Armstrong’s moon-purse set for $4m bid-off
The Neil Armstrong bags used to transport lunar samples to the Apollo 11 home could be up to $ 4 million at an auction next month.
The auction house Sotheby said the bag, which was a matter of half a kilo of Luna to Earth, is one of the few artifacts of the mission can be acquired by the general public – most of Apollo 11 gears is carried Out by the Smithsonian.
The bag will be part of a special auction in space exploration that Sotheby is planning in New York on July 20, the 48th anniversary of the lunar landing.
“During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong has collected about 500 grams of material larger than 1 cm and 12 fragments of rock greater than 1 cm from five different places on the lunar surface in the region known as the Sea of Tranquility, At the auction site said pocket with zipper.
“Given the unknown nature of the lunar material, the decontamination bag was used to minimize the potential damage that could be represented by the command module and planet Earth samples.”
According to Sotheby, the lunar (empty) sample bag was never taken over by national collections and was grouped into many items that the Marshall Service put us in for an auction in 2015.
A woman bought the bag for $ 995 and took it to NASA, where the researchers found that it was a part of the landing of Apollo 11 mission of this woman now has to return to its heavy investment, since it is expected that the bag costs $ 2 million – $ 4 million – although most of the profits go to charities.
These auctions are not as rare as the Sotheby’s ear. In 2014, rival collectors Bonhams sold a lot of souvenirs from Soviet and American space programs, including Apollo 11 artifacts and other NASA lunar missions.