A Heritage Auctions spokesman confirmed that Hix won and paid $125,000 for the item.
“Dayton leads in aviation and space exploration,” Hix said in an email to the Dayton Daily News Wednesday. “I hope to inspire boys and girls of all ages in Dayton, and Ohio, and the world to start thinking about real, practical space travel; and figure out ways to do that.”
The 1979 Oakwood High School graduate said he has sought to contact space and automotive entrepreneur Elon Musk for more than 18 months.
“I’ve been working on getting in touch with Elon Musk and SpaceX to take a piece of the Wright Flyer (with) the first human boots on (the first manned) Mars landing,” Hix said.
Musk is CEO and founder of Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space X, a private company that has set a goal of facilitating the eventual human colonization of Mars, among other endeavors.
Hix said the auction price “took a significant chunk of my retirement, and I’m not rich.”
Armstrong died in August 2012, two weeks after heart surgery.