Apollo 11 LM Timeline Book with Armstrong Notes Expected to Fetch $7,000,000

Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book to be auctioned.
Image credit: Christie’s

The Lunar Module Timeline Book used aboard the Apollo 11 lunar lander is set to be auctioned by Christie’s in New York. The one of a kind manual detailed every procedure, maneuver and possible outcome of the historic mission and includes handwritten notes from both Armstrong and Aldrin.

On July 18, Christie’s in New York will host the One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11 auction. In addition to a range of other Apollo program memorabilia, a Lunar Module Timeline Book used aboard the Apollo 11 lunar lander will go up for auction. The manual sat between Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin as they made their historic descent to the Moon’s surface on July 20, 1969.

“No more significant document of space exploration history is ever likely to be created, because future manned missions will be more fully digitised and not leave a comparable human trace,” wrote,” explained a Christie’s blog post detailing the manual’s inclusion in the auction.

Coordinates of the Apollo 11 touchdown jotted down in the Lunar Module Timeline Book.
Apollo 11 landing coordinates noted by Lunar Module Pilot, Buzz Aldrin moments after touchdown | Image credit: Christie’s

In addition to a number of handwritten notes by Armstrong and Aldrin, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book includes the exact coordinates of the Eagle’s landing spot jotted down on page 10 by Aldrin moments after touchdown.

Although it’s hard to predict what this one of a kind item will eventually fetch, Christie’s appraisers have given it an estimate of between $7,000,000 and $9,000,000.


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