Three tiny Moon rocks introduced again from space by the unmanned Soviet Luna-16 mission had been sold for $855,000 at public sale on Thursday.
The rocks, which had a pre-sale estimate of $700,000 to $1 million, are the one identified lunar samples obtainable for personal possession, in response to public sale home Sotheby’s. In 1993 the rocks had been sold for $442,500 to an nameless American collector, marking the primary time piece of one other world had been supplied to the general public.
Retrieved from the lunar floor in 1970, the samples had been offered to Nina Ivanova Koroleva, widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the previous director of the Soviet space program.
Details of the purchaser haven’t been revealed.
There is nice curiosity in Moon-related artifacts. Last yr, for instance, a bag stuffed with Moon mud stuffed by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong was sold by Sotheby’s for $1.eight million.
The bag had beforehand been misidentified and mistakenly sold at an internet authorities public sale for $995. The Chicago-area girl who bought the bag gained an intense court docket battle with NASA, which tried to retrieve the artifact.
The Associated Press contributed to this text.
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