Three samples of lunar rocks taken during the Soviet unmanned mission in 1970 were purchased for much of $ 855,000 (Approximately 573 million pesos), at an auction organized in New York City on Thursday in the Sotheby auction hall.
These fragments, brought on Earth by the Luna-16 missions, were initially offered to the wife of Sergey Korolev, who was considered the father of the Soviet space program and died in 1966.
The final price, which includes commissions and expenses, is almost twice the expected profit ($ 442,500, about 296 million pesos) at the first sale of these samples, even at Sotheby's.
The auction price placed it in the middle of an estimated auction bid of between $ 700,000 and $ 1 million (between 470 and 670 million pesos).
According to Sotheby's, those offered at the end of November are only one of the listed fragments Moon, both US and Soviet missions that no government has.
The stamp that lunar missions have a strong attraction among collectors was the auction of the case Neil Armstrong He stored the first monthly samples he collected for $ 1.8 million on sale at Sotheby's in New York City in July 2017.
Although China has managed to place a module on the Moon in 2013, the only samples that have so far been brought to Earth come from missions from the United States and the Soviet Union.
United States of America Since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, it has not returned, and Russia has not been on the Moon since the end of the Soviet era and the Luna-24 flight in 1976.
NASA plans to return with a crew in 2023, and China plans to build a dwelling base on the Moon.
Prior to that, a private Israeli nonprofit organization wants to send a crewed module in December, scheduled for mid-February 2019 on the moon.