FOUND - 'Moon Bag' Fetches $1.8 Million

Woman buys pile of bags for $995... and one went to the moon

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The bag (pictured) was used by Neil Armstrong to collect moon rocks.

July 20, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

NEW YORK (VIDEO) – A NASA moon bag, mistakenly sold to a Chicago woman for $955 in a government sale, has fetched $1.8 million at auction.

Prior to the auction the woman sent the 12 by 8½ inch bag to NASA for authentication. However, getting it back after they authenticated it, was not easy. She had to win a custody battle to get the bag returned.

Historic Space Collectible

The bag played an important role in the Apollo 11 Spaceflight which landed the first men on the moon, in July of 1969. A mission that required Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to collect and return moon rock samples.

Six hours after landing the Apollo Lunar Module on the moon, Armstrong became the first man to step onto the moon. Aldrin followed 20 minutes later. The 'moon bag' was used to collect rocks and soil from the lunar surface.

NASA's Legal Battles and $21 Million in 'Moon Rocks' Stolen for a Girl

The battle for the moon bag is not the first time NASA's been in a legal tussle over space memorabilia. In 2011 they sued astronaut Edgar Mitchell for trying to auction a camera used on the Apollo 14 mission.

Then, in a clear cut case of wrongdoing. A former NASA employee, tried to impress a girl by stealing $21 million in moon rocks. He wheeled them right out the door with a hand-truck.

While NASA may not always gain sympathy in the court of public opinion. It's understandable how they could get a bit edgy, trying to preserve our national treasures.

Space Treasures Highly Sought

Using our free collectible price research page, I found high-prices for a wide variety of rare space items. Particularly items early in space history, or flown to the moon.

Some of the best examples are posted below (note: quoted prices may vary due to currency exchange rates and buyer premiums which may, or may not be reflected):

'Moon Bag' Auction Information

The NASA bag featured in this story was sold in New York on July 20, 2017, by Sotheby's. You can see more at Sotheby's website where the Moon Bag is listed as lot number 102.

Top 25: NASA Collectibles on eBay

See if you can spot a bargain among NASA items listed on ebay (research prices). Also see; Top 25: Historical Collectibles on ebay, worldwide, right now (links open on ebay).



APOLLO 17 Harrison Schmitt Signed Photo WALKED On Moon! Dec 1972 NASA ASTRONAUT

High Bid: $350.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
6d 1h 21m


NASA Apollo Command Module FUTURECRAFT Flight Solenoid Valve August 1966 S/N 135

High Bid: $261.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
7h 5m


NASA SATURN 5 J-2 ROCKET ENGINE MAIN STAGE OK SWITCH

High Bid: $249.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 22h 44m


NASA SATURN 5 J-2 ROCKET ENGINE PURGE CONTROL VALVE

High Bid: $225.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 23h 4m


RARE Vintage 1966 Gemini Apollo Case XX USA NASA M-1 Astronaut Space Knife #1149

High Bid: $212.16
Bids: 3
Time Left:
1d 20h 35m


Rare NASA Space Shuttle Columbia STS-73 Space Flown Flag Manned Flight Awareness

High Bid: $192.50
Bids: 6
Time Left:
1d 6h 50m


NASA KSC Space Shuttle Orbiter Astronaut Reaction Control Thruster Simulator

High Bid: $175.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
8h 40m


NASA Gemini Titan GLV Rocket Desk Display 1/72 Space Martin AM Model Glenn 60's

High Bid: $149.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
4d 19h 48m


Topping Atlas Centaur Rocket NASA Desktop Model

High Bid: $132.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 7h 17m


NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Wood Desktop Model 1/100 Scale 26” High

High Bid: $125.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 6h 46m


APOLLO 8 ASTRONAUT Frank Borman Hand Signed Christmas Quotation Autograph NASA

High Bid: $123.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
21h 36m


vintage ZIPPO lighter 1969 NASA Apollo rocket ship space exploration moon shot

High Bid: $89.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
1d 2h 5m


Michael Lopez-Alegria Hand Signed Original NASA 8x10 White Space Suit

High Bid: $79.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 5h 34m


Stephen Robinson Hand Signed Original NASA 8x10 Blue Flight Suit un-inscribed

High Bid: $79.99
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 7h 27m


JACK SWIGERT - AUTOGRAPHED HAND SIGNED card . NASA APOLLO 13 ASTRONAUT

High Bid: $69.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 22h 17m


US Order NASA Space MOH,Congressional Space Medal of Honor in Case,Rare!!

High Bid: $67.09
Bids: 18
Time Left:
1d 9h 8m


NASA MSFC APOLLO SATURN ILLUSTRATED CHRONOLOGY VERY RARE

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
21h 54m


Vintage Original NASA 8x10 Photograph Earth-Sky Apolo 7 Earth View

High Bid: $55.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
3d 1h 41m


1969 Vintage Zippo Lighter - Town & Country NASA Moon Landing - Unfired

High Bid: $53.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
6d 4h 30m


Vintage NASA Original 8x10 Photo Moon Landing Aldrin - Lot of 7

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
3d 1h 41m


Daniel Bursch Hand Signed Original NASA 8x10 Blue Flight Suit

High Bid: $49.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 7h 26m


NASA Apollo KSC Launch Control Room AMPEX Data Recorder FM Demodulator Board

High Bid: $49.95
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 3h 10m


Precise Grumman NASA DARPA USAF X-29 Fwd Swept Wing Resarch Aircraft Desk Model

High Bid: $40.99
Bids: 15
Time Left:
39m 1s


TJ Creamer Hand Signed Original NASA 8x10 Blue Flight Suit

High Bid: $39.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 7h 25m


Gregory Johnson Hand Signed Original NASA 8x10 Blue Flight Space Suit

High Bid: $39.99
Bids: 2
Time Left:
5d 7h 28m