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The bags was used to collect some of the first ever examples of the moon to be collected and come from the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission. The bag, which was purchased by an anonymous bidder, still has traces of most dust and small rocks.


The bag hit the auction block after a legal battle concerning the ownership of the artefact. In 2015, Nancy Carlson, who consigned the bag to Sotheby's for the auction, bought the bag at auction for $995. In order to have her purchase identified, Carlson went to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Here, it was confirmed they were in fact part of the Apollo 11 mission. NASA kept the bag, which led Carlson to seek legal action to have returned. Carlson was successful, and the bag was returned to her February 2017.