Lot #8235
Neil Armstrong Plaster Hand Mold

The right hand of Commander Armstrong
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Estimate: $4000+


The right hand of Commander Armstrong

Remarkable plaster cast of the right hand of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong used as a glove-fitting model at ILC, measuring 4.75″ across and 7″ in height, with the skin lines and creases on dorsal side of hand captured in mesmerizing detail; the palmar side is smoothed over and bears a faint mirrored notation, "Armstrong," and the flat base section of wrist, 2.75″ x 2″, is marked in thin black felt tip, "Astronaut, Neil Armstrong." In fine condition, with an apparent prior fix to the pointer finger, given the presence of a thin crack and small loss of plaster to palmar side. A unique, highly displayable keepsake honoring the first 'right-handed' man to walk on the moon—plaster casts such as this allowed A7L design engineers associated with glove development to accurately fit the glove to the astronaut. From the collection of a member of the engineering and design team at ILC Industries in Dover, Delaware, from 1964 to 1972.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #581 - Ended April 16, 2020