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Meteorites from outer space sold at auction


You’re clearly in a special market when your items have to live through a 160,000 mile-per-hour heated entry through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Pricing meteorites is as interesting as it is complicated. In the past, meteorites were valued by gram. If the piece was very heavy, it’d be very expensive. Nowadays, experts have started to take both aesthetics and historic context into consideration.

James Hyslop, a specialist at Christie’s London who helped organize 76 meteorites going to auction last month says, “Meteorites shaped like a parabola are often more expensive than others. Pallasite slices and spheres are also popular.”

Many of the meteorites that went for sale came from private-collectors, while many others were sold by museums that were essentially exchanging their rocks for newer and very rare meteorites.


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