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Rare moon rocks set to be auctioned for $1m

by Purvai Dua
31st Oct 18 9:52 am

Three tiny bits of Moon fragments, which were collected from the 1970 Soviet Luna-16 mission, are expected to be sold for up to $1m when they go to auction next month.

To put into context how tiny the Moon rocks are, CNN says the two largest pieces measure two by two millimeters, and the smallest piece is just one by one millimeter.

It is “extremely rare” for authentic lunar samples to be put up for public sale, Sotheby’s said, adding: “Winning bidders remain anonymous.”

The rocks were retrieved by the unmanned Luna-16 Mission in 1970, and were first sold in 1993 by the widow of former Soviet space program director Sergei Pavlovich Korolev.

Also included in the auction is a complete Gemini spacesuit with helmet, estimated to be worth between $100,000 and $150,000.

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