r/todayilearned May 24 '22

TIL After Neil Armstrong's death, his sons put hundreds of items they inherited from their parents on auction, pulling in $14.69 million. Neil Armstrong owned pieces of fabric from Wright Flyer, and Apollo 11 gold medal that sold for $2.04 million

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/11/18/14-69-million-raisied-auctioning-off-neil-armstrong-belongings/4230929002/
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u/RoguePlanet1 May 24 '22

A lot of the Wright's plane material IIRC was used to make women's dresses. Some was also left on the lunar surface.

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u/pi-N-apple May 25 '22

There is a piece on Mars now too!

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u/RoguePlanet1 May 25 '22

Oooh. Of course the first thing we do is litter the solar system 😆

Seriously, though, that's so cool. Fascinating how little time it took between the two events.

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u/Ripper_Jack May 25 '22

From the wright brother first flight to the moon was 65 years. From the moon until now is almost 53 years. Hard to believe.

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u/CyberNinja23 May 24 '22 edited May 25 '22

Wait there is a women’s dress on the moon?

Cue to empty spacesuit in a sundress, showing a leg and pointing a hitchhikers thumb, next to an overturned lunar rover, not far from the American flag

Edit:Concept Art

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u/OliverHazzzardPerry May 24 '22

I feel like I’ve seen that, only it was Bugs Bunny dressed like a lady rabbit.

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u/OneWorldMouse May 24 '22

Bugs Bunny dressed like a lady rabbit.

That always made me feel kinda funny

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u/Hillytoo May 24 '22

Garth? Is that you?

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u/The_Vat May 25 '22

As per Zapp Brannigan:

"That young man fills me with hope... plus some other emotions that are weird and deeply confusing"

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u/tentrynos May 25 '22

Kif! Have the boy lay out ny formal shorts.

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u/al_fletcher May 25 '22

He took another wrong turn at Albuquerque??

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u/Malbethion May 24 '22

In Space, people get bored.

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u/cyrusm May 25 '22

HI BOB!

...Hi Bob!

....hi bob....

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u/kingerthethird May 24 '22

Good idea for a surreal painting.

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u/AppleDane May 25 '22

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u/strangehitman22 May 25 '22

whats the ai? I wanna try

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u/Xandari11 May 25 '22

Wow creepy just keep that to yourself thx

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u/peaceoutwhat May 25 '22

Nice bud! What model did you generate this with?

Edit: Looked at your profile and saw the voyage/ai-art comment. What compelled you to buy a subscription?

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u/AppleDane May 25 '22

I like the experimental side of the whole "AI-Art" thing, both in text and graphics. I wanted to support that. Also, it's actually quite impressive what can be created.

That being said, there are still kinks and bugs to Voyage. Sometimes the system is just unavailable, sometimes it goes slow.

Edit: Oops, the model is "Disco Diffusion".

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u/Hybrid_Johnny May 25 '22

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u/Flooko May 25 '22

heyyoooo

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u/AlmostButNotQuit May 25 '22

!remindme, 1 week

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u/Online-Vagabond May 25 '22

I eagerly await this one should they do it

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u/McMan777 May 25 '22

Or album art.

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u/barbecue_invader May 24 '22

Don't panic.

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u/arthurdentstowels May 25 '22

Always know where your towel is

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u/Verypoorman May 25 '22

I do like the aspect of taking the pieces of mans first aircraft and placing it on the moon. Such pride in the species…

Look at us now…

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u/numanoid May 25 '22

You might want to look up the state of things in 1969.

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u/Sludgehammer May 25 '22

Well... to be fair, the entire moon race was just a proxy to show our rockets were so great we could reach anywhere on (or off) Earth with nuclear weapons, so not really much backsliding.

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u/bolanrox May 24 '22

he brought some of the wright flyer fabric with him to the moon as part of his personal allotment

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u/ninjas_in_my_pants May 24 '22

It’s amazing to think how quickly we went from first flight to landing on the damn moon.

I say “we,” but I really didn’t have anything to do with it.

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u/forgetfulsue May 24 '22

Right? It astonishes me. To a lesser scale cell phones. My first was one that was basically a glorified handless landline (not that big but still). Now I’m carrying a freaking computer in my pocket.

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u/huntingteacher25 May 24 '22

I made fun of folks who had cell phones. It cost a lot to have one then and I couldn’t understand why a person needed to call someone in the car. I also made fun of bottled water. I still think I’m right on that one!!

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u/bolanrox May 24 '22

I knew a guy who had one of the first mobile phones. There were several batteries wired up in his trunk to carry it.

Or the 6 disc CD changers that went under your front seat

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u/huntingteacher25 May 24 '22

I was managing a bank. This young kid comes in to open a business account for a cell phone store in the shopping center. He said he owned 4 of them. I was like, what a dumb idea. We all have phones that work great for free from the phone company. I think this kid is throwing away good money. He probably owns an island by now!!!

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u/Slowkidplaying May 25 '22

Do you think he sells phones on his island?

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u/huntingteacher25 May 25 '22

Yes, I think those who are fortunate to visit his private island are coming for a cell plan only he can offer on his private island. Maybe he has a cell phone center built into his seaside mansion. The AT&T lady is there, offering deals!!

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u/Ru4pigsizedelephants May 25 '22

Better than the way Epstein used his.

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u/Slowkidplaying May 25 '22

I'm into this story now. You should make a movie about this guy.

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u/Green18Clowntown May 25 '22

Dude at the corner store by me always told me about the first guy tryin to get cooler space for bottled water. “People can get water from the faucet for free, what an idiot” .

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u/huntingteacher25 May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

I was in college and someone said they read the next big thing was bottled water. This was about 1990/91. I again said that was just crazy. Water fountains give you water for free!! I’d have bet my life bottled water would have never came about back then.

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u/DivePalau May 25 '22

Bottled water is a waste. Also the paper plastic cups I see coworkers using for water or coffee everyday. Just bring a damn water bottle and mug!

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u/dubadub May 25 '22

The waste is the point, for some...

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u/forgetfulsue May 25 '22

My dad got me one when I was 16 and driving. I’m having a hard time believing that was over 20 years ago, but here we are! I have had a landline since college (also over 20yrs ago)

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u/UncleJacksGiantHands May 25 '22

We all need to make fun of bottled water. The only time I’ve ever seen it as a life saver is traveling overseas. Water in Southeast Asia doesn’t always agree with me.

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u/beavedaniels May 24 '22

Our poor monkey brains can't keep up. I think that's part of the reason our world is so fucked right now.

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u/Pay-Homage May 25 '22

I had once read a fact (unverified) that there’s more technology in the original iPhone than there was on their spaceship to the moon.

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u/forgetfulsue May 25 '22

Yeah, more computing power or something like that.

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u/Colosso95 May 26 '22

The lunar module was actually quite "crude" in terms of technology. Obviously it was very advanced at the time but not too much; you don't want your experimental unreliable stuff on board during such a difficult mission

If you took a look inside you'd see levers and handles just like on an old school plane

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u/Saith_Cassus May 25 '22

It’s so nuts to look at the science fiction of a century ago and to see just how much of it exists.

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u/MustacheEmperor May 25 '22

Orville Wright lived long enough to first invent the airplane, and then to see one drop a bomb that could annihilate a city.

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u/FinndBors May 25 '22

I say “we,” but I really didn’t have anything to do with it.

You are part of the human race. It is okay to be proud of what humanity has accomplished.

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u/dubadub May 25 '22

All scientific achievement is just standing on the shoulders of giants over and over again...

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u/drpinkcream May 25 '22

We did it!

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u/Impregneerspuit May 25 '22

Leap for mankind and all that.

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u/Bong-Rippington May 25 '22

We had as much to do with the Wright brothers as Neil Armstrong. Isn’t that amazing?

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u/HALF_PAST_HOLE May 24 '22

Hey, you tried your best Buddy! that's all that matter!

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u/ninjas_in_my_pants May 24 '22

I wasn’t born yet for either, so I really did the absolute minimum.

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u/JerrSolo May 25 '22

Still more than those slackers who were never born at all.

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u/Kiyae1 May 25 '22

Couldn’t have done it without you comrade!

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u/Kosher-Bacon May 24 '22

Some is also on Mars. There was a small piece of fabric on Ingenuity.

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u/CrieDeCoeur May 24 '22

He also brought a small patch of Clan Armstrong tartan.

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u/FuzzySoda916 May 24 '22 edited May 25 '22

I remembered reading when they got back from the moon and were living the high life at cocktail parties, Armstrong would tell a joke about the moon, a bad one, and then when no one laughed he would chuckle and say "I guess you had to be there"

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u/NoiLLion May 24 '22

Must have been a boss life after the return. Holy shit, major celebritydom.

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u/LtSoundwave May 25 '22

I bet he had a personalized licence plate that read MOON MAN.

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u/Stubbedtoe18 May 25 '22

Not ASSMAN?

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u/LtSoundwave May 25 '22

He would have, but Buzz Aldrin claimed it first.

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u/partytown_usa May 25 '22

Second comes right after first!

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u/sausagulous May 25 '22

ANUSTRT

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u/Socky_McPuppet May 25 '22

I’ve made a terrible mistake

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u/Frammingatthejimjam May 25 '22

Well, as far as the state of New York is concerned, you are the Assman.

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u/NoiLLion May 25 '22

Riding on moon rims.

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u/userincognito00 May 25 '22

Brought a pussy magnet from the moon

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u/LocoinSoCo May 25 '22

Does anyone remember the SNL skit with Neil Armstrong howling, “Moooon!”, while orgasming in his wife, and she said, “Get over it!!”?

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u/t3chiman May 24 '22

Armstrong asserted command privilege on the Moon, insisted on carrying the Hasselblad medium format film camera. As a result, all the high-res pictures of astronauts on the Moon are of Aldrin. In the iconic astronaut-on-the-moon shot, Armstrong shows up as a refection on Aldrin’s visor.

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u/Menace2Sobriety May 24 '22

Seeing that Speedmaster wrapped around the wrist of the spacesuit on the moons surface always gets me chuffed. Okay ciao!

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u/Hyperian May 25 '22

And hasselblad makes sure you know it to this day!

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u/coffeeshopslut May 25 '22

Same with omega. We get it, your watches made it to the moon

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u/VineStGuy May 25 '22

For those commenting that museums should have some stuff, they did. The Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science where Armstrong sat on the Board of Directors built a Space museum with items from him. https://www.cincymuseum.org/neil-armstrong-space-exploration-gallery/

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u/Leucocephalus May 25 '22

https://www.armstrongmuseum.org/

There's also an Armstrong museum. If I remember correctly from my childhood, it's pretty small but still exists.

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u/PostalCarrier May 25 '22

It’s a small but surprisingly well-done museum that is very worth a pit stop for anyone driving through the area. Located in his hometown of Wapokaneta, OH, it’s an easy stop off of I-75 or a ~1hr detour off I-70 or I-90

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u/Annihilicious May 25 '22

The real museums have the actual Apollo capsules. The Wright flyer is at the Smithsonian. There are three full Saturn Vs on display. No offence, but I don’t care about any of Neil’s trinkets compared to those things.

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u/Crash_Test_Dummy66 May 25 '22

That Saturn 5 that hangs from the ceiling of the building at Kennedy Space center is one of the most mind blowing things I've seen. It's so big

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u/llcorona May 25 '22 This

Neil A., or Alien spelled backwards.

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u/pomod May 25 '22

Coincidence? I think not.

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u/iamhewhocanconfirm May 25 '22

His full name is "GNORTS, MR. ALIEN" O.o

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u/Kwetla May 25 '22

Gnorts!

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u/EatThyStool May 25 '22

There are no coincidences.

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u/inailedyoursister May 25 '22

God Damn you. Brilliant.

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u/Annhl8rX May 25 '22

An auction of stuff from Michael Collins is coming ip with some very similar stuff. I imagine his won’t go for quite as much. https://historical.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?N=3196+793+794+792+2088+4294942275&ic=Items-OpenAuctions-Open-BrowseViewLots-071713

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u/_the_pundit May 25 '22

I don't understand why Michael Collins is so freaking underrated. Most of my friends were surprised when I told them about him and said "I didn't even know they sent 3 guys up there". He's a freaking legend and should be appreciated equally.

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u/theducks May 25 '22

The Apollo 11 crew made a world goodwill tour after their return. They did two stops in Australia - a major one in Sydney, and lesser known one in Perth, for about an hour.

For the Perth one, the city shutdown at noon, and about 20% of the population got out along the travel route. The plane stopped, they got off while it was refuelled, drove into the city centre, gave a speech, we sung happy birthday to Michael Collins, and then they went straight back to the plane and flew onto Sydney.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2401868426805803

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u/Hilltoptree May 25 '22

I recommend this podcast made by BBC a few years ago. Part 1 was the landing on the moon and part 2 was the Apollo 13.

In part 1 episode 7, they interviewed Michael Collins, who was still alive back then.

I find the whole podcast really good and very moving. And why don’t they make more of it about some of the other flights.

Overall, if you don’t care a bit for the moon, at least listen to this podcast for the sake of Hans Zimmer, as he made the theme music for this podcast.

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u/_the_pundit May 25 '22

You had me at podcast. Add moon landing , Apollo 13 and Hans freaking Zimmer to it that's just bonus for me.

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u/earther199 May 24 '22

He notoriously refused to cash in on his fame. His children clearly had no problem with that.

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u/bartbartholomew May 25 '22

They sold the things that were worth more money than personal value. Those items had personal value to Neil, not to his kids. I'm sure they kept handful of things with personal value.

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u/PussayDESTROYAAA_420 May 25 '22 Helpful

Not sure about that, if my father was the first human in history to step foot on something that isn't Earth I'd keep that medal to the day I die. I understand other stuff but that sounds important even if it did fetch 2 million.

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u/klawehtgod May 25 '22

well then you and armstrong's children must be different people with different opinions, belief systems, and relationships with their parents.

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u/cjdavda May 25 '22

If the options are "work every day of your life but have a gold medal" or "neither you nor your family ever work again" I think I could rationalize letting that piece of history go to a collector.

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u/jonosvision May 25 '22

Right? I mean I know some people want to get on their high horse and call them greedy for selling stuff like that, but the reality is most of us would do the same. I can do a lot more good with 2 mil then with something I'd stare at every once in a while.

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u/lacheur42 May 25 '22

I watched a behind the scenes thing on the Antiques Roadshow. One of the appraisers said that almost 100% of the time the people who found out their stuff was significantly valuable but said "Well, that's interesting, but it's priceless to us - we'd never sell it", got back in touch with him within a couple weeks asking how to sell, because they'd changed their mind.

I'd to exactly the same. It's just stuff.

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u/Tumble85 May 25 '22

Yea, I don't believe anybody (who isn't already rich) when they say they would turn down $2mil for selling a medal.

Plus my dad would absolutely 1000% want me to sell a medal of his if it'd do that much financial good for me.

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u/Wrobot_rock May 25 '22

You could have a hardened chunk of Play-Doh that has been imprinted with this metal and attach equal sentimental value to it. It's only purpose is to serve as a reminder, and bring back fond memories. If you can still manage to conjure up those memories with $2 million in your pocket and no metal, I know which option I would choose

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u/bartbartholomew May 25 '22

They probably have something else that is even more personally significant that they kept. Those items were worth more as money to his kids than sentamental items. They probably still have a few items that went to the moon, that are worth more as sentamental items than money. And depending on finantial situation, it's possible his kids really needed the money. Sentamental items aren't worth much when they are sitting in the grocery cart you call home.

Personally, if I was Neil, I'd want my kids to sell my stuff and go on a vacation with my grandkids. Have a big ass bondfire on a beach in Italy and tell stories about me while drinking some local wine. The stuff isn't all that important. People are.

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u/jpritchard May 25 '22

For two million dollars I would sell you my dad's corpse.

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u/lacheur42 May 25 '22

How fresh are we talkin'?

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u/seemslucky May 25 '22

I'll let you know tomorrow.

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u/chainmailbill May 25 '22

If you’re open to negotiation, I’ve got a box of ten year old ash that my dad would be really happy if I got a cool million for.

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u/ValyrianJedi May 25 '22

It's just a medal though. Your father is still the first man on the moon whether you have a ribbon to show for it or not.

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u/_Noise May 25 '22

Neither you nor I have any frame of reference frankly

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u/He-is-climbing May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

When your parents die, part of the process is getting rid of their shit that doesn't mean anything to you. Just because Neil Armstrong had exceptionally interesting stuff doesn't change the fact that this was a completely normal part of the "moving on with your life" process.

Would it have been better for some of this stuff to go to a museum? Maybe, but an article about the stuff they surely sent to museums doesn't get hate-clicks.

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u/fanghornegghorn May 25 '22

It’s not like it was sold to someone that ate it

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u/isikorsky May 25 '22

The kids might have also been hit with a tax bill.

This shows the estate was over the limit

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u/exkon May 25 '22

It belongs in a museum!

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u/aaronhayes26 May 25 '22

Meh, that’s their decision to make. I would’ve done the same.

The idea that children are obliged to hold onto their ancestor’s mementoes indefinitely is stupid.

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u/jcd1974 May 25 '22

They could have needed the money to pay estate taxes.

Also family dynamics can play a role.

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u/Borfistaken May 24 '22

Yeah selling all that stuff that definitely rubs me the wrong way. Maybe they were inundated with memorabilia and they still kept some? Seems callous though.

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u/Anarcho_punk217 May 25 '22

Money is easy to split between people, things aren't if they all feel the same about them.

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u/dayyou May 25 '22

plus a lot of the sold items will have a much more likelihood of being preserved and or shared with other interested parties. I know for a fact they'd just collect dust under my possession. sentimental or not.

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u/mrubuto22 May 24 '22

i mean he died 10 years ago. the article makes it seem like his body was still warm.

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u/bartbartholomew May 25 '22

In fairness, I didn't know he was dead.

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u/mrubuto22 May 25 '22

You probably briefly did, then forgot

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u/droidtron May 25 '22

Michael Collins just died last year. Buzz Aldrin is the last member of the team.

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u/HenryJonesJunior May 24 '22

Stories don't pay the rent. If there are a few mementos you care about, keep them, but $14M will keep your family set for multiple generations.

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u/Endurlay May 25 '22

$14 million invested at 8% gives you more than enough money to never work a day for the rest of your life and still have more money to pass on to your kids than you started with.

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u/koreanwizard May 25 '22

I can tell you that if my parents died and left me with 15 million in memorabilia, I'd hock that shit asap as long as it wasn't in the dying wishes of my parents to hold onto it forever. With that said, i'd give priority to any bids from museums or galleries that intended on displaying the pieces for the public, but stuff is stuff.

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u/Impregneerspuit May 25 '22

The more mundane stuff also loses value after a while, better to cash out early. There are years of oldtimers that no one wants because anyone with nostalgia for those has died.

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u/Kricket May 25 '22

I don’t think it’s callous at all. I’d bet their father would be thrilled that his fame has allowed his family to live very comfortably.

Every dad’s dream, right?

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u/aa033 May 25 '22

You don't need materialistic objectsto remember your parents. And unless my parents gave me something to keep, I wouldn't think twice about selling it unless it had personal value to me.

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u/BrokenHero408 May 25 '22

Wtf is "Apollo 11 gold medal"

E. It's basically a coin lol

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u/ntwiles May 25 '22

He was the best at space.

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u/KGhaleon May 24 '22

Point being, leave your kids money. Don't leave them rare valuable treasures.

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u/OliverHazzzardPerry May 24 '22 Take My Energy

Won’t be a problem.

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u/JerrSolo May 25 '22

Someday, son, all this will be yours.

What, the piggy bank?

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u/strangehitman22 May 25 '22

No son, this piece gum, that piggy bank is a rental

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u/Convict003606 May 25 '22

How do you see that as the point? Neil Armstrong was a US military officer. He was never going to be able to put together a fortune like that without cashing on on his fame while alive or leaving stuff his family could liquidate. He long understood this.

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u/IHv2RtrnSumVdeotapes May 25 '22

i dont know how much money his sons had. but if they werent rich, and had the potential to sell items that would make them millionaires and provide themselves and their future generations with lifetime wealth......bye bye inherited items.

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u/Annihilicious May 25 '22

Neil Armstrong lived to be 82. His kids were not young, and you can be damn sure the grandkids would’ve sold everything.

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u/RogueNine 1 May 24 '22

No insurance company would cover the Apollo astronauts, so while in quarantine waiting for the launch, they signed hundreds of autographed envelopes and smuggled them out to a friend. Then on certain important dates- the day of the launch, the day they landed and walked- that friend got the envelopes post marked.

If they died up there, their families could have sold those autographs and lived comfortably, send their kids to college, etc.

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u/Splice1138 May 24 '22

Yeah, that's a good one. He stopped signing autographs long before the other Apollo astronauts did.

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u/SovietAmerican May 25 '22

Buzz Aldrin can still sign autographs!

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u/Splice1138 May 25 '22

He's probably happy to. What I was referring to was that Armstrong stopped signing autographs in 1994, nearly 20 years before he died, just because he didn't want the limelight

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u/obommer May 24 '22

keep that.

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u/dirtydownstairs May 24 '22

He was the Space Cowboy

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u/cjdavda May 25 '22

Neil 'Maurice' Armstrong

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u/Socky_McPuppet May 25 '22

He speaks of one small pompitous of love, one giant pompitous of mankind

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u/AmishRocket May 24 '22

This is not true. Travelers, through a Houston insurance agent, provided $50,000 life policies on each of the men. I’ve seen the policy signature page and talked to Buzz about this several years ago.

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u/internet-arbiter May 24 '22

So, they did do these autographs and photographs.

But the idea they were the only life insurance policy is in fact a myth.

https://www.beaglestreet.com/life-insurance-astronauts-insuring-uninsurable

At this point, we need to take a quick detour from the myths surrounding the Apollo 11 flight, which claims that Armstrong and his crew flew without insurance, because they weren’t able to afford it.

It’s true to say that they couldn’t afford it on their salary, but they didn’t actually ever fly without insurance. US regulations forbade NASA from paying for the insurance out of their budget, but it wasn’t long until an insurer came to the rescue. The Travellers’ Insurance Company, based in Hartford, Connecticut, offered to insure the Apollo 11 astronauts, with premiums being paid for by the Austral Oil Company and the Cullen Central Bank.

Doubtless both the insurers and the sponsors thought this might be a stunning PR move, being the names behind protecting America’s heroes of the hour. However, Neil Armstrong had other ideas, and reportedly blocked any publicity surrounding the deal.

This makes finding exact details of the policy difficult. Armstrong’s modesty may have rendered a key piece of Life Insurance history lost to the ages, although, given the circumstances, we’ll cut him some slack there.

Even with cover provided, this was entirely down to third parties, certainly the astronauts themselves had little say in the matter. We’re not even sure how long before take-off this cover was finalised. What we do know is that the American government also encouraged the crew to provide for their families in more ingenious ways…

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u/AmishRocket May 25 '22

Doesn’t matter. It’s still true that Travelers insured the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Here’s a promotional item they gave to their agents in 1969. http://www.collectspace.com/review/rjurek/travelersinsurance_apollo02-lg.jpg

And a related ad they ran in Life magazine in 1970. http://www.collectspace.com/review/rjurek/travelersinsurance_apollo01-lg.jpg

Lots of information out there to confirm, including in the NYTimes. It’s still referenced on the company’s website, too. And the framed signature document for the original policy is on display at one of their Connecticut offices.

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u/bolanrox May 24 '22

it's also really well know, as well as what happened with 15(?) when they tried the same thing

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u/MakeAmericaSwolAgain May 24 '22

You literally copied and pasted this from the thread OP posted in /r/space. I thought I was having a stroke because I literally just read this on the other post.

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u/RogueNine 1 May 24 '22

I mean, I didn't? I found an article and summarized it.

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u/Wajina_Sloth May 24 '22 edited May 24 '22

Both are posted within a minute of each other so the other guy could have copied?

Edit: after refreshing it shows the person on this thread wrote it 36 minutes ago and the pasted thread was 35 minutes ago.

So he is the OC.

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u/Otterman2006 May 24 '22

Post the proof?

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u/MakeAmericaSwolAgain May 24 '22

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u/Otterman2006 May 24 '22

Hot shit its word for word lol. Two people summarizing the same thing would write differently

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u/Guardias May 24 '22

The timestamps on both posts make MakeAmericaSwolAgain wrong though. Looks like the dude in the other thread copied if anyone did so.

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u/ClownfishSoup May 24 '22

In other words they sold $20M worth of stuff for $14.69M

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u/NoiLLion May 24 '22

Yeah.

I'm always stunned at the auction house greed and the cut they take.

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u/jlaw54 May 25 '22

And yet the family wouldn’t have gotten near the price they did by selling them individually. I’m all for down with the oligarchy and all that, but this is a poor hill to charge. Let’s not cry over someone walking away with 14 million dollars please…..

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u/vancouver_reader May 25 '22

how do you know it was over $20M of stuff?

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u/shewy92 May 25 '22

Mark Armstrong said he and his wife Wendy will use some auction proceeds to build a charitable organization called Vantage Earth Foundation focused on the fate of the planet

This is the only thing I could find on that charity

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u/vancouver_reader May 25 '22

well it is still legit even if it is a small family charity started by Wendy Armstrong

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u/creimanlllVlll May 24 '22

Shared it with the world.

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u/187Shotta May 24 '22

A nice pay day though. 14M didn't go to anyone but his family.

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u/Duvo May 25 '22

Exactly. If you love your belongings, don't keep them in a corner collecting dust, set them free. I'm willing to bet what they kept had much more value to them

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u/silverback_79 May 25 '22

Apollo 11 gold medal

Poor Buzz got silver.

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u/SlackerNinja717 May 25 '22

I'd rather own a piece of the wright brothers plain than an NFT, and that's for sure.

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u/thugmastershake May 24 '22

probably also the ancient metal library found in Tayos cave in Ecuador, he was part of an expedition there, look it up!

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u/AerialSnack May 25 '22

TIL Neil Armstrong died?!?

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u/ChickenWangKang May 25 '22

Even the gold medal? If I were his son I’d be keeping that or at least donating it to a museum!

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u/Sotty63 May 25 '22

I'm sure Museums were able to bid. It's not an actual item of signifigance, but rather an item made to mark an historic event. Moon rock -> museum ; stupid commerative medal -> cash out.

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u/new_q May 25 '22

I see nothing wrong with this..

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u/vandalous5 May 25 '22

I tried to buy some of his scout stuff from his youth but got outbid each time.

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u/inailedyoursister May 25 '22

It's fun reading these comments about not selling the items. Like people here haven't sold their parent or grandparents house after they died. But when it's someone else it's different, right?

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u/stocks-mostly-lower May 24 '22
 Good for them 😊.   I always admired their father.

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u/Remorseful_User May 24 '22

My exe-wife's uncle was a chief engineer on those apollo missions. He showed me pictures once of a bunch of the astronauts partying at his house with beers. They were wild. Neil posed with a lampshade on his head.

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u/africanrhino May 24 '22

Always thought he was a bit shady

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u/bolanrox May 24 '22

worked hard and played harder for sure

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u/Downloading_Bungee May 24 '22

If you read the book the right stuff, they talk a lot about how wild the astronauts were.

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u/SpaceWrangler593 May 25 '22

Could use that money to fly to space, follow in their father's footsteps. Full circle.

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u/lunahastuna May 25 '22

Hustling ain’t easy

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u/Brewski317 May 25 '22

I don't have a lot of money, but I bought something in the first auction. I already had this album, so this was like my link to Mr. Armstrong. A fun conversation piece.

https://historical.ha.com/itm/explorers/space-exploration/vinyl-sergio-mendes-and-brasil-66-herb-alpert-presents-sergio-mendes-and-brasil-66-aandm-records-original/a/6209-50429.s

I wanted a magazine with his mailing label from my birth month, but I got priced out pretty quickly.

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