A woman that purchased a small bag marked “Lunar Sample Return” for only $995 may soon earn $4 million!
According to the Huffington Post, Nancy Lee Carlson purchased the bag two years ago on a US Marshals auction website, only to later find out that famed astronaut Neil Armstrong filled the bag with lunar rocks during his historic 1969 trip to the moon.
After NASA verified the bag’s authenticity, it’s price surged! It’s now expected to draw roughly $4 million at an upcoming Sotheby’s auction.
While the bag no longer contains the rocks, the leftover “moon dust” in and on the bag is what’s caused the huge price spike.
However, NASA is not happy about the sale of the bag as they believe it belongs to them. They believe the bag should be on public display, and not added to someone’s private collection. Though they tried to take the bag after discovering its existence, they lost a lengthy court case over the bag’s ownership.