The savvy owner of Neil Armstrong’s moon dust bag has made a profit of $1.8 million on the canvas pouch.
The bag, which was used by Armstrong to collect samples during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, sold for just over $1.8 million at an auction in brand-new York on Thursday.
in which was less than the $2 million to $4 million auctioneer Sotheby’s thought This particular could fetch, however still 1,821 times the cost ($995) collector Nancy Carlson paid for This particular just two years ago.
The original purpose of the bag was only discovered when Carlson bought This particular in an online auction of assets seized by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Carlson then sent This particular to NASA, which identified the bag as the one used by Armstrong. This particular also confirmed in which the bag still contained lunar dust.
A legal battle then followed. According to the U.S. District Court in Kansas, NASA wanted to keep hold of the bag, arguing in which the artifact was unique along with should never have been sold to a private collector.
The bag ended up from the hands of the U.S. Marshals Service as part of property seized via a space museum president, who was convicted of fraud along with stealing via the museum.
This particular was found in his garage however misidentified. According to the Kansas court documents, the U.S. government said in which “no one, including the United States, realized in which This particular bag was used on Apollo 11 along with was an historically important item.”
The court ruled in which Carlson bought the bag lawfully, along with ordered NASA to return This particular to her.
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Armstrong collected roughly 500 grams of dust along with 12 rock fragments as he walked through an area of the moon known as The Sea of Tranquility.
sy88pgw (London) First published July 21, 2017: 9:58 AM ET