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).



Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN autographed / signed baseball * NASA Apollo 11 Moonwalker

High Bid: $611.74
Bids: 18
Time Left:
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Apollo 12 COMPLETE SET Stereo Slides frm Flown Film ALSCC Camera NASA Fred Peace

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
2d 47m


Apollo 14 COMPLETE SET Stereo Slides frm Flown Film ALSCC Camera NASA Fred Peace

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
2d 51m


APOLLO NASA 25 FRANKLIN MINT SILVER MEDALS with CASE 14.87 TROY OZ X200 PA

High Bid: $227.00
Bids: 15
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3d 20h 47m


 Original NASA Spacewalk Photo Gemini IV Ed White Red # S-65-30432 Kodak Paper

High Bid: $225.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 14m


NASA Concept Art, Original Painting, Shuttle Launch Site, Alvarez 1977-79 (270)

High Bid: $207.50
Bids: 11
Time Left:
1d 2h 18m


NASA Concept Art Space Shuttle Original Painting Lift Off Booster Alvarez (270)

High Bid: $197.50
Bids: 29
Time Left:
1d 1h 17m


NASA Concept Art, Original Painting, Orbiter Landing, Manny Alvarez 1978 (270)

High Bid: $163.50
Bids: 25
Time Left:
1d 1h 47m


NASA Art, Original Painting, MLP Space Shuttle Vehicle,1979 (270)

High Bid: $161.50
Bids: 21
Time Left:
1d 1h 32m


Harrison Schmitt Apollo 17 Moonwalker Signed Official NASA WSS Lithograph Photo

High Bid: $152.50
Bids: 13
Time Left:
18h 43m


1960'S VON BRAUN ERA NASA MSFC SECURITY BADGE SET APOLLO HI GLO Lapel + Hat

High Bid: $127.51
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 15h 1m


NASA Concept Art Space Shuttle, National Spaceline, Original Painting, 1977(270)

High Bid: $124.50
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1d 1h 2m


ENDEAVOUR NASA SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR 1/100 DESK DISPLAY MODEL X207 PA

High Bid: $116.50
Bids: 10
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5d 16h 20m


APOLLO COMMAND SERVICE MODULE CSM DISPLAY PANEL NASA

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 2
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5d 32m


James Lovell Apollo 8 Signed Official NASA Glossy Photo

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
17h 53m


ORIGINAL NASA APOLLO 3 STAR MOON LUNAR SURFACE EMPLOYEE GIVEN SERVICE LAPEL PIN

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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1d 18h 39m


Century Wings Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird NASA 1/72 Scale Diecast Model

High Bid: $89.99
Bids: 1
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4d 20h 9m


NASA Concept Art, Original Painting, Shuttle Cutaway, Manny Alvarez 1979 (270)

High Bid: $80.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 2h 2m


Four Packs, Space Exposed Seeds, NASA Shuttle Program

High Bid: $76.00
Bids: 10
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1d 21h 50m


Jim Irwin Apollo 15 Moonwalker Signed Official NASA Lithograph Photo

High Bid: $70.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
18h 30m


APOLLO 11 Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN * Stands Beside Flag SIGNED 8x10 NASA Moonwalker

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
3d 15h 23m


Task Force 130 Flight Suit or Jacket Patch Large Cut Edge ORIGINAL NASA Apollo

High Bid: $54.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
2d 23h 17m


 Official 1960s NASA Photo, Ham First Chimp in Space, B/W NASA PHOTO S-61-4539

High Bid: $50.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
15h 42m


VINTAGE NASA 1967 NUCLEAR ROCKET Operations Manual Fortran IV Aerojet Sacramento

High Bid: $44.99
Bids: 1
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2d 2h 22m


Vintage Grumman NASA 1st Manned Lunar Landing Lapel Pin 1969 Given to employees

High Bid: $34.69
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1d 17h 48m