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 KSC LCC APOLLO IBM / GENERAL ELECTRIC QUICK LOOK DIGITAL DISPLAY PANEL

High Bid: $225.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 9h 6m


1969 Vintage Zippo Lighter - Armstrong Collins Aldrin NASA Man on the Moon

High Bid: $120.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
20h


STS 93 NASA Litho orig.signed Crew, SPACE

High Bid: $93.50
Bids: 13
Time Left:
19h 38m


STS 73 NASA Litho orig.signed Crew, SPACE

High Bid: $67.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
19h 36m


Apollo 11 NASA Spiro Agnew Moon Landing Launch Presidential Certificate

High Bid: $49.96
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 6h 43m


*FLIGHT* NASA Late Apollo FENWAL ELECTRONICS Thermister Temperature Transducer

High Bid: $49.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 9h 51m


Lot of Vintage NASA publications from 1960's to 1990's (45 total)

High Bid: $45.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3h 28m


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

High Bid: $36.16
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1h 22m


Zippo NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER FLORIDA Unused 1977

High Bid: $36.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
1d 6h 15m


The Rocket Astronaut Porous Point Pen Duro Pen Co Marker NASA Apollo

High Bid: $31.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
3d 41m


A Vintage 1st Manned Lunar Landing NASA Grumman & Space Shuttle Trans Pin

High Bid: $28.10
Bids: 8
Time Left:
6h 44m


7 Apollo Era NASA Beta Cloth mission patches No Reserve Free Shipping

High Bid: $26.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
4d 6h 43m


NASA KSC Apollo Saturn V Launch Control Room Countdown Clock Digital Segment

High Bid: $24.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 8h 13m


NASA APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUT Buzz Aldrin TWICE!!! Signed & Personalized & Inscribed

High Bid: $22.72
Bids: 8
Time Left:
5d 7h 37m


GENUINE 1966 NASA APOLLO SATURN ROCKET CHRYSLER TORQUE MANUAL

High Bid: $20.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
6h 51m


Lot 10 Federal Government Pins Tie Tacks Years of Service Army NASA Prisons GSA

High Bid: $20.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 17h 26m


NASA SHUTTLE STS-3 ASTRONAUT Jack Lousma Gordon Fullerton Signed Autograph Space

High Bid: $19.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 16h 52m


1983 NASA ILL-FATED CHALLENGER SPACE SHUTTLE FLOWN STS-8 FLIGHT COVER/FOLDER VF!

High Bid: $19.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
7d 4h 45m


100 Count NASA Space Station Grumman Rockwell TRW Harris Sperry Stickers

High Bid: $19.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 22h 42m


APOLLO Original Vintage NASA-KSC Collection

High Bid: $19.50
Bids: 5
Time Left:
4d 6h 29m


Autogrammset, 6x orig.signed NASA Astronauts, SPACE

High Bid: $16.77
Bids: 7
Time Left:
20h 35m


Collection of 20 covers handsigned by NASA support personell - 12e398

High Bid: $16.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
51m 41s


Shuttle Enterprise 1979 cover handsigned by 5 NASA testpilots - 8f318

High Bid: $16.20
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1h 4m


STS-1 launch cover handsigned by NASA managers - 3f388

High Bid: $15.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1h 6m


Vintage Lot 61 Pins Buttons Retro Police Playboy Poison Alabama NASA Smurfs

High Bid: $15.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 3h 14m