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An extremely rare lunar meteorite will hit the auction house this week and could bag a selling price of over $500,000 (£380,000).
Known as the ‘Moon Puzzle’ it’s comprised of six fragments that fit together, puzzle-like, to form a mass weighing very nearly 5.5 kg (12 pounds).
‘It’s a highly important, world-class example of a lunar meteorite,’ said Geoff Notkin, CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, Inc., and a renowned space rock expert.
‘It was blasted off the surface of our moon in the distant past, likely by the impact of a different meteorite, then journeyed the quarter-million miles to Earth and — against all the odds — survived a fiery descent through our atmosphere.’
“The Moon Puzzle” is interesting because it is considered ‘unpaired,’ meaning it is not connected to any other known meteorites.
Pairing happens because fragments of the same meteorite may break up into different pieces and land in different places when they hit Earth. When discovered, they are given numerical designations and matched up in laboratories.
This one, though, is completely unique. Which is why it’s set to fetch a small fortune.
‘Few, if any, of the world’s top museums, have a lunar meteorite that is anywhere near this in size and uniqueness,’ said Notkin.
The auction is taking place in Boston in the US and will run from October 11 to October 18.