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Moon rock for sale, $1.7 million? It's illegal at any price

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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - What's a moon rock go for on eBay these days? Apparently the sky is the limit.

You can look it up, but meantime we'll tell you that authorities in Southern California have arrested a woman accused of trying to sell a piece of the moon for $1.7 million.

The Riverside County sheriff's department says the woman was arrested Thursday during an undercover meeting at a Lake Elsinore restaurant, where she showed the rock for an undercover NASA investigator. The rock has been recovered - and presumably determined to be the real deal.

Moon rocks are considered national treasures that cannot be sold.

Authorities say NASA had been investigating the case for several months.

Authorities haven't released the identity of the woman or details on how she obtained the rock.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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