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).



1968 NASA APOLLO 8 AS503 "MASTER COPY" VERIFICATION TEST & PROCEDURE MANUAL-MSFC

High Bid: $189.95
Bids: 2
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NASA 1971 SATURN V IBM SPACE SYSTEMS "FINAL FLIGHT SIM REPORT" (FLIGHT CONTROL)

High Bid: $149.95
Bids: 1
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Signed Book by NASA Astronaut John Glenn - A Memoir - NEW - Easton Press - Space

High Bid: $126.13
Bids: 9
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Close up shot of moon rover ftom Apollo 16. Original Photo with Nasa serial...

High Bid: $125.00
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini 12 Agena Photo Red #S-66-62880 on 'A' Kodak Paper

High Bid: $103.01
Bids: 2
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini XII Maj Aldrin EVA Space Walk Red Number Kodak A Photo

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini XI Gordon EVA Photo Red #S-66-54454 'A' Kodak Paper

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini XI Gordon EVA Photo Red #S-66-49544 'A' Kodak Paper 2

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini XI Gordon Prepares for EVA Photo #S-66-54590

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini GT-4 Ed White Spacewalk EVA Photo Red #S-65-30429

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini GT-4 Ed White Spacewalk EVA Photo Red #S-65-30433 B

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini GT-4 Ed White Spacewalk EVA Photo Red #S-65-30432 C

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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RARE ORIGINAL NASA Gemini XII A Kodak Photo Red S-66-62920 Hatch Open Aft Shot

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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Instruction Manuals For DM Productions Paper Model Kit NASA LUT, Saturn 1B, CT..

High Bid: $66.00
Bids: 4
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NASA STS-135 Final Shuttle Flight. Steve Lindsey and Eric Boe Autographs.

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
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1969 NASA PEANUTS SNOOPY FLIGHT AWARENESS POSTER KID GLOVES CARE 8X10.5 mint

High Bid: $48.00
Bids: 5
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon 2013 CRS 2 Rocket Shape USB NASA ISS New In Box

High Bid: $46.00
Bids: 7
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1968 NASA PEANUTS SNOOPY FLIGHT SAFETY POSTER APOLLO WILL BE JUDGED 8X10.5 mint

High Bid: $44.00
Bids: 4
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Astronaut John Glenn signed A Memoir Gemini Annie Nick Taylor NASA Space Senator

High Bid: $41.00
Bids: 3
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VTG 2001 Mars Odyssey Team Delta II Launch Shirt Mens Size XL NASA Space

High Bid: $39.99
Bids: 1
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unique vintage NASA Delta rocket engineers office clock 1960s space history

High Bid: $39.95
Bids: 1
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SHUTTLE MIR NASA Litho 10x orig.signed Crew, SPACE

High Bid: $38.00
Bids: 7
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*E286A VINTAGE NASA APOLLO MERCURY GEMINI ROCKET ENGINE MOTOR NEGATIVE PHOTO

High Bid: $35.00
Bids: 5
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NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Wooden Desk Model Vintage NOS 1/200 Scale 7.5" Long

High Bid: $35.00
Bids: 1
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NASA APOLLO 17 ORIGINAL SPLASH PHOTO B&W 8X10 Commander Cernan & Rescue swimmer

High Bid: $34.99
Bids: 1
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