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Bag Containing Moon Dust Sold For $1.8 Million

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A bag with traces of moon dust from Apollo 11 sold for $1.8 million at an auction Thursday.

Sotheby’s auction sold the bag, used by Neil Armstrong during the first astronaut-led mission to the moon in 1969. Estimates originally placed the moon dust’s value at $2 to $4 million.

The bag was previously misidentified and sold at an online auction. Nancy Carlson, a collector from the Chicago area, bought it for $995 in 2015. While the seller knew that the bag was from a space flight, they did not know that it traced back to the Apollo 11 mission.

Due to the mislabeling of the bag, NASA fought to get it back. However, a federal judge ruled that it belonged to the buyer in December 2016.

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