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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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Space lovers, prepare to feel tingly: Christie's has an auction featuring universe remnants found in all parts of the world.

Via everydaysciencestuff.com

Below are some of the pieces available from "Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites" — and where and when they were found. The online auction ends Nov. 25.

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

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:
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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

Starting bid: $1,300That amber color is olivine, a crystal material. Now if only it had space mosquito DNA captured in it like in Jurassic Park...
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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

Starting bid: $1,500This is part of the oldest preserved meteorite in Europe, which landed in France just weeks after Columbus hit the West Indies.
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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

Starting bid: $2,000This 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.
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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

Starting bid: $2,200A 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.
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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.

5. Dronino Meteorite, Russia, 2000

Starting bid: $3,000Dronino is suspected to have landed in the Ryazan district more than a thousand years ago.
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Starting bid: $3,000

Dronino is suspected to have landed in the Ryazan district more than a thousand years ago.

6. Lunar Meteorite, Morocco, 2007

Starting bid: $3,200Now 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.
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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.

7. Slice of Seymchan Meteorite, Russia, 1967

Starting bid: $6,500This little guy is a pallasite, which are formed in asteroids that experienced melting.
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Starting bid: $6,500

This little guy is a pallasite, which are formed in asteroids that experienced melting.

8. Gibeon Meteorite Sphere, Namibia, 1836

Starting bid: $4,000As 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.)
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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

Starting bid: $48,000Like 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.
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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

Starting bid: $65,000Nicknamed 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.
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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.

You can view the full online auction here.

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