By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Darrell now lives with Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Royal said that she and Darrell truly treasure all of the awards and mementos being offered at auction, but have found a need to downsize.
“I’m hoping that Darrell’s fans will be the ones that purchase the UT things and they will treasure them like we have,” said Edith Royal. “I love the memories – it was fun to rediscover them.”
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Included in the auction are three rare Apollo moon flags, originally presented to Mr. and Mrs. Royal as gifts by the lunar astronauts.
The highlight is a Texas flag carried to the moon on the 1972 Apollo 16 moon mission, signed by astronauts Charles Duke, John Young and Ken Mattingly.
Included is a photo of Charles Duke with arm outstretched and note to Darrell Royal,
The flags were loaned to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, by the Royals, as part of the exhibit “To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s,” which ran until the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 2009.“I could not quite come up with a hook um horns sign.”
As for this particular flag, Mrs. Royal said, “Charlie got it out and rubbed it on the moon’s surface. It is framed, so if it has any dust on it, it’s moon dust!”
The Royal collection also contains sports memorabilia including University of Texas championship rings, signed footballs, vintage programs and signed photos.
The Auction is scheduled for 11 AM, on November 11.
For details contact Austin Auction Gallery at 512-258-5479, Ross Featherston, #8069; or, go here to check it out - http://www.austinauction.com/auction_calendar.htm
You can also bid online.
Some of the proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer's research.
The 'Royal Collection' is an incredible lineup of sports memorabilia, Championship rings, signed footballs, US and Texas Flags From Apollo Missions and many other historical items from the private collection of Coach Darrell K and Mrs. Edith Royal.
Source Austin Auction Gallery
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