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).



NASA 1966 Apollo SC014 Operations Handbook Command Service Module Volume 1

High Bid: $280.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
15h 8m


Project Mercury Bronze Medallion by the Medallic Art Co. of New York NASA

High Bid: $130.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 12h 9m


Vintage 1969 Peanuts SNOOPY ASTRONAUT with ORIGINAL BOX - NASA Pocket Doll

High Bid: $127.50
Bids: 22
Time Left:
3d 19h 18m


STS -1 SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA FLOWN PIECE OF MISSION TILE IN LUCITE NASA

High Bid: $107.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
2d 15h 35m


Lot of 70+ Original NASA + Industrial Press Photos and Concept Art Prints 79 83

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 19h 26m


Apollo 14 Mission Charts: Lunar, Earth, LM Plotting, Trajectory. Original NASA

High Bid: $92.19
Bids: 2
Time Left:
7d 17h 4m


APOLLO Training 1967 Spacecraft & Systems Familiarization Guide Lunar NAA NASA

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
14h 18m


AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO 8 BETA CREW PATCH

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
17h 2m


AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO 15 BETA CREW PATCH

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 16h 2m


Gene Kranz Fred Haise Sy Liebergot AUTHENTIC HAND SIGNED Apollo 13 NASA 8x10

High Bid: $62.77
Bids: 54
Time Left:
2d 18h 58m


NASA 1969 Apollo 11 Vintage Ceramic Ashtray Commemorative Atomic

High Bid: $59.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 17h 48m


NASA Space Shuttle DISCOVER STS-42,SOYUZ TM-11,METEORITE Flown Metal Congress

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
1d 20h 59m


AUTHENTIC NASA ASTP MISSION CREW PATCH

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
17h 2m


AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO IX BETA CREW PATCH

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
17h 2m


AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO XII BETA CREW PATCH

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
17h 2m


Slide Rule LOT drawing instruments pickett brand NASA

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 18h 27m


NOAC 2018 NASA Mission Mars Patch

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 22h 34m


RARE *LIMITED EDITION* Apollo 11 NASA Beaker Sterling Silver. #215 of only 1500

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
8d 25m


8 ct~NASA Hubble press photos+ early artist concept+project plan~All pre-launch

High Bid: $49.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 20h 33m


NOAC 2018 NASA Mission Mars Patch OA BSA

High Bid: $45.55
Bids: 7
Time Left:
7d 10h 6m


AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO X BETA CREW PATCH

High Bid: $40.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 16h 2m


NASA SPACE SHUTTLE NASA DISCOVERY MODEL

High Bid: $40.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 19h 10m


Authentic NASA Space Shuttle Jacket Size XL

High Bid: $39.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 19h 5m


AUTHENTIC NASA AMERICAN FLAG BETA PATCH

High Bid: $39.89
Bids: 3
Time Left:
17h 2m


Vintage TRW FLTSATCOM Patch Satellite Communications U.S.Navy, NASA

High Bid: $32.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
2d 14h 16m