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    A check endorsed by the first man on the moon.

    Neil Armstrong Document Signed: Check Endorsed on the Verso "FOR DEPOSIT ONLY/ Neil A. Armstrong" Directly from the Personal Collection of Lola Morrow. A 6" x 2.75" pre-printed check on the account of and signed "Lola H. Morrow", dated September 10, 1965, for $9.25. Ms. Morrow has written "Westclox" in the memo field and she relates the story that Armstrong had given her a $20 bill for her to purchase an alarm clock for him. As the personal secretary to the astronauts, this was certainly all in a day's work for her. She bought him a Westclox model for $10.75 and to pay him back the extra money he gave her, she wrote him this check which he signed and cashed. She kept it among her mementos for these forty-five years and is now offering it to collectors of space autographs and memorabilia. This is a rare opportunity as Armstrong checks seldom come to market and this is not a commonly-seen form of his signature. Fine condition with stamped bank cancellations lightly touching the signature and a small extraneous scrap of paper attached to the front.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten, signed letter of authenticity from Ms. Morrow. It reads, in full: "It was almost time to close the Astronaut Office that Thursday when Neil stopped by at my desk. He wanted to know if I could pick up an alarm clock on my way home. After telling him that there was a Walgreens on my way home, he then handed me a twenty dollar bill. The next morning, I picked up the bag with the alarm clock & and rushed out to my car leaving the change on the table. I offered Neil my check for his change. I noted months later he finally cashed it. Neil did use his middle initial in signing at that time. If you were a good friend, he would just sign 'Neil.' After Apollo 11, it was easier to sign as Neil Armstrong."


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