Thursday, September 27, 2012

Auction: 125 Meteorites incl. Moon Rock

September 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

Auction offers 125 meteorites for sale


A naturally sculpted Gibeon iron meteorite discovered by indigenous tribesmen in Namibia with a metal detector.
A large chunk of the moon that will be auctioned in New York next month.
(Image Source: The Associated Press)

New York — A New York City auction will offer 125 meteorites for sale, including a large chunk of the moon and a 179-pound iron cosmic rock that evokes Edvard Munch's iconic painting "The Scream."

The sale, one of the largest of its kind, is being held by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Oct. 14.

The sale also includes a large piece of the Peekskill meteorite, famous for puncturing a Chevy Malibu in 1992 about 50 miles north of Manhattan, and the largest complete slice of the most famous meteorite in the world, the Willamette, a huge specimen that is housed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Sources: Associated Press, The Detroit News, New York Post.

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