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).



APOLLO SPACE SUIT - NASA REPLICA

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NASA Apollo 15 Guidance and Navigation CM & LM Software, Hardware & More

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Space Shuttle Columbia Flown Flag, NASA Certificate STS-2 Artifact - Very Rare!!

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NASA Space Shuttle Tile Wing Leading Edge Material Carbon-Carbon FINAL FEW PIECE

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Super Rare Topping LTV XC-142 Tilt Rotor Aircraft Model / Precise / NASA

High Bid: $123.50
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Apollo 14 patch Autographed photo Alan Shepard astronaut NASA walk on the moon

High Bid: $99.99
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NASA Apollo 11 Press Kit original Copy from 1969

High Bid: $99.95
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APOLLO 11 Buzz Aldrin Moon Walk VINTAGE July 20, 1969 Official NASA Press Photo

High Bid: $63.00
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BUZZ ALDRIN APOLLO 11 personally HAND SIGNED 8x10 official NASA photo.ROCKETDYNE

High Bid: $62.00
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Rare Large Pacmin 1/100 Space Shuttle Model / NASA / Pacific Miniatures

High Bid: $52.00
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1979 NASA SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA REVELL MODEL SPACE LAB 1/72

High Bid: $45.77
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2012 Dragon Wings Space Collection-1/72 Mercury Spacecraft Friendship 7-NIB-NASA

High Bid: $39.99
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2012 Dragon Wings Space Collection-1/72 Mercury Spacecraft Liberty Bell NIB-NASA

High Bid: $39.99
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GENE KRANZ SIGNED BOOK - "FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION". NASA, MOON. HRDBCK. 1ST/4TH

High Bid: $38.66
Bids: 1
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Vintage Lot of 28 NASA Patches Gemini Columbia Mercury Space Shuttle MORE

High Bid: $36.00
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VINTAGE NASA PORCELAIN SIGN, MILITARY, SPACE, GAS, OIL, MEATBALL, ASTRONAUT, X

High Bid: $35.00
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NASA Aviation Space Oil Gas Porcelain Sign No Reserve

High Bid: $33.99
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VINTAGE NASA PORCELAIN STARS PLANET MEATBALL OLD AVIATION AERONAUTICS SIGN

High Bid: $32.00
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APOLLO 11 VIew of The Moon VINTAGE July 20, 1969 Official NASA Press Photo

High Bid: $32.00
Bids: 2
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2008 Razor Cut Signature Edition Encore NASA Astronaut John Glenn AUTO 1/1 BGS

High Bid: $31.00
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RARE Bullion NASA APOLLO 8 PATCH BORMAN LOVELL ANDERS Space

High Bid: $29.99
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Vintage lapel Pins Tie Tacks Lot Nasa Philco Pontiac sorority

High Bid: $29.87
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Apollo 11 NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong Space Flown Metal Coin Medallion Medal

High Bid: $28.00
Bids: 12
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VINTAGE LOT OF 22 NASA Patches Apollo Skylab Spacelab

High Bid: $26.05
Bids: 14
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Deke Slayton was an American World War II pilot Hand Signed NASA Mercury Seven

High Bid: $26.00
Bids: 6
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