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).



Edward White Original NASA Color Photo, Gemini IV Space Walk, Kodak Paper, Red #

High Bid: $275.00
Bids: 1
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Edward White Original NASA Color Photo, Gemini IV Space Walk, Kodak Paper, Red #

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
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Apollo 8 NASA Red Number Earthrise & Autopen Crew Litho

High Bid: $123.71
Bids: 16
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Montegrappa Special Edition 2019 NASA Moon Landing Aluminum Steel Fountain Pen

High Bid: $122.99
Bids: 14
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NASA Mercury Helmet replica - Complete Screen Used

High Bid: $82.00
Bids: 6
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NASA Flight Suit US Space Camp Huntsville anniversary Patch sz 20

High Bid: $79.00
Bids: 1
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RARE SET OF THREE VINTAGE NASA APOLLO SATURN V LAUNCH VEHICLE BLUEPRINTS

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 1
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Replica NASA Apollo LEVA Moon Gloves

High Bid: $72.00
Bids: 3
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NASA Mercury suit replica

High Bid: $70.00
Bids: 1
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VINTAGE NASA PORCELAIN AMERICAN SPACE AGENCY SHUTTLE AVIATION MEATBALL SIGN

High Bid: $66.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
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APOLLO 6 / Orig NASA 8x10 Press Photo - Second Launch of Saturn V Rocket

High Bid: $51.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
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APOLLO 17 / Orig NASA 8x10 Press Photo - Moon Landing Site Video Display at KSC

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 6
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9h 9m


USAF USN NASA Northrop Grumman HALE GLOBAL HAWK #139 of 250 100k challenge coin

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
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Replica NASA Apollo IVA Black Rubber Gloves

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
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Replica NASA Space Shuttle EMU Gloves

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
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7d 10h 44m


Replica NASA Apollo Chest Fittings - O2 / Water/ Electrical full set

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
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NASA SNOOPY 1970 DCAS STICKER Industry Decal Unused 3 3/4"

High Bid: $49.99
Bids: 1
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8h 37m


VTG NASA SKYLAB 1 RECOVERY PIECE OXYGEN TANK RE-ENTRY FALLEN DEBRIS FRAGMENT

High Bid: $49.99
Bids: 1
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15 Orig int page Sketches, WE LAND ON THE MOON #1- NASA's Apollo 1969

High Bid: $45.00
Bids: 1
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Topping / Precise NASA Scout Satellite Rocket Model / Contractor / Spacecraft

High Bid: $41.00
Bids: 12
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Vintage EMPTY NASA Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong Tom Sims Whiskey Decanter

High Bid: $39.99
Bids: 1
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NASA Contractor Report 67-71 Technical Translation 64-74 Lunar Total 6 Books

High Bid: $35.00
Bids: 1
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SET OF 3 VINTAGE 1969 NASA APOLLO 11 MOONSHOT MAN ON THE MOON TUMBLER SHOT GLASS

High Bid: $33.00
Bids: 8
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8h 31m


Vintage Boeing & NASA Named Roll Of Honor Medal In Lucite + Apollo 11 Extra

High Bid: $33.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
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Vintage Boeing NASA Brochures “Spacecraft With Wheels” Apollo Lunar Rover LRV

High Bid: $30.50
Bids: 3
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