Space fans can buy 7 billion-year-old pieces of moon in ‘Deep Impact’ auction

If owning a home feels like a distant impossibility due to the ever increasing property prices, space fans might find comfort in knowing they can now buy pieces of the moon, Mars and more.

The intergalactic pieces include rare chunks of meteorites and space dust that have come from beyond the stratosphere – and don’t cost the Earth.

An online auction is due to kick off on Tuesday February 9, 2021, at Christie’s with 72 meteorites up for grabs.

The space rocks can cost as little as $250 (£182) and have been foraged from debris that has fallen to Earth from the sky.

Christie’s have been whipping up excitement ahead of the sale to attract space fans who want to own a little piece of the universe.

They write: "The weight of every known meteorite is less than the world's annual output of gold and this sale offers spectacular examples for every collector, available at estimates ranging from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Included in the collection is a meteorite containing 7 billion-year-old stardust, space gems encased in iron and the fourth-largest slice of the moon.

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A large chunk of Martian rock, worth an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 [£21,000-36,000] holds bubbles of the planet's atmosphere trapped inside.

James Hyslop, head of science and natural history for Christie's says: "Everyone has an image in mind of how a meteorite 'should look' – an extraterrestrial body frictionally heated while punching through Earth's atmosphere.

"Rarely do the objects survive this fiery descent look like that shared ideal seen in this meteorite.

“It is a wonder to behold and an honor to have been entrusted with its sale."

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Curator Darryl Pitt teased: “If there was ever a time to be awed by the infiniteness of the night sky, we're living in it, but if you want to inspire and see eyes widen — touch a meteorite.”

The rocks have all fallen to Earth following meteor showers and other space rock strikes – with the samples recovered from locations from the Sahara Desert to Chile to Russia.

The auction is due to run until February 21 and those wishing to view the items in person can visit Christie’s in New York where they are being housed.

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