Neil Armstrong’s own American flag, flown to the Moon
(APOLLO 11.) NEIL ARMSTRONG. United States flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11
NASA, July 16-24, 1969
United States flag printed on silk (18 x 11 1⁄2 in.), red stitching. Original folds. Fine condition.
This extra-large American flag, flown to the Moon on the Apollo 11 mission, is from Neil Armstrong’s personal collection. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 mission and became the first man to walk on the Moon. John F. Kennedy had declared in 1962, “We mean to lead, for the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace.”
Apollo 11 flown U.S. flags are among the most sought-after of flown space relics, and this extra-large form is the most desirable of all. Examples of the small souvenir flag appear for sale from time to time, but only a handful of flown examples of this extra-large size exist. Measuring 18 x 11 1⁄2 inches, this flag is eight times as large as the usual Apollo 11 flown flag.
The record price, of the three known ex-Armstrong large flags, was $275,000 at the November 2018 Armstrong sale.
This flag, from Armstrong’s personal collection, will be a highlight of any collection.
Provenance: Neil Armstrong, with the official Armstrong family collection encapsulation and authentication.