It’s unclear how Sotheby’s was able to obtain all of the objects on sale today, and while the auction house has released the amounts each item sold for, it did not disclose any of the buyers. What we do know is that the sale of that high-ticket collection bag was highly controversial. The bag has been the center of a court case between NASA and a Chicago-area woman , who purchased the bag online in 2015, not knowing its exact origins. According to the Washington Post , after the buyer, Nancy Carlson, sent the bag to NASA for testing, the agency told her it “belongs to the American people.”
Susan Anspach , actress, Five Easy Pieces (1970), 75; Zoë Ball , TV presenter, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two , 47; Scott Brash , equestrian, Olympic gold medallist (2012), 32; Ross Brawn , motor engineer, managing director of Formula One motorsports, 63; Kelly Brook , model, actress and TV presenter, 38; Dr Laurie Bristow , diplomat, UK ambassador to Russia, 54; Miley Cyrus , actress and singer, Wrecking Ball (2013), 25; Bruce Edgar , cricketer, New Zealand (1978-86), 61; Prof Alistair Fitt , vice-chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, 60; Shane Gould , three-time Olympic gold medal-winning Australian swimmer (1972), 61; Eoin G Harty , racehorse trainer, based in the US, 54; Sir Graham Hearne , businessman, chairman, Enterprise Oil (1991-2002), 80; Henry Hoare , banker, chairman, C Hoare & Co (1988-2001), 86; Merv Hughes , cricketer, Australia (1985-94), 56; Prof Jackie Hunter , chief executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (2013-16), 61; Dianne Jeffrey , chairwoman, Age UK and Age International, 73; Most Rev Patrick Kelly , archbishop emeritus of Liverpool (1996-2013), 79; Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight , life vice-president, the Air League aviation society, 85; Sir David Lees , chairman, court of directors, Bank of England (2009-14), 81; Alan Mullery , footballer, England player (1964-71), and manager 76; Krzysztof Penderecki , composer, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1960), 84; Ann Power , presiding judge of the Constitutional Court Chamber of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in the Hague, 55; Diana Quick , actress, Brideshead Revisited (1981), 71; Mark Robinson , cricketer, coach of the 2017 World Cup winning England women’s cricket team, 52; Timothy Sheader , artistic director of the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, 46; Baroness (Deborah) Stedman-Scott , chief executive, employment charity Tomorrow’s People (2005-15), 62; Kirsty Young , presenter, Desert Island Discs (since 2006) and Crimewatch (2008-15), 49.