Neil Armstrong bag

A white cloth bag, used by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect samples during the Apollo 11 mission, was sold for $1.8 million during an auction in New York, writes BBC News.

Previously, the Sotheby’s House estimated the white sack to nearly $4 million.

The cloth bag used by Armstrong contains bark and moon dust, and the “Lunar Sample Return” inscription.

The object was used only by Neil Armstrong, the first man who placed his feet on the Moon during the historical space mission.

The auction was organized after a long legal battle with the owner of the object.

At one point, the bag was seized by the United States Department of Justice during an investigation and re-sold during an auction to its former owner, Nancy Lee Carlson, an attorney from Chicago.

She sent the object to NASA for various tests and the institution confirmed its origin.

However when she wanted to recover the bag but her request was rejected in court.

Now, the bag used during the Apollo 11 mission was sold during an auction organized to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the moonlighting.

The Apollo 11 mission was initiated on July 16, 1969, with three US astronauts aboard.

Four days later, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, flew aboard the Eagle module, which they successfully placed on the surface of the Moon. During that mission, the two astronauts collected several samples.

After spending nearly 22 hours on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned to the lunar module took off, joined astronaut Michael Collins on the Columbia spacecraft and they returned to Terra.

They returned home eight days later.