Michael Collins Collectibles
Michael Collins is a retired test pilot and former astronaut. He was the third crew member of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, during which man walked on the Moon for the first time.
Collins joined the U.S Air Force, and after completing his training at a variety of bases he was selected for advanced fighter training at Nellis Air Force Base. After assignments in France and West Germany he returned to the U.S to help instruct mechanics on aircraft servicing.
After accumulating over 1,500 hours of flying time he was granted a place at the USAF Experimental Flight Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base. After intensive training he applied for a position in the second group of NASA astronauts, but was unsuccessful. Undeterred, he reapplied in 1963 and was accepted in the third group (along with his later Apollo 11 crew mate Buzz Aldrin).
He acted as a member of the backup crew for Gemini 8, before being selected for the Gemini 10 mission and made his first journey into space in July 1966.
In 1969 Collins was a crew member of the celebrated Apollo 11 mission along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Whilst Armstrong and Aldrin landed the Eagle module on the lunar suface, Collins remained on the Command module in orbit around the Moon.
During the later years of his career Collins held the positions of Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, director of the National Air and Space Museum and the undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
At a Bonhams auction in July 2009 a Beta Cloth Emblem carried aboard Apollo 11 by Collins in his personal preference kit was sold for $61,000. The emblem was the same as that worn by all three crew members on their space suits, and was signed by Collins, Armstrong and Aldrin along with a letter of provenance written by Collins.
In a Bonhams sale in 2010, another of the signed emblem patches from Collins’ kit was sold for $85,400.
A flown rendezvous checklist from the Gemini 10 mission featuring hand-written annotations by Collins was sold at a Heritage auction in 2009 for $14,340. It came from the personal collection of Mission Commander John Young, and featured the note “Keep turning the pages, you idiot!”
A space-flown first day cover signed by Collins along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was sold by Heritage in 2009 for $26,290.
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