Editor's note: A previous version of this story had incorrect information on the timing of the auction including the Christie's meteorite. It will be available April 10-17. This story has been updated.
A fiery flash in the sky and subsequent meteorite landing rocked Michigan in January, and a piece of the impact made by this interstellar treasure will be for sale.
Michigan's most recent meteorite is among space items on display at Rockefeller Center in New York City, alongside Christie's "Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites" online auction. The Michigan meteorite will be part of "Sculpted by Nature: Fossils, Minerals and Meteorites," an auction scheduled for April 10-17.
Found in Livingston County by Ashley Moritz of Royal Oak, the meteorite is "covered with black fusion crust with a few small portals providing a peek to this meteorite’s archetypal interior cream matrix. ... Very few specimens have been found; less than 1 kg of material is currently documented," according to Christie's description.
A 13-pound iron meteorite that "originated from the core of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter" from Namibia is also on sale, and resembles Michigan, according to a news release.
Moritz is also credited with uncovering findings from a frozen lake. These meteorites will also join Christie's display, but they are not yet available and will be offered by Christie's in London in the future.
A news release said the meteorites in Christie's collection are estimated to be worth $500 to $250,000.
Macovich Collection of Meteorites curator Darryl Pitt said in a statement: “While the world’s fascination with meteorites is flourishing, the market for sculptural iron meteorites has exploded. Less than 2% of all meteorites are of the iron variety — and less than 5% of those are aesthetic and rightfully considered natural sculpture from outer space.”
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