A Boston-based online auction house bid on a rare lunar meteorite Thursday for $ 50,000. But the company estimates it could be for $ 500,000 or more, if bids close on October 18, after the article's post.
There are some reasons why this meteorite could have such a high price.
First, at about 12 pounds, the moon's rock is very large.
"Considering that the average size of a lunar meteorite find is a few hundred grams, the extent of this offer is really impressive," reads the article.
Second, this meteorite comes from the moon but has not been returned by astronauts.
"It's illegal to have a sample of lunar material collected by the Apollo missions on the Moon," said RR Auction.
"This was blown off the surface of our moon in the distant past, probably by the impact of another meteorite, then it traveled the quarter million miles to Earth and survived – despite all adversities – a fiery descent through our atmosphere," said the sentry.
The third reason why it could be sold for a small fortune is that the meteorite is considered "unpaired" which means it is unique.
A meteorite would be considered "paired" if it breaks into different pieces before it hits the earth, landing the pieces in different locations and being discovered separately. This meteorite was not assigned to any other discovery.
"A unique or 'mismatched' meteorite is more desirable to collectors and perhaps more valuable to science, especially in the rare instances where the single find is a very large rock," the article says.
While unpaired, the stone consists of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle – one of his names, The Moon Puzzle.
It is technically designated as NWA 11789. The NWA part of this name stands for North West Africa, where it was found last year in Mauritania. The rock is also known as Buagaba.
According to the Associated Press, Aerolite Meteorites, founded by Star of Television meteorite Men, Geoff Notkin, sells the skirt.
Tenderers should be aware that the specimen is geologically a lunar feldspar breccia and contains absolutely no cheese.