In 1969, Neil Armstrong took a “giant leap for mankind” when he landed on the moon. He also collected samples of rocks and dust in a pouch, which was accidentally mixed in with less historical ephemera from other NASA missions. Through a bizarre turn of events, the bag was eventually put up for auction by the U.S. Marshals Service as part of a criminal investigation into a museum director who was trafficking stolen space artifacts. Michigan lawyer and geology enthusiast Nancy Lee Carlson purchased the bag of dust for $995 in 2015, eventually sending it to NASA for testing. When the agency realized its mistake, it tried to keep the material, but Lee sued and prevailed in court. When it hits the auction block in July, Sotheby’s estimates it will fetch between $2 million and $4 million. “It’s an incredible piece of history, and losing it was a colossal mistake for NASA,” Joseph Gutheinz, a former special agent at NASA’s Office of the Inspector General, the agency’s law-enforcement arm, told the Journal. “But Nancy Lee bought it fair and square.”
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