FOUND - $995 'Moon Bag' May Fetch $4 Million
Owner paid $995... then learned it had been to the Moon
Bag was used by used by Neil Armstrong (pictured) to collect moon rocks
June 1, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News
NEW YORK (VIDEO) – SEE STORY UPDATE - A vintage NASA bag bought for $995, has been identified as being used to collect rocks from the surface of the moon. The bag is expected to fetch up to $4 million at auction.
A mix-up had led to the bag being sold to a private citizen for $995. But the process of taking ownership of the bag definitely wasn't easy. Because the new owner had to win a legal battle with NASA first.
A Giant in Space Memorabilia
The small bag, played a big role in the historic Apollo 11 spaceflight which landed the first humans on the Moon, July 20, 1969. Those humans, American mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin were tasked with bringing back moon samples.
Six hours after landing the Apollo Lunar Module on the moons surface, Armstrong became the first person in history to step onto the moon. He was followed by Aldrin 20 minutes later. The 'moon bag' was used by Armstrong to collect rocks and dust from the lunar surface.
NASA Battles and the Loss of $21 Million in 'Moon Rocks' for a Girl
It's not the first time NASA has been in a legal battle over lunar memorabilia. In 2011 they sued astronaut Edgar Mitchell for trying to auction a camera that was used on the Apollo 14 mission.
Then, in an unusual and clear cut case of wrongdoing. A former NASA employee, trying to impress a girl, stole $21 million in moon rocks. Wheeling them right out the door with a hand-truck.
While NASA might not always gain sympathy in the court of public opinion. It's understandable how they could get a bit jumpy (legally), while trying to preserve their historic items for the public.
Space Treasures Highly Sought
Our research indicates strong prices have often been fetched for early space memorabilia items in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Especially if they're proven to have moon dust.
Examples of high-dollar space items making news (note: quoted sold prices may vary due to currency exchange rates at time of the sale, and buyer premiums which may, or may not, be reflected in price):
- VIDEO - $2.9 Million for a 1961 Soviet Space Capsule at Sotheby's in April, 2011.
- VIDEO - $1.6 Million for Watch Worn on Moon at RR Auctions in October, 2015.
- VIDEO - $1.3 Million for 1970s Soviet Space Capsule at Lempertz in May, 2014.
- VIDEO - $760,000 for NASA Moon Mission Camera at Westlicht in March, 2014.
- VIDEO - $453,281 for Camera Lens Used on Apollo 15 at RR Auctions in April, 2016.
'Moon Bag' Auction Information
The NASA bag featured in this story will be sold in New York by Sotheby's on July 20, 2017. At the time of this publication, the lot number had not yet been listed. However, you can find more about the sale on Sotheby's website, here.
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