Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing nearly 50 years ago is up for auction in New York City. It's the first sample of Earth's satellite ever gathered and is expected to fetch a pretty penny. It's not the only Armstrong prize Sotheby's has put up for grabs, though. Take a look at the collection.
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.
They're just some of the 180 lots linked to space travel that Sotheby's is auctioning off to mark the 48th anniversary of the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969. A print of astronaut Neil Armstrong's photograph of fellow Apollo 11 astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin standing on the moon is also on the block.
A full scale Custom Sputnik-1 model, above, will also be offered. It is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.
The moon dust is undoubtedly the star of the sale, though — the first sample of Earth's satellite ever collected. The bag has been on a nearly half-century trajectory during which it was misidentified and nearly landed in the trash. About two years ago, it appeared in a seized assets auction staged on behalf of the U.S. Marshals Service. The current owner, whose name has not been made public, bought the treasure and decided to send it to NASA for testing.
The Apollo 13 Flown Flight Plan, with extensive annotations by the crew, is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.
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A Custom Command/Service Module, and Planetary Globe, right, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.
A Gemini G1C Spacesuit Thermal Coverlayer, left, and a Wind Tunnel Test Model, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, are shown in New York. The spacesuit is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 while the test module is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.