To the people who promise to bring stars and moon to their loved ones, what if you discover that it’s really possible? Yes, the only lunar matter fragments available on earth are up for an auction now and might even fetch millions to their owner.

These are the only lunar fragments that can be owned as a private property, and were collected by the Soviet Union via the unmanned Luna-16. The Soviet union has also sent unmanned missions Luna-20, and Luna-24 to the moon. These little two to three millimetre sized moon-stones (literally!) were first gifted to Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, the widow of former Soviet space program director Sergei Pavlovich Korolev by the Soviet government in 1970, and were sold by her in 1993.

They were gifted to her by the Soviet Union in the memory of her late husband, who was the head rocket engineer at the program. The Soviet union was the third on the earth to obtain such artifacts from moon after Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions by America. So when they were auctioned for the first time in 1993, these tiny little pieces of stones from moon, fetched in a humongous amount of money, exactly costing  $442,500 to a the buyer. This time, the auction is to be held by Sotheby’s in New York, and they’re about to cost as much as upto $1 million, in the next month auction.

The interesting thing is that any space objects, objects from another worlds are never kept up for private ownership by NASA. However, these three pieces are owned by the Soviet union and were later gifted to an individual, hence  they are allowed to be owned privately, and it would be perfectly legal to do so. The upcoming auction is scheduled on 29th of November, 2018 and before that, the rocks will be put up for a public display in New York on 25th November in a public exhibition.

Generally, the samples collected from outer space stay with any authorities/ legal bodies who has collected them. Such samples are strictly subject to laws governing public gifts, and mostly, the laws of United States does not permit for any public gifts to be transferred to an individual. As such, this is the only known, documented lunar sample to have been gifted to a private individual.

But as Soviet union itself is allowing to let this one be a private property of a lucky individual, let’s see who the lucky one is!

To the people who promise to bring stars and moon to their loved ones, what if you discover that it’s really possible? Yes, the only lunar matter fragments available on earth are up for an auction now and might even fetch millions to their owner.

These are the only lunar fragments that can be owned as a private property, and were collected by the Soviet Union via the unmanned Luna-16. The Soviet union has also sent unmanned missions Luna-20, and Luna-24 to the moon. These little two to three millimetre sized moon-stones (literally!) were first gifted to Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, the widow of former Soviet space program director Sergei Pavlovich Korolev by the Soviet government in 1970, and were sold by her in 1993.

They were gifted to her by the Soviet Union in the memory of her late husband, who was the head rocket engineer at the program. The Soviet union was the third on the earth to obtain such artifacts from moon after Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions by America. So when they were auctioned for the first time in 1993, these tiny little pieces of stones from moon, fetched in a humongous amount of money, exactly costing  $442,500 to a the buyer. This time, the auction is to be held by Sotheby’s in New York, and they’re about to cost as much as upto $1 million, in the next month auction.

The interesting thing is that any space objects, objects from another worlds are never kept up for private ownership by NASA. However, these three pieces are owned by the Soviet union and were later gifted to an individual, hence  they are allowed to be owned privately, and it would be perfectly legal to do so. The upcoming auction is scheduled on 29th of November, 2018 and before that, the rocks will be put up for a public display in New York on 25th November in a public exhibition.

Generally, the samples collected from outer space stay with any authorities/ legal bodies who has collected them. Such samples are strictly subject to laws governing public gifts, and mostly, the laws of United States does not permit for any public gifts to be transferred to an individual. As such, this is the only known, documented lunar sample to have been gifted to a private individual.

But as Soviet union itself is allowing to let this one be a private property of a lucky individual, let’s see who the lucky one is!

To the people who promise to bring stars and moon to their loved ones, what if you discover that it’s really possible? Yes, the only lunar matter fragments available on earth are up for an auction now and might even fetch millions to their owner.

These are the only lunar fragments that can be owned as a private property, and were collected by the Soviet Union via the unmanned Luna-16. The Soviet union has also sent unmanned missions Luna-20, and Luna-24 to the moon. These little two to three millimetre sized moon-stones (literally!) were first gifted to Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, the widow of former Soviet space program director Sergei Pavlovich Korolev by the Soviet government in 1970, and were sold by her in 1993.

They were gifted to her by the Soviet Union in the memory of her late husband, who was the head rocket engineer at the program. The Soviet union was the third on the earth to obtain such artifacts from moon after Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions by America. So when they were auctioned for the first time in 1993, these tiny little pieces of stones from moon, fetched in a humongous amount of money, exactly costing  $442,500 to a the buyer. This time, the auction is to be held by Sotheby’s in New York, and they’re about to cost as much as upto $1 million, in the next month auction.

The interesting thing is that any space objects, objects from another worlds are never kept up for private ownership by NASA. However, these three pieces are owned by the Soviet union and were later gifted to an individual, hence  they are allowed to be owned privately, and it would be perfectly legal to do so. The upcoming auction is scheduled on 29th of November, 2018 and before that, the rocks will be put up for a public display in New York on 25th November in a public exhibition.

Generally, the samples collected from outer space stay with any authorities/ legal bodies who has collected them. Such samples are strictly subject to laws governing public gifts, and mostly, the laws of United States does not permit for any public gifts to be transferred to an individual. As such, this is the only known, documented lunar sample to have been gifted to a private individual.

But as Soviet union itself is allowing to let this one be a private property of a lucky individual, let’s see who the lucky one is!

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