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A 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite is one of the oldest of its kind in the world and a chunk of this space rock has now become the oldest item ever sold in an auction. But its purchaser is not the first one to be enthralled by a rock from space.
The meteorite cost approximately $18,900. That may seem like a hefty sum, but Sputnik reports the price per gram of the most expensive meteorites can be 40 times more than gold – meteorites are often considered a good investment.
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According to the online auction site Catawiki, the iron meteorite sold in the auction is “exceptionally large” as it weighs 26.5 kg (58 lb.) They claim that its size is “an ideal weight for collection and also offers wide sides for slicing.”
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RT reports that Catawiki had hoped the meteorite would return to its homeland of Sweden, but it was sold by a person in Spain to an individual in Hungary. As Claes Hain of Catawiki told the Swedish newspaper Norra Skane , “Of course, it would have been fun if the meteorite came back to Sweden, but bearing in mind that the seller was in Spain, the stone still comes a bit closer to its native origin.”
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In reality, it is perhaps marginally closer to its native origin, but that is unverifiable, as (of course) it came from outer space with its final formation happening as it seared through Earth’s atmosphere and collided with that much larger rock, all in the unimaginably distant past.
The meteorite was found in 1906 in the Muonio River, outside the village of Kitkiöjärvi in the Pajala...
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