Three samples of lunar rock, made during the Soviet unmanned mission in 1970, were purchased for $ 855,000 (Approximately 573 million Chilean pesos), at an auction organized on Thursday in New York by the Sotheby auction house & # 39; s.
These fragments, brought to Earth by the Luna-16 mission, were originally proposed to the wife of Sergei Korolev, who was considered the father of the Soviet space program and deceased in 1966.
The final price, including commissions and expenses, is almost twice as much as expected ($ 442,500, about 296 million pesos) when these samples were first sold, also at Sotheby's.
The selling price places it in the middle of the estimated range of the auction house, which ranged from 700,000 to 1,000,000 dollars (from 470 to 670 million pesos).
According to Sotheby & # 39; s, those offered at the end of November are the only ones out of all the fragments listed from moon, both American and Soviet missions that do not belong to any government.
The sign that moon missions have a strong attraction among collectors was an auction of the case, Neil Armstrong He used to store the first lunar samples, which he collected for $ 1.8 million in sales at Sotheby & # 39; s in New York in July 2017.
Although China managed to install a module on the moon in 2013, the only samples that were delivered to Earth today come from missions from the United States and the Soviet Union.
USA He did not return there, since the Apollo 17 mission was in 1972, and Russia had not been on the Moon since the end of the Soviet era and the flight of the Moon-24 in 1976.
NASA plans to return with a manned flight in 2023, and China plans to build a residential base on the moon.
Prior to this, a private Israeli non-profit organization wants to send in December an unmanned module, whose landing on the moon is scheduled for mid-February 2019.