In 1970, during the Soviet unmanned flight, three samples were taken from slow stones for $ 855,000 (About 573 million Chilean pesos), at an auction organized Thursday in the Sotheby auction house in New York.
These fragments, which the Luna-16 mission brought to Earth, was initially offered by the wife of Sergei Korolev, the father of the Soviet space program, and died in 1966.
The final price, which includes commissions and expenses, is the first sale of these samples, including Sotheby's, almost twice the amount expected ($ 442,500, approximately £ 296 million).
The selling price ranks in the auction house's estimated price ranges ranging from $ 700,000 to $ 1 million (from 470 to 670 million pesos).
According to Sotheby & # 39; s, those offered at the end of November are the only of all the fragments listed from the list. Lunaboth in the United States and in Soviet missions that do not belong to any government.
The sign that the moon's missions are a strong link between collectors was an auction of things Neil Armstrong He used to store the first months of the month he collected for $ 1.8 million in Sotheby's New York, July 2017.
Although China succeeded in setting up a module for the Moon in 2013, the only samples that have been brought to Earth since then come from the United States and the Soviet Union missions.
United States of America He did not return there because the mission of Apollo 17 was in 1972, and Russia has not been in the moon since the end of the Soviet era and the flight Luna-24 in 1976.
NASA plans to return to the masters flight in 2023, and China plans to build a populated place on the moon.
Prior to this, a private Israeli non-profit organization wants to send an unmanned module in December, which will be landed in mid-February 2019.