A bag used to bring the first dust samples from the moon during the world's first mission to the moon will be sold at auction. Sotheby's in New York is selling the bag during its upcoming Space Exploration auction.
Traces of moon dust and small moon rocks are still embedded in the small, white bag.
"It is the bag that was used by Neil Armstrong to bring back the very first samples of the moon ever collected and that happened, of course, during the Apollo 11 mission," explained Cassandra Hatton, vice president and senior specialist in the Sotheby's Books And Manuscripts Department.
Due to an inventory error, it is the only artifact of its kind in private hands. It is expected to sell for anywhere from $2 million to $4 million (USD).
Also for sale, the Apollo 13 flight plan, which includes annotated notes by the astronauts before and after the life-threatening, on-board explosion. It is expected to sell for between $30,000 and $40,000.
The 173 lot sale includes maps, globes, space suits, models, rocket engines and even a Snoopy doll. Astronaut Snoopy was the mascot of the Apollo 10 LM Crew and a signed model is expected to sell for at least $2,000.
Hatton said the space exploration attracts people from all walks of life. "We all have the common experience of staring up at the sky and wondering what's going on amongst the stars."
Sotheby's Space Exploration auction is July 20, which is also the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing.
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