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Auction: Space Exploration
was auctioned on: 20 July 2019
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Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000
Price realised:  US$60,000
Lot number 119, Views: 80

FROM THE COLLECTION OF A PROMINENT WEST COAST COLLECTORFLOWN ON APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE PILOT BUZZ ALDRIN'S FLOWN APOLLO 11 SILVER ROBBINS MEDALLION FLOWN Apollo 11 Robbins Medallion #439, NGC MS 65 (certificate number: 4068612-001), sterling silver, 28 mm in diameter. Obverse features the mission insignia with the bald eagle on the lunar surface, reverse engraved with launch, landing, and return dates ("July 16, 1969 | July 20, 1969 | July 24, 1969") and serial number. With a typed letter signed by BUZZ ALDRIN on his Starcraft Enterprises letterhead. ONE OF ONLY 440 FLOWN OF 450 MINTED — A FLOWN RELIC FROM THE SPACEFLIGHT THAT LANDED MAN ON THE MOON — ORIGINALLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LMP BUZZ ALDRIN On July 16th, 1969 at 9:32 EDT the world watched as the Apollo 11 space vehicle launched, carrying on board its crew: Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins. After a 2½ hour checkout period, the Saturn V rocket's third stage injected Command Service Module (CSM) Columbia and Lunar Module (LM) Eagle into the translunar phase of the mission, and at approximately 76 hours, the spacecraft was inserted into lunar orbit. At 100 hours the LM was undocked, and about 90 minutes later, the descent orbit insertion maneuver was performed with a near 30 second burn of the descent propulsion system. Approximately 70 minutes later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down onto the lunar surface aboard the Eagle in the Sea of Tranquility. FLOWN relics from Apollo 11 are among the most prized in this collecting field. As the fifty years anniversary of the first lunar landing nears, the present lot affords an exciting opportunity to recapture the magic of that occasion, as Armstrong and Aldrin stepped out into the Sea of Tranquility, and into the unknown. Buzz Aldrin's provenance letter reads: "This is to certify that the silver medallion (serial #439) was flown aboard the Apollo XI mission to the moon and that it is from my personal collection."

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Sotheby's
Title: Space Exploration
Date of the auction: 20 Jul 2019
Address: Sotheby's
New York