Three samples of gray rock taken during a Soviet mission in 1970 were purchased in many for $ 855,000 (About 573 million pesos Chile), at an auction organized Thursday in New York by the Sotheby auction house.
These pieces, brought to Earth by the Luna-16 mission, were initially offered to Sergei Korolev's wife, considering the father of the Soviet and deceased space program in 1966.
The last price, which includes commissions and expenses, represents almost doubled what is expected (442,500 dollars, about 296 million pesos) in the first sale of these samples , also in Sotheby's.
The sale price is set at the center of the estimated bid range of the auction house, which ranged from 700,000 to one million dollars (between 470 and 670 million pesos).
According to Sotheby's, those offered at the end of November are the only all of the listed sections of Luna, from the US and Soviet trips, which are not owned by any government.
There is a sign that lunch trips are a strong attraction amongst collectors who were a case auction a Neil Armstrong He used to store the first lunch samples that collected 1.8 million dollars in sales at Sotheby's in New York, in July 2017.
Although China was successful in putting a module on the Moon in 2013, the only samples brought to Earth so far come from US & # 39; the Soviet Union.
United States He did not return there since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, and Russia has not been on the Moon since the end of the Soviet era and flight of Luna-24 in 1976.
NASA plans to return with a flight with people in 2023 and China plans to build a living base on the Moon.
Before that, a private private non-profit organization wants to send a non-crew module in December, whose moon rain has scheduled for mid February 2019.