Neil Armstrong jumpsuit auction

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Neil Armstrong auction includes moon flag, Gemini flight suit

October 05, 2018 - 12:25 pm

NEW YORK CITY (1010 WINS) -- One small bid could land you one giant piece of history.

Some of the belongings of legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong are going up for sale, including the American flag that went to the Moon.  

Armstrong died in 2012, and his sons are now selling a collection of memorabilia to benefit various charities. Heritage Auctions previewed the items, which hit the auction block next month.

Kathleen Guzman, the managing director of Heritage, tells 1010 WINS' John Montone that anything Armstrong tugs at us.

“If you ask anyone where they were that day, they can almost tell you pinpoint exactly what TV they were looking at and what house,” she said. “It was a rallying point for America.”

Anybody can bid on keepsakes belonging to Armstrong, just as the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 approaches.

Guzman says Armstrong was a pack rat; he saved a letter he wrote to the Easter bunny and a report card from third grade (he got nearly straight As).

Among the items are also many medallions, one of Armstrong’s Gemini flight suits and an autographed Newsweek cover of the Moon landing.

Armstrong's son Mark says he learned more about his father preserving this history, especially from the small mementos he carried into space, among them a 14-carat gold pendant with diamonds that Armstrong gave his wife Janet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.