Apollo 11 collectibles
Apollo 11 collectibles are items of space memorabilia relating to the Apollo 11 lunar mission in 1969.
Apollo 11 was a United States space flight mission in July 1969, which resulted in mankind landing on the Moon’s surface for the first time. It was launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on July 16th 1969, and after separating from the Columbia command module the lunar module (Eagle) touched down on the Moon on July 20th.
Aboard the mission were three veteran astronauts; Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins. On July 21 Armstrong became the first man on the moon followed by Aldrin whilst Collins remained orbiting the moon inside the Columbia. The event was watched live by around 600 million people around the world, and is one of the most famous events in 20th century history. Several hours later they returned to the Columbia and splashed down to Earth in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.
For space memorabilia collectors, items connected with the Apollo 11 mission are the most prized and sought-after.
Notable Apollo 11 collectibles
The autograph of Neil Armstrong is considered amongst the rarest of all signatures. Armstrong stopped signing autographs in 1994 after he found that his signed items were being sold for large amounts of money, with many forgeries in circulation. In the last 10 years the value of his autograph has appreciated by more than 900%, according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.
Items signed by all three crew members are highly-valuable, and can sell for thousands of dollars.
Badges and Patches
The three astronauts each wore a patch designed by Michael Collins himself featuring an Eagle holding an olive branch. At a Bonham’s space auction in April 2010 Collins’ own Apollo 11 patch, signed by himself and his crew mates in 1969, sold for $85,400.
Several notable items of equipment such as charts and plans have sold at auction in recent years.
In 2009 the original Apollo 11 lunar module landing sequence was sold by Bonham’s for $152,000.
In the same year the Apollo 11 navigation chart, used by Armstrong and Aldrin to navigate on the surface of the Moon, was sold by Bonham’s for $218,000, making it the most expensive item of space memorabilia ever sold at auction.
In 2010 a copy of the Apollo 11 flight plan was sold by Bonham’s, also for $152,000.