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).



OFFICIAL NASA CHALLENGER SPACE SHUTTLE DEBRIS & RECONSTRUCTION BINDERS & PHOTOS

High Bid: $400.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4h 27m


NASA Space Shuttle Final Flight Flown Patch Presentation STS-133 STS-134 STS-135

High Bid: $300.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
1d 2h 57m


NASA Robbins Sterling Medallion Medal Coin STS-51A Discovery 1984 #92 Unflown

High Bid: $265.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 6h 52m


1969 NASA APOLLO TEAM Manned Flight SNOOPY Poster Vintage Original Peanuts 21-in

High Bid: $175.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 7h 11m


Rare NASA M-2/F-2 Northrop Norair Lifting Body Research Vehicle Shuttle Model

High Bid: $152.50
Bids: 2
Time Left:
8d 4h 2m


Data Users Handbook For NASA LANDSAT 1 "Earth Resources Technology Satellite 1"

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5h 39m


1983 NASA Challenger Maiden Flight 1st Space Product Made On Shuttle Actual Item

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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NASA SPACE SHUTTLE MEMORABILIA, FLOWN SRB SEPARATOR DEVICE

High Bid: $95.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
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NASA SPACE SHUTTLE MEMORABILIA, FLOWN SRB CONNECTOR

High Bid: $95.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
20h 3m


Original NASA Apollo 16 Lunar Surface Procedures EVA manual 1972

High Bid: $89.00
Bids: 4
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2d 2h 1m


US Air Force 4 Star General Alton Slay NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal

High Bid: $77.00
Bids: 3
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4d 23h 30m


RARE ! Danbury Mint 1:25 Scale Replica Friendship 7 Mercury Nasa Spacecraft

High Bid: $76.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
16h 13m


VINTAGE NASA PORCELAIN STARS PLANET MEATBALL OLD AVIATION AERONAUTICS SIGN

High Bid: $66.00
Bids: 28
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VINTAGE NASA SPACE STATION LOGO PORCELAIN EXPLORATION ADVERTISING SIGN

High Bid: $65.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
5h 47m


FRED WALLACE HAISE, JR. NASA ASTRONAUT Signed collage 8 x 10 photo Apollo 13

High Bid: $65.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
8h 4m


RCA Relay Satellite Model Built for NASA, in Lucite

High Bid: $63.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
16h 47m


General Dynamics Centaur Interplanetary Space Vehicle for NASA Model

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 3
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Large Lot NASA Patches, Buttons, Pins, and Stickers | Spacelab, Shuttle, and ISS

High Bid: $55.55
Bids: 3
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Large Lot NASA Patches, Buttons, Stickers, Magnets | Spacelab, Shuttle, and ISS

High Bid: $55.00
Bids: 2
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GEMINI 11 NASA Litho orig.signed Conrad, Gordon, SPACE

High Bid: $48.89
Bids: 10
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Viking 76 Landing Martin Marietta Commemorative Coin NASA Mars

High Bid: $47.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4d 16h 47m


NASA AD-1 Oblique Wing Aircraft Desk Model

High Bid: $45.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 5h 22m


1968 NASA Astronaut JIM LOVELL APOLLO 8 13 Poster Vntage MANNED FLIGHT AWARENESS

High Bid: $45.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 7h 13m


Lot 35 NASA Astronaut Space Program Patches: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab

High Bid: $35.05
Bids: 14
Time Left:
1d 20h 48m


Hallmark Keepsake NASA Space Ornaments Lot of 4

High Bid: $35.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
20h 45m