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    Signed only for families of the crew at the President's Dinner Honoring Apollo 11 Astronauts

    Apollo 11 Crew-Signed Lunar Plaque Replica with Official Collins Family Photo, Parking Credentials, Invitation, and Dinner Menu from the 1969 Nixon Presidential State Dinner, Originally from the Collection of the Michael Collins' Family. A 7.5" x 5.5" replica of the famous plaque left on the surface of the moon attached to the Lunar Module Eagle bearing the iconic phrase: "We came in peace for all mankind." This one has the added engraving at the bottom: "President's Dinner Honoring Apollo 11 Astronauts/ August 13, 1969" as given to the attendees of that dinner. Housed in its original folder with Apollo 11 insignia on front and signed beneath the plaque that very night: "Neil Armstrong", "Michael Collins", and "Buzz Aldrin". The day after their release from quarantine, the crew of Apollo 11 was feted with ticker tape parades in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. That evening, they attended this State Dinner with President Nixon and numerous congressmen, governors, and ambassadors from around the world, as well as their fellow astronauts, where they were presented Presidential Medals of Freedom. Included with this signed plaque are: the Car Credentials from that night ("Presidential Party/ Apollo XI Dinner"); the original Invitation ("The President and Mrs. Nixon request the pleasure of your company..."); and the Menu ("Filet of Beef Perigourdine" main course). An incredible offering of an item rare in its own right, but incredibly rare as signed by the three members of the famous crew on a night where they were honored by their country and president at a State Dinner. A museum-quality group of items. All very fine or better.

    Members of the Collins family shown in the 9.75" x 7" glossy B&W photograph included (left to right): Alphonsa Spera (Mike Collins' brother-in-law); Agnes [Collins] Spera (Mike Collins' sister); Lawton Collins (Mike Collins' brother); President Richard N. Nixon; Pat Collins (Mike Collins' wife); Virginia Collins (Mike Collins' mom); Mike Collins; and "Yoland Collins (Lawton's wife - Mike Collins' sister-in-law).


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    November, 2016
    11th Friday
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