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Neil Armstrong's Lunar Sample Bag May Fetch $4M at Auction

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The lunar sample bag. (Sotheby’s)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 May 2017 02:57 PM

Neil Armstrong’s lunar sample bag is expected to fetch as much as $4 million when it is sold at auction by Sotheby’s in July after mistakenly ending up in a private collection.

The bag, which Armstrong used to collect the first moon rocks, was sent to the Cosmosphere space museum in Kansas, but was found in 2003 in the museum president’s basement, then confiscated by federal agents after that individual was arrested, according to The Washington Post.

A subsequent clerical error led to the mislabeling of the bag as being from the 1972 Apollo 17 mission, which made its apparent value drop greatly. It was offered for auction by the U.S. Marshall’s office through a small auction house three times in 2014 and didn’t get any bids, the Post reported.

In 2015, Chicago lawyer Nancy Carlson bought the bag for $995 and had it authenticated by Johnson Space Center in Houston. When its true identity and value were discovered, NASA took possession of the sack, the Post reported.

Carlson took NASA to court and was eventually granted the right to have the bag back. She plans to use the proceeds from the sale of the bag to fund several charities and set up a scholarship fund for speech pathology students at her alma mater, Northern Michigan University, Newsweek reported.

The bag still contains remnants of moon dust and is the first-ever lunar artifact to be offered for sale to the public. NASA opposes the private sale of the bag, saying, “This artifact, we believe, belongs to the American people and should be on display for the public, which is where it was before all of these unfortunate events occurred,” Chicago Tribune reported.

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