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Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8M

Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8M
Posted at 12:59 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 09:16:45-04

(NASA TV/CNN) - A canvas bag that Neil Armstrong used to collect moon dust sold for just over $1.8 million.

The bag sold at an auction in New York on Thursday.

But the pouch has a history even beyond the 1969 apollo mission.

Two years ago, a woman paid nearly $1,000 for a number of assets seized by U.S. Marshals.

She sent it to NASA who verified its authenticity, and even said the bag still contained lunar dust.

NASA wanted to keep it, but a U.S. district court said the woman bought it fair and square.

Marshals ended up with the bag after seizing property from a space museum president who had been convicted of fraud.

Armstrong collected about 500 grams of dust and 12 rock pieces in an area of the moon known as The Sea of Tranquility.

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