Neil Armstrong, Apollo memorabilia pulled from RR Auction sale

A joystick used to control Apollo 11 and a recording of Neil Armstrong's heartbeat as he landed on the Moon have been pulled from RR Auction's highly anticipated May 23 auction of space memorabilia.

Apollo 11 hand controller
RR Auction has missed out on a major sale, for now - Al Worden's joystick from Apollo 15 sold for over $72,000 in April

The items have been removed from the sale, along with a complete tool kit carried on the final manned Moon mission, after NASA asked for more time to research their ownership.

NASA's general counsel will now investigate whether the items are still federal property.

The move stresses the importance of obtaining items with a strong provenance. PFC Auctions has some fantastic space collectibles, each of which is issued with a letter of provenance.

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