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Details of Lot 553
[COLLINS MICHAEL]: (1930- ) American Astronaut, Command Module Pilot of Apollo XI, the historic NASA mission which took the first men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, to the moon on 20th July 1969. The personal NASA flight suit worn by Michael Collins, believed to have been used in connection with the Apollo XI mission and removed from his personal locker just six months after the historic flight following his retirement from NASA in January 1970. The sky blue heavy cotton flight suit bears the Flite Wear label of the manufacturers Land Mfg. Co. of Wichita, Kansas, official suppliers to NASA, and has numerous zipped pockets, snap pockets and Velcro patches (one of which, on the chest, would have originally carried Michael Collins' name tag) as well as a circular blue, white and red embroidered NASA logo patch stitched to the chest. From the collection of the former NASA physical conditioning supervisor to the Apollo astronauts, Joe Garino Jr., Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Garino, illustrated with two images of the suit, and stating, in part 'Blue Nasa flight suit worn by Michael Collins after his recovery from the Apollo XI mission….' The suit was removed and retained by Garino with the express permission of NASA astronaut L. Gordon Cooper. Signed at the conclusion by Garino and dated 16th April 2008 in his hand. An outstanding and exceptionally rare souvenir of a member of the Apollo XI crew who, along with Armstrong and Aldrin, is recognised as one of the greatest explorers of the 20th century. Some extremely light signs of wear and a few very light, minor stains at the base of the legs. VG

Michael Collins was only involved as a crew member for two NASA missions, those of Gemini X (1966) and Apollo XI (1969).
Autograph Auction
Radisson Edwardian Hotel Heathrow
18 July 2009