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 Apollo command module camera and navigational storage box

High Bid: $365.05
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USS John Pierce Mercury Aurora 7 Scott Carpenter Hand-Signed Recovery Cover NASA

High Bid: $325.00
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*H189 VINTAGE 1960s NASA TEST METHODS & RESULTS Lunar Module Propulsion Systems

High Bid: $187.50
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Rare Vintage Nasa Martin Marietta Titan Centaur Contractors Desk Model Rocket

High Bid: $138.29
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John Young (NASA astronaut and moonwalker) nice signed photo in Shuttle suit

High Bid: $124.50
Bids: 8
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Rare Vintage Nasa Lockheed Martin Titan IVB Desk Model Rocket

High Bid: $103.51
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Nasa Space Shuttle Flown Us Flag Sts-30 Magellan Mission 1989 -autographed

High Bid: $103.50
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Deceased Apollo 16 Moonwalker John Young Autographed NASA Lithograph! Mint!

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 20
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NASA SERVICE AWARD SILVER SNOOPY PIN and metals

High Bid: $102.50
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1960s VINTAGE NASA CAPE CANAVERAL NASA PATROLMAN POLICE BADGE HI-GLO

High Bid: $101.00
Bids: 10
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PAIR VINTAGE OBSOLETE NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER GUARD BADGES

High Bid: $96.00
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NASA APOLLO XI ASTRONAUT BUZZ ALDRIN 8x10 AUTOGRAPHED MOON WALK PHOTO

High Bid: $78.00
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Space shuttle NASA. STS-1

High Bid: $69.00
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NASA APOLLO XVII GENE CERNAN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO 8x10

High Bid: $61.00
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FLIGHT NASA Apollo MSFC Saturn Spacecraft Discrete Transistor Logic Board

High Bid: $60.00
Bids: 2
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Nasa Apollo XII Space 999 + Pure Silver Medal 154.4 Gram Medallic Art

High Bid: $60.00
Bids: 1
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NASA APOLLO 15 DAVID SCOTT AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 MOON WALK PHOTO

High Bid: $59.00
Bids: 13
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NASA SpaceX Falcon Heavy LC-39A 2018 patch

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 27
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Nasa Piggyback Challenger Space Shuttle Desk Model

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 5
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Vintage Rare Nasa Lockheed Martin Atlas II 2 AS Desk Model Rocket

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 26
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ORIGINAL NASA APOLLO 11 "VIP" VIEWING PASS - LOW NUMBER 127

High Bid: $55.00
Bids: 23
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Ellison Onizuka deceased Challenger astronaut genuine signed NASA Litho

High Bid: $55.00
Bids: 8
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Francis Scobee deceased Challenger astronaut genuine signed NASA Litho

High Bid: $55.00
Bids: 8
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RARE LOT 42 ORIGINAL NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER PHOTO MOON+DESCRIPTION 1966

High Bid: $52.00
Bids: 2
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Stuart Roosa Apollo 14 astronaut genuine signed NASA Litho

High Bid: $51.00
Bids: 6
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