A bag of moon dust from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission – which a woman bought for $995 in 2015 — sold for $1.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction this week following an intense court battle.
The bag, filled with moon dust by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in July 1969, had previously been misidentified and mistakenly sold at an online government auction.
NASA’s attempt to retrieve the bag failed after a federal judge in December ruled it legally belonged to a Chicago-area woman who bought it two years ago. Nancy Carlson, of Inverness, Illinois, paid $995 to acquire the ordinary-looking bag made of white Beta cloth and polyester, with rubberized nylon and a brass zipper. Read more at Fox News.