When the Apollo 11 astronauts returned from the moon and delivered the first samples of lunar material collected by human hands, it was a monumental moment for NASA and humanity as a whole. It would have been impossible for astronauts to predict that one of their most mundane equipment would be the subject of a heavy trial nearly half a century later.
Nancy Lee Carlson previously owned a lunar sample return bag used during the Apollo 11 mission to transport lunar rocks and dust. The bag has an incredible story, not just because it has visited the moon. As CollectSpace reports, Carlson now alleges that NASA owes him money for damage to the bag.
Buckle your belt because it's a very strange story.
Upon his return to Earth, all the equipment of the Apollo 11 mission was held by NASA and considered to be rather historical, for obvious reasons. However, the bag and other space artifacts were later stolen and handed over to a museum curator, who was finally arrested. Law enforcement mis – labeled the bag, not realizing its true origins, and this resulted in a government auction where Carlson bought it for $ 995 in 2015.
Carlson was looking for help from NASA to determine what the bag could be for, which determined that the bag was Apollo, and even contained small pieces of Moon material in his fabric. NASA then refused to hand the bag to Carlson, which resulted in a court battle that resulted in Carlson being given custody of the bag.
Carlson decided to sell the bag, still at auction, and this time he reported a sum of over $ 1.8 million. A high price, but initial estimates put it at $ 4 million. Carlson now claims that the damage to the bag by NASA while she was in her possession is the reason why the selling price has dropped. She is now seeking compensation for the loss of value as well as emotional distress related to the tragedy around the bag and NASA's refusal to return it to her.
Source of the image: Sotheby's & # 39; s