Moon rocks sell at auction for $855K


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At a Sotheby auction of space memorabilia yesterday three Moon rocks brought back by a Soviet-era robot ship sold for $855K.

This was the second time these rocks have sold at auction, with their sale price more than doubling with yesterday’s sale. Though their value has apparently gone up a lot, I think the seller here made a very wise decision. Right now, practically all the rocks are controlled by NASA and are not for sale, thus creating a shortage and forcing the value of the available rocks to rise. Their value will drop however once private companies start hauling them back to Earth.

A number of other interesting space items sold during auction, including several unused spacesuits and several paintings by Chesley Bonestell, Alan Bean, and Norman Rockwell.

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  • Lee S

    I hadn’t thought about that aspect, but of course you are right…..
    I collect ancient coins, and a unique and extreamly valuable example can have it’s worth decimated should a hoard containing hundreds of examples make its way to market.
    There is no doubt that for-profit sample return missions are in the pipeline… Indeed, giving it some thought, a mission which returned a couple of kilos of regolith purely to sell is viable and could turn a large profit.
    Perhaps I will end up with a moon rock on my desk before I die after all!!!
    ( I smell a go fund me campaign coming on!!)

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