Michigan meteorite from January up for auction at Christie’s

By Aleanna Siacon
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — 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 is for sale online.

Michigan’s most recent meteorite is among 44 space items on display at Rockefeller Center in New York City as part of Christie’s “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites” online auction.

The sale will end Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST.

A 13-pound iron meteorite that “originated from the core of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter” from Namibia resembles Michigan according to a news release.

Findings from a frozen lake uncovered by enterprising meteorite hunter, Ashley Moritz of Royal Oak, also join Christie’s display. However, these meteorites 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 will go from $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 percent of all meteorites are of the iron variety — and less than 5 percent of those are aesthetic and rightfully considered natural sculpture from outer space.”


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