Viewings: 4441In new York held an auction for the sale of fragments of meteorites from the moon and Mars. The most expensive lot was a fragment of a meteorite "Dar al Ghani 1058" - was sold for 330 thousand dollars. This amount was 10 thousand dollars less than it was expected by the organizers of the auction. All they managed to collect more than a million dollars.
"Cosmic guest" "Dar al Ghani 1058", which weighs almost two kilos and has a flat shape, arrived on the Earth, that is, independently and without invitation. Scientists are not sure exactly when he made his ' travel" from the moon to Earth.
It is only known that the instance "worthy of the most famous museums of natural history"discovered in Libya in 1998. He became the largest lunar meteorite ever sold at auction
Meanwhile, the hottest auctions broke out for another lot, not less unique than the moon rocks is a piece of the meteorite Seimchan found in Siberia in the 1960-ies passes the Cursor. Fragment of a meteorite with a height of 23 cm interspersed with plenty of them went under the hammer for 43,75 thousands of dollars - 12 times more expensive than its original cost.
At the auction was sold and the only meteorite, which became the official cause of death of the animal. The stone fell to the Ground in 1972 and was drowned cow.
To Supplement this unique exhibit of his private collection, American ed Beardsley paid $ 1375.
According to Darryl pitt, scientific consultant of the auction, meteorites is the oldest material that can touch people.
As a rule, the most serious amounts collectors are willing to pay for samples of lunar or Martian origin, which in the world quite a bit, reminded pitt.
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