Three samples of the lunar rock taken during the Soviet drone mission in 1970 were purchased in much for 855,000 dollars (About 573 million Chilean pesos), at an auction organized by Sotheby's auction house in New York on Thursday.
These fragments, brought to Earth from the mission Luna-16, were initially offered to Sergei Korolev's wife, who is considered the father of the Soviet space program and died in 1966.
The final price, which includes fees and expenses, was almost doubled ($ 442,500, about 296 million pesos) in the first sale of these samples, also in Sotheby's.
The sales price puts it in the middle of the estimated auction offer, ranging between 700,000 and one million dollars (between 470 and 670 million pesos).
According to Sotheby's, those offered at the end of November are the only of all the fragments listed by them Moon, and from American and Soviet missions, which are not owned by any government.
A sign that lunar missions have a strong attraction among collectors is an auction of the case Neil Armstrong He kept the first lunar samples he collected for $ 1.8 million in the sale of Sotheby's in New York in July 2017.
Although China has managed to put a moon module in 2013, the only samples that have been taken on the Earth to date come from missions from the United States and the Soviet Union.
USA He did not return there because the Apollo 17 mission was in 1972, and Russia was not on the Moon since the end of the Soviet era and the Luna-24 flight in 1976.
NASA plans to return by crew in 2023, and China plans to build a population base on the moon.
Prior to that, a private Israeli non-profit organization wants to send in a December unmanned module, whose landing on the moon is scheduled for mid-February 2019.