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Moon dust heading to auction after galactic court battle

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/20/2017
The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong, to be offered at auction, is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong, to be offered at auction, is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust is heading to auction — surrounded by some fallout from a galactic court battle.

The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong, to be offered at auction, is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million.(AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong, to be offered at auction, is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, will be featured Thursday at a Sotheby's auction in New York City of items related to space voyages. The pre-sale estimate is $2 million to $4 million.

A Custom Command/Service Module, and Planetary Globe, right, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, are displayed in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Custom Command/Service Module is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press A Custom Command/Service Module, and Planetary Globe, right, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, are displayed in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Custom Command/Service Module is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission was misidentified and sold at an online government auction. NASA fought to get it back.

A print of astronaut Neil Armstrong's photograph of fellow Apollo 11 astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin standing on the moon, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, is displayed in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The photo, autographed by Aldrin, is estimated at $2,500 to $3,500. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press A print of astronaut Neil Armstrong's photograph of fellow Apollo 11 astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin standing on the moon, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, is displayed in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The photo, autographed by Aldrin, is estimated at $2,500 to $3,500. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In December, a federal judge ruled that it legally belonged to a Chicago-area woman who bought it in 2015 for $995.

The Apollo 13 Flown Flight Plan, with extensive annotations by the crew, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, is displayed in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. It is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Apollo 13 Flown Flight Plan, with extensive annotations by the crew, to be offered at auction at Sotheby's, is displayed in New York, Thursday, July 13, 2017. It is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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