Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong to go under the hammer

Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong to go under the hammer

Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong to go under the hammer

The lunar dust and some tiny rocks the late astronaut collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million.

Sotheby's NY is holding the auction to mark the 48th anniversary of the first lunar landing on July 20.

"The star lot in the sale is the Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return bag (lot 102), used by Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission to bring back the very first samples of the moon ever collected", Sotheby's writes on its website.

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The bag has been on a almost half-century trajectory during which it was misidentified and almost landed in the trash.

Sotheby's, which will auction the goods on Thursday, said the original objective of the bag was only discovered two years ago, when its current owner bought it as part of an auction of assets seized by the U.S. Marshall's Service.

Moon dust gathered by late legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing will be auctioned off in NY. The current owner, whose name has not been made public, bought the treasure and chose to send it to NASA for testing.

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Armstrong died in 2012 at the age of 82 in Ohio.

Other moon items that will be auctioned on Thursday include documents that were aboard Apollo 11, as well as an Apollo 13 flight plan annotated by its crew, and a spacesuit worn by astronaut Gus Grissom.

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