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).



Michael Collins Autograph Apollo 11 Authentic Signed 8"X10" NASA Photo JSA/COA

High Bid: $251.36
Bids: 1
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Apollo 17 stunning NASA red serial "A Kodak paper" 8x10 glossy - 2g190

High Bid: $225.50
Bids: 6
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11h 26m


RARE Vintage NASA Hardware Apollo Lunar Module Rocket Engine Fuel System Valve

High Bid: $169.00
Bids: 1
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NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-49 First Flight Flown Flag Lucite Paperweight

High Bid: $156.50
Bids: 14
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Apollo 17 stunning NASA red serial "A Kodak paper" 8x10 glossy - 3g215

High Bid: $129.50
Bids: 7
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Apollo 12 Moonwalker Alan Bean Signed NASA Negative Sleeve

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 6
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RARE Official NASA AB Emblem ISS Expedition 56 (6 Crew Names, Epps) Patch RARE!

High Bid: $76.00
Bids: 2
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99 Ct. Viewgraphs,Transparencies NASA Space Shuttle, Astronauts Ect...

High Bid: $58.80
Bids: 1
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Vintage Original NASA Photo Gemini 4 1965

High Bid: $54.19
Bids: 6
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Vintage NASA Original Photo Gemini IV

High Bid: $54.00
Bids: 5
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LOT OF VINTAGE NASA APOLLO PRESENTATION SLIDES FILMS PHOTOS IN GOOD SHAPE

High Bid: $52.00
Bids: 2
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Vintage Boxed Set of 40 NASA Apollo 8 Flight to the Moon Slides

High Bid: $49.00
Bids: 1
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US NASA File color photo- Apollo Mission /Space Treavel+scarce

High Bid: $48.00
Bids: 4
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ULTRA RARE SpaceX NASA SES-16 EDC-13 GovSat Space AFSPC Obrital Challenge Coin

High Bid: $45.66
Bids: 6
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Apollo 15 vintage NASA red serial "A Kodak paper" 8x10 glossy - 2g189

High Bid: $38.77
Bids: 6
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11h 27m


Apollo 15 earthrise vintage NASA red serial "A Kodak" glossy 8x10 - 2g193

High Bid: $36.50
Bids: 8
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11h 23m


Apollo 13 vintage NASA red serial "A Kodak" glossy 8x10 - 2g192

High Bid: $36.00
Bids: 5
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11h 24m


Apollo 11 Official Beta Cloth Patch Original Roma Chemical Packaging NASA NOS

High Bid: $33.00
Bids: 2
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Vintage NASA Original Photo Gemini IV 1965

High Bid: $31.00
Bids: 2
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Vintage Official 1960 NASA Project Mercury PHOTO Astronaut “Deke Slayton” space

High Bid: $29.99
Bids: 1
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US NASA File color photo- Apollo Mission /Space Travel +NASA-AS9-20-3064 +scarce

High Bid: $29.99
Bids: 1
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Historic Rocket Launch "GEMINI 8" Aborted Mission~NASA First In Space Failure

High Bid: $29.99
Bids: 1
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Saturn V/Apollo LEM Enering Lunar Orbit (Ellipse) 5/15/1964 NASA - 8 x 10 Photo

High Bid: $29.98
Bids: 5
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8 NASA Lunar, Shuttle Mission Patches, Apollo 11, 13, 16 Columbia Atlantis, more

High Bid: $29.95
Bids: 1
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NASA- Marshall Space Flight Center -Landing maneuver of Lunar Excursion Module

High Bid: $28.00
Bids: 6
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2d 18h 7m