The auction expects to gain for this lot up to 1 million dollars.
The central element of the upcoming Sotheby’s auction in New York will be a sample of the soil from the moon. He was dug up to the south from the edge of the Crisis basin in September 1970 during the lunar mission “Luna-16”. It is expected that the auction will be able to earn from this lot from 700 thousand to 1 million US dollars.
Upon returning to Earth, this sample was handed over to the widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, in recognition of the merit of her husband. In 1993, a soil sample changed its owner at the same Sotheby’s auction for $ 442,500. The American collector, who wished to remain anonymous, received the ownership of a sample enclosed under glass with an adjustable lens and labeled as “Particles of Luna-16 soil.”
The auction will also feature a variety of materials from both American and Soviet space programs, including lunar and space photos, objects from astronauts’ personal collections, maps, space suits, and much more.
This is not the first sale of such samples. In July 2017, Neil Armstrong’s bag was soldat auction for $ 1.8 million, with which he collected samples of lunar rock during the legendary Apollo 11 mission. On the inner surface of the bag still contains samples of lunar dust.