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 Space Flown Gemini 6 Fliteline Medal Schirra Stafford 1965

High Bid: $605.00
Bids: 19
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NASA STS-51D Space Shuttle Discovery Flown Cue Card w/Notations Apollo Waste Bag

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
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Rare NASA Space Shuttle STS-51D "Jarvis Walker" Cancelled Mission patch

High Bid: $56.55
Bids: 6
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5X AUTOGRAPHED NASA APOLLO 11 PHOTO: VON BRAUN MUELLER DEBUS GILRUTH PHILLIPS

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 9
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THREE AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO 11 BETA CLOTH CREW PATCHES

High Bid: $51.56
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Original Slide, USAF/NASA Martin Marietta X-24A, circa 1970

High Bid: $51.00
Bids: 4
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1966 Official NASA (8x10) Photograph GEMINI VIII 8 Astronauts Armstrong wz164

High Bid: $46.00
Bids: 6
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AUTHENTIC NASA AMERICAN FLAG APOLLO MISSIONS BETA CLOTH PATCH

High Bid: $45.00
Bids: 1
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NASA Vision of space Film Slide Chesley Bonestell's lot of 20 vintage slides 2

High Bid: $44.00
Bids: 1
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Original Apollo 13 Photographs Nasa

High Bid: $40.00
Bids: 1
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NASA TRANSPARENCY Film Slide from Chesley Bonestell's lot of 20 vintage slides

High Bid: $39.00
Bids: 1
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OLD map of outer space exploration tin waste basket trash can astronaut NASA

High Bid: $35.00
Bids: 1
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AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO VII BETA CLOTH CREW PATCH LAST ONE AVAILABLE

High Bid: $32.00
Bids: 4
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AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO 14 BETA CLOTH CREW PATCH

High Bid: $29.00
Bids: 3
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AUTHENTIC NASA APOLLO 15 BETA CLOTH CREW PATCH

High Bid: $29.00
Bids: 3
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Crazy Auction RARE NASA Space Shuttle 3/8 Quick Disconnect NASA Clean "Flight"

High Bid: $28.00
Bids: 8
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NASA Order Badge Space MOH,Congressional Space Medal of Honor in Case,Rare!!

High Bid: $27.00
Bids: 10
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RARE NASA Astronaut Apollo 11 Physics Math Equation F=Ma TRW Medallion Medal

High Bid: $25.00
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1968 NASA Photo Release Apollo 8 Earth View

High Bid: $25.00
Bids: 1
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ORIGINAL COLOR 1966 NASA MISSION CONTROL PHOTO KRANZ, YOUNG, ELMS AND GILRUTH

High Bid: $24.95
Bids: 1
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ORIGINAL COLOR 1966 NASA MISSION CONTROL PHOTO SCHNEIDER, LOW, GILRUTH AND BERRY

High Bid: $24.95
Bids: 1
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NASA PATCH COLLECTION ** GEMINI AND APOLLO **

High Bid: $23.50
Bids: 9
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VINTAGE NASA MEATBALL LOGO WALKER CHINA 6 OZ. CUP / MUG DATED JAN 1963 - XLNT

High Bid: $22.50
Bids: 2
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NASA Astronaut Apollo 11 Silver Coin Medal Cased UNC Limited Edition Lunar LEM

High Bid: $21.50
Bids: 2
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Huge Lot NASA First Day Stamp Covers - Apollo 11 - Neal Armstrong - Over 300

High Bid: $21.12
Bids: 5
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