If you are looking for a gift out of the world on Valentine’s Day, the auction house offers you Rare meteorite pieces Noise MoonMars and beyond, for less than $ 250.
Online sale begins Tuesday, February 9 Christie auctions Seventy-two meteorites were auctioned: solid pieces of remains of celestial bodies, such as comets and asteroids, that reach Earth. Shooting StarsThey somehow managed to survive their journey through our atmosphere to land on the surface.
“The weight of each known meteorite is less than the world’s annual gold production, and this sale provides astonishing examples for every collector and is available in estimates ranging from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the auction house wrote in its website. website.
The collection includes a meteorite containing 7 billion year old stardust, iron clad space gemstones and the fourth largest portion of the moon. Big piece of The Rock of MarsValued between $ 30,000 and $ 50,000, the bubbles in the planet’s atmosphere are trapped inside.
According to Christy, there are dozens of samples from the Moon and MarsDozens of other famous museums around the world have hosted it before.
“Everyone has a picture in mind of what a meteorite should look like: an alien object that heats up from friction when it enters Earth’s atmosphere,” said James Hislop, director of Christie’s division of science and natural history. . . “It just came to our notice then. It seems to be the shared idealism seen in this meteor. It’s wonderful to see it and to be honored to be commissioned to sell it.”
None of the group’s objects fell to the ground: a boy from Morocco found a meteorite in the branches of a tree the next day Meteor shower These are valued between $ 15,000 and $ 25,000. However, the last of the largest meteor showers in the United States was received in Odessa, Texas, and was expected to raise between $ 40,000 and $ 60,000.
Curator Daryl Pitt said: “If there is a moment that terrifies you in the endless night sky, we live in it, but if you want inspiration and you see your eyes open, touch a meteorite.”
The auction house said one of the highlights was a meteorite that weighed 16 kilograms and is estimated to sell for between $ 50,000 and $ 80,000.
The auction house said: “Unlike 99% of all other meteorites, this meteor did not overturn or overturn while descending to Earth, but rather maintained a constant orientation throughout its descent.” “The Earth-oriented surface shows elongated flight signals that radiate outward in this streamlined shape away from Earth.”
Meteorites are found all over the world, from the Sahara desert to Chile and Russia.
The “Deep Impact: Mars, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites” auction runs through February 23 and interested buyers from New York will be able to view it in person by appointment.