In its annual New York auction of space …

In its annual New York auction of space memorabilia, the Bonhams auction house has some interesting items up for sale this week. The list includes the sort of thing you’d expect, like mission patches and pins. More interesting is an annotated emergency checklist from Apollo 13 (I’m guessing the annotations are the most interesting bit).

But to me, the most surprising item was this one:

Another big-ticket item on offer is a diamond and gold pin that was given to NASA director of flight crew operations Deke Slayton by the widows of the three astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire. The late astronauts had planned to give the pin to Slayton themselves, but never got the chance. Later, Slayton lent the pin to astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took it to the moon with him during the Apollo 11 mission. This item could sell for $80,000 to $120,000.

That’s the actual pin that was the focus of an entire scene in an episode of From The Earth To The Moon.

I think we should buy it. I can kick in fifty bucks if you guys can cover the rest.

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