Three samples of lunar stone took place during a Soviet unmarried memory in 1970, bought a lot for $ 855,000 (Approximately 573 million Chilean pesos), An auction organized on Thursday in New York by the Sotheby's auction house.
The fragments, brought to the ground by the Luna 16 mission, were initially offered to the wife of Sergei Korolev, the father of the Soviet space program, and died in 1966.
The final price, which includes commissions and expenses, represents almost double that is expected (442,500 dollars, about 296 million pesos) in the first sale of the samples, also at Sotheby's.
The sale price puts it in the middle of the estimated bid range of the auction house, which ranged between 700,000 and one million dollars (between 470 and 670 million pesos).
According to Sotheby's, those offered at the end of November are the only ones of all the fragments listed Luna, As near US. It. And Soviet missions, which are not owned by any government.
A sign that lunar missions have a strong attraction among collectors is the auction of a case that Neil Armstrong He used to store the first longer samples that he collected for $ 1,800,000 in sale at Sotheby's in New York, in July 2017.
Although China was able to set a 2013 module on the Moon, the only samples that were brought to Earth are coming from missions from the United States and the Soviet Union.
United States He did not return there since the Apollo 17 mission was in 1972, and Russia was not on the moon since the end of the Soviet era and the Luna 24 flight in 1976.
NASA plans to return with a manned flight in 2023 and China plans to build an inhabited base on the moon.
For this, a private Israeli non-profit organization wants to send an unmanned module in December, whose moon lunch is for mid-February 2019.