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10 Meteorites You Can Totally Own (if You Have Lots Of Money)

Now you can own a piece of space matter. Fair warning: Space stuff costs a pretty penny...if you have a well filled with them.

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A little recap: Meteorites are space debris that make their way to the Earth's surface.

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They start out as meteoroids, and crossing over into the atmosphere makes them a meteor. It's when they hit a planet's ground that the -ite is affixed. And now, 10 of them that you can actually own:

1. Slice of Imilac Meteorite, Chile, 1822

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Starting bid: $1,300

That amber color is olivine, a crystal material. Now if only it had space mosquito DNA captured in it like in Jurassic Park...

2. Slice of Ensisheim Meteorite, France, 1492

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Starting bid: $1,500

This is part of the oldest preserved meteorite in Europe, which landed in France just weeks after Columbus hit the West Indies.


3. Admire Meteorite Nodule, Kansas, 1881

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Starting bid: $2,000

This may look like expensive tin foil after a Thanksgiving dinner, but it's actually jagged from the collision that shattered its parent asteroid roughly 100 million years ago.

4. Complete Sikhote-Alin Meteorite, Russia, 1947

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Starting bid: $2,200

A few decades ago, a fireball exploded over Siberia, complete with sonic booms in one of the largest meteorite showers in recorded history. This is just one of the iron fragments that rained onto the ground.

6. Lunar Meteorite, Morocco, 2007

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Starting bid: $3,200

Now you can own a part of the moon without all that pesky space travel. It's also the second-largest lunar meteorite in all of the world's known collections.


8. Gibeon Meteorite Sphere, Namibia, 1836

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Starting bid: $4,000

As cool as it would be to have perfectly spherical space matter, this was re-worked into its shape more recently. Fancy space crystal ball, anyone? (Paging Miss Cleo.)

9. End-Piece of Seymchan Meteorite, Russia, 1967

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Starting bid: $48,000

Like the Seymchan above, this one was also formed in an asteroid that went through some hot times. The fragment shattered in a way that has both the internal and external parts of the pallasite.

10. Martian Meteorite, Morocco, 2011

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Starting bid: $65,000

Nicknamed Black Beauty, this whopper from Mars was found in the Sahara not too long ago. It's believed to have formed from (Dr. Evil voice here) magma (Dr. Evil pinkie here) more than two million years ago.