An auction for space lovers

If you have a spare $340,000 you can own a piece of the moon. Too pricey? That’s okay – for $140,000 you can take home an iron meteorite discovered by tribesmen in Namibia.

Texas-based Heritage Auctions is putting 125 meteorites and other space rocks on the block on October 14.

Also up for grabs is a piece of the Peekskill meteorite, which slammed through the roof of a car in New York in 1992, an iron cosmic rock said to look like painter Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” and a piece of the Willamette, the largest meteorite in the world that now resides at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Many of the pieces on auction are desired for their aesthetic qualities, something that wasn’t considered until the mid-1990s when meteorites first hit the auction scene.

A few of the pieces are relatively more reasonable – bidding starts at $4,000 for a meteorite that fell to earth in 1492. Villagers chained it up in the local church to keep it from shooting back up into the sky.

 

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