According to RR Auction, a drill chuck that has been used on the moon’s surface during Commander Dave Scott’s mission with the Apollo 15 was sold for no less than $49,000.
Out of all the stages of the mission the drill was indispensible during two experiments. The Apollo lunar surface drill was used during the deep drill core and the heat flow experiment. Both of these stages obviously required a perfectly functional drill chuck in order to be successful.
Along with the drill chuck the Boston – based auction house also provided the highest bidder with a letter written by David Scott himself. In the letter, he explains that “The scientific objective of the deep core drill was to obtain a 10-foot core of lunar materials for analysis of thermal properties and stratigraphic composition of the upper surface of the Moon.” He then later adds that “The drill was used to insert a deep core tube into the surface near the probes of the Heat Flow Experiment, to collect lunar material from the surface down to a depth of ten feet.”
These experiments concluded that the moon is much more radioactive than it was initially assumed in the science world. These discoveries have come as a breakthrough and had an immense impact as the core sample was revealed to have had 58 individual layers.
According to Robert Livingston, RR Auction’s executive Vice President, the drill chuck „was an essential artifact related to some of the most substantial and important lunar surface findings of the Apollo program”.
The lot sale also included other remarkable items, such as:
Apart from these items, RR Auction also sold a Mickey Mouse production cel and production background from Fantasia that went for $54,878. This was, in fact, the most valuable item of the entire lot sale.
The auction which started on November 17 concluded on December 7 and it was entitled „Autographs, Artifacts and Animation”. Further details can be found on the auction house’s website or on their Twitter and Facebook page.