Some interesting John F. Kennedy items in the RR Auction that ends tomorrow. There’s a Harvard sweater, which would warm you nicely this time of year. I’d rather have the Commander-in-Chief bomber jacket, but that will probably be costly. Oh, and there are a lot of assassination-related items. That would include a handwritten letter from Lee Harvey Oswald, and an original window sash from the Texas School Book Depository.
For you autograph fans, how about a Fidel Castro-signed Bay of Pigs map.
Now, Heritage Auctions recently brought in almost $7.5 million with a lot of Neil Armstrong stuff. You can’t say it had something to do with the movie “First Man” being released, as that wasn’t the most well-regarded picture.
The item that sold for the most was Armstrong’s spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11’s lunar module Eagle. It went for $468,500. Now for me...I stopped bidding when it went over $200,000. At that point it was out of my price range.
The auction also had fragments from the propeller and a section of the wing from the Wright brothers’ Flyer, which was the first heavier-than-air self-powered aircraft. Those went from $275,000 each.
The flight suit Armstrong wore on Gemini 8, the 1966 mission that performed the first docking of two spacecraft in flight (which was also shown in the movie)...brought in $109,375.
What I found most amusing was the Armstrong children. Mark Armstrong said that he and his brother Rick were sharing this collection with the public “in the hopes of inspiring future generations and reminding us all of what we can accomplish when we all have a shared common vision.”
Uh, really? I think it’s because you guys wanted to make $7 mil. Now, I don’t begrudge them that, but don’t lie about it. If you want to “inspire” why not donate that to the Boy Scouts or some NASA museum? And...I heard one radio station saying that they also had Armstrong’s Playboy collection up for sale. I’m sure that will inspire many boys in the future.