View photos FILE PHOTO: The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong is displayed for Sotheby’s Space Exploration auction in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo More

By Taylor Harris

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday marking the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing.

The bag, which for years sat unidentified in a box at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, was bought by a person who bid by telephone and did not wish to be

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