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    BAG USED TO COLLECT MOON SAMPLES SELLS FOR $1.8 MILLION

    Friday, July 21st, 2017

    A bag once nearly thrown out with the rubbish sold for $1.8 million at Sotheby’s in New York. ┬áIt was the one Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon.

    The outer decontamination bag, which was flown to the moon on Apollo 11 and still carries traces of moon dust and small rock, was sold on the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.

    Auctioneer Joe Dunning introduced the lot as “an exceptionally rare artifact from mankind’s greatest achievement.” It sold to an anonymous buyer on the telephone following a sluggish five-minute bidding war. Its previous owner was an Illinois lawyer, who bought it in 2015 for $995.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 1, 2017)