Three samples of moon rock taken during a Soviet immovable mission in 1970 were bought in a lot for $ 855,000, in an auction organized on Thursday from the auction house of Sotheby in New York.
These fragments, brought to Earth from the Moon-16 mission, was initially offered to Sergei Korolev's wife, considered the father of the Soviet space program and died in 1966.
The final price, which includes commissions and revenues, represents almost twice what was expected ($ 442,500) in the first sale of these samples, also at Sotheby.
The sale price puts it in the middle of the estimated offer range of the auction house, which ranged between 700,000 and one million dollars.
According to Sotheby, those offered at the end of November are the only of all the fragments listed from the Moon, both of US and Soviet missions, which do not belong to any government.
A sign that lunar missions have a strong attraction between collectors, was an auction of cases that Neil Armstrong used to store the first lunar samples he collected for 1.8 million dollars for sale at Sotheby in New York City, in July 2017
Although China has managed to put a module on the Moon in 2013, the only samples brought to Earth are so far from US and US missions.
The United States did not return there since the 17th Apollo mission was in 1972, and Russia was not on the Moon since the end of the Soviet era and the Luna-24 flight in 1976.
NASA plans to return with a manned flight in 2023 and China plans to build a lively base on the Moon.
Prior to this, a private Israeli nonprofit organization wants to send in December a motionless motor, whose lunar landing is scheduled in mid-February 2019.
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