ackEarlier last week the auction house Sotheby’s announced that they will be auctioning off the moon rock bag that was a part of one of the biggest legal space disputes of our time.
The bag is the zippered bag that was used to collect and protect the first-ever samples of lunar material that were collected by an astronaut on the surface of the moon, which as a part of the historic Apollo 11 mission, marking the first time that anything of this grandeur has been made available to the public.
But that’s not the most interesting part of this story, the bag was actually already mistakenly sold back in 2015 for just $995, today it is expected that the bag will fetch between $2 to $4 million.
It was purchased by Nancy Lee Carlson of Inverness, Illinois, who sent the bag in for analysis at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Shortly after NASA refused to return the bag due to them having no record of releasing it, offering to refund the money that she had spent for it.
Of course, Carlson decided to take it to court instead and made history with a series of two court cases.
She won the case in December 2016 and the US District Court in Kansas ordered that NASA must return the lunar sample bag to Carlson, stating that the government did not have sufficient justification to overturn the original sale.
And the rest is history.
The bag will be sold by Sotheby’s at an auction on July 20th in New York City, which is quite fitting since it is also the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.
It will be Sotheby’s first space history sale in more than 20-years and should be pretty exciting.
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