Next month at Sotheby’s auction will put the soil mined on the moon during the mission “Luna-16”. Then the automatic station delivered rock samples of the natural satellite of our planet to Earth. The part was handed over to the widow of Sergei Korolev. These samples are one of the few that are allowed to be owned by a private person (at least in the USA; samples obtained by NASA missions can only belong to the state).
The last time samples of lunar soil, delivered to Earth during Soviet times, were put up for auction in 1993. The buyer was an anonymous collector who laid out $ 442.5 thousand. That case was the first in history when they offered to buy a piece of another world.
Auction organizers expect to gain up to a million dollars.