-1 6 [SOIL SAMPLES FROM LUNA-16] COLLECTED SEPTEMBER 1970 THE ONLY KNOWN DOCUMENTED TESTS OF THE MONTH FOR PRIVATE OWNER.…
2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when American astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, became the first men to go on the moon. But in 2018, Sotheby’s auction will sell a small part of it – and it can be worth as much as $ 1 million.
Next month, the auction house will sell three small pieces of the celestial body taken back from the 1970s Soviet Luna-16 mission. They were given to Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, a widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, chief rocket engineer in the Soviet space program in the 1950s, Sotheby said on his website.
Formerly sold by Sotheby in 1993 for $ 445,000, the moon’s fragment is estimated to be worth between $ 700,000 and $ 1 million and are the only pieces of satellite that can be sold legally.
12 MONTHS FROM MOON SELL FOR MORE THAN $ 600,000
“Genuine Monsters Available for Public Acquisition can be classified as extremely rare, as the title of monsters remains with the units that collect them – USA during Apollo 11-17 missions and the Soviet Union (followed by the Russian Federation) via Luna-16, -20 and -24 missions – as well as with the countries that gave the Apollo 11 samples and Apollo 17 the Goodwill Moonstones on behalf of Nixon Administration, Sotheby writes on his website.
Sotheby continues: “These samples are subject to laws governing public gifts, and in most cases, like in the United States, the law does not currently allow public gifts to be transferred to an individual . It is thus the only known, documented trial that has been committed to an individual. “
The moon’s stones are very small, with the two largest pieces measuring two in two millimeters, CNN reports. The 12-pound monthly meteorite was sold earlier this month at an auction in Boston for $ 612,500.
NEIL ARMSTRONG MEMORABILIA GO TO THE BLOCK
Also included in the auction is a complete Tweini spacecraft with a helmet, estimated to be worth between $ 100,000 and $ 150,000, a painting by astronaut Alan Bean, Apollo 12, titled “A nice place to be visited “is estimated to be between $ 20,000 and $ 30,000, a Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander model estimated to be between $ 12,000 and $ 14,000 and several other items.
The auction will be held November 29, 2018.  Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia