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Swatch From Famous Moon-Bound Flag Goes To Auction

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strip of fabric shorn from the flag planted on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts is headed to auction in Los Angeles.

Auctioneer Michael Orenstein says the seven-inch strip being sold on Sunday is from the most-viewed flag in American history.

It’s being sold on behalf of retired NASA engineer Tom Moser, who prepared the flag for what would later be the world’s first lunar landing in 1969.

The piece of fabric was cut off as part of those preparations. Moser rescued it from the trash and has kept it as a souvenir ever since.

Orenstein says the piece could fetch $150,000 or more at auction.

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