The Wall Street Journal has a great story on how a rock buff ended up with a bag full of moondust collected by Neil Armstrong. After Armstrong brought the sample back to Earth, NASA lost it, and it ended up selling on ebay, with some other space trinkets, for $995. [Eds. note: I could not find the original auction; unclear if it made the PTO ebay roundup.]
When Ms. Carlson sent her bag to NASA for testing, scientists realized what she had bought and refused to give it back. So last December she sued the agency and won. Now, she’s planning to resell it for at least $2 million in Sotheby’s first space-exploration sale in New York on July 20.
Sotheby’s senior specialist Cassandra Hatton said she thinks the object could sell for millions more because NASA doesn’t allow individuals to own any bits of the moon, apart from this court-ordered exception.
[“You don’t OWN me.” -The Moon, to NASA]
Carlson plans to use some of the proceeds to fund scientific and medical research. Best use of ebay ever.