Three samples & # 39; lunar rocks taken during unmanned Soviet mission in 1970 bought in & # 39; lot for $ 855 000 (About 573 million burden & # 39; Chilean), F & # 39; on organized auction & # 39; Thursday in New York by auction house Sotheby & # 39; s.
These fragments, brought to Earth by the Luna 16 mission, initially offered to a woman & # 39; Sergei Korolev, considered the father of the Soviet space program and died in 1966.
The final price, including commissions and expenses, representing almost twice what was expected (442 500 dollars, about 296 million pesos) in the first sales & # 39; these samples, also at Sotheby & # 39; s.
The selling price in place it & # 39; mid-range estimate of auction bids, which ranged between 700,000 and one million dollars (between 470 and 670 million pesos).
According to Sotheby & # 39; s, those offered at the end of & # 39; November are the only all fragments listed by Jordan Luna, Both missions & # 39; the United States and from the Soviet, not owned & # 39; any government.
Sign lunar missions have a strong attraction among collectors was auction & # 39; case Neil Armstrong It is used to store the first lunar samples collected 1.8 million dollars in sales in & # 39; Sottoheby & # 39; s in New York, in & # 39; July 2017.
Although China managed to put a module on the Moon in 2013, the only samples brought to the World & # 39; now from missions from the United States and the Soviet Union.
United States It is not yet & # 39; back from there since the mission was Apollo 17 in 1972, and Russia was not on the Moon by the end of the Soviet era and Luna-24 flight in 1976.
NASA plans to return with & # 39; Manned flight in 2023 and China plans to build inhabited base on the Moon.
Prior to this, private Israeli profit organization does not want to send in & # 39; December unmanned module, the landing of his moon is scheduled for mid-February 2019.