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Moon bag that Chicago-area woman got for $995 sells for $1.8 million at auction

Moon bag that Chicago-area woman got for $995 sells for $1.8 million at auction

A bag containing moon dust owned by a suburban Chicago woman has sold at auction for $1.8 million, after a galactic court battle.

Used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, the collection bag was featured Thursday at a Sotheby's auction in New York City of items related to space voyages. The pre-sale estimate had been $2 million to $4 million.

The identity of the buyer wasn't released Thursday, nor was where the moon bag will finally land.

The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission had already made quite the journey — from the moon to the pocket of Armstrong's space suit, to the garage of a space rock thief, to a government...

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