Three moon rocks brought to Earth nearly half a century ago and the only known documented lunar samples in private hands, sold for $855,000 in New York on Thursday, Sotheby’s said.
The rocks, collected by an unmanned Soviet Luna-16 Mission in 1970, went for nearly double the $442,500 last paid for them by the present-day US sellers in a Sotheby’s Russian space history sale in 1993.
They were originally the property of Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev — the former director of the Soviet space program — who was given them by the Soviet Union in honour of her husband’s work.
Korolev was a rocket engineer, aircraft…
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