Three quarters of a million for three maankiezeltjes

NEW YORK – possibly The only moonstones privatised at an auction in New York 885.000 dollar raised, about three quarters of a million euro. The three special ’kiezeltjes has purchased, wanted to Sotheby’s not to say. The auction house had this price about expected.

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The tiny pebbles came in september, 1970, to earth thanks to the unmanned Soviet mission Luna-16. They were in a metal box with a magnifying glass as a present to Nina Koroleva, the widow of Sergei Korolev (1906-1966). He was one of the founders of the space program of the former Soviet Union. An American collector took the moonstones at a public sale in 1993.

According to Sotheby’s, all the other well-known moon rocks on earth in the possession of the authorities.

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