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Kennel hit by meteor could fetch up to $420,000 at auction

A kennel that belonged to a German Shepherd named Roky could sell for the price of an apartment in Brisbane thanks to a truly standout feature.

The humble wood and tin structure that housed the very good boy is estimated between $280,000 and $420,000 (US$2-300,000) at Christie’s “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar, and Other Rare Meteorites.”

You see, in 2019, a meteorite streaked across the sky, streaking through the rainforest of north-central Costa Rica and the town of Aguas Zarcas, directly ripping through Roky’s roof — with the dog still inside.

“On April 23, 2019 at 9:07 p.m., a German Shepherd [sic] named Roky had quite a fright. A meteorite part of a meteor shower of exotic stone charged with organic compounds, crashed into his doghouse, narrowly missing him,” Christies said.

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The meteorite just missed poor Roky, who seems to be fine. (Christies)

Roky’s niche is now forever part of the scientific literature, as this meteor shower is in high demand.

“The Aguas Zarcas meteorites are of the same type as Murchison, among the most studied meteorites of all time,” explains Christie’s.

“These samples not only contain tens of thousands of prebiotics, including amino acids, but also pre-solar grains up to twice the age of the solar system. Today, many cosmochemists around the world study specimens of Aguas Zarcas or wait to obtain them.”

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Although he doesn’t seem very happy to need a new kennel. (Christies)

Usually, meteorites from showers end up landing in the ocean, which covers two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. The other fragments land on earth, usually in remote areas. The force of the impact often sees them buried deep underground.

But the Roky meteorite took a less likely flight path.

Part of a fireball was filmed as it descended, one fragment punctured the roof of a local house and another went straight into Roky’s kennel, ripping a seven-inch hole.

Unfortunately, Christie’s explains that unlike Roky’s family, the neighboring owner will not benefit from any increase in value, but the items are a whole other story.

“Although the few houses hit by the meteorite fall are not worth more when hit, this is not the case with other objects,” the site says.

They describe how a meteorite that hit a mailbox and ripped it off its post in Georgia sold at auction in 2007 for $115,000.

But the most famous object hit by a meteorite happened almost immediately after a teenage girl from Peekskill, NY bought her grandmother’s old Chevy Malibu for around $550 in 1992. The Malibu’s trunk was was hit by a meteorite and a week later she sold the car. for $96,000. In 2010, it changed hands again for the modest sum of $320,000.

Christie’s is also meteor auction responsible for dislodging the pup. The meteorite itself is expected to cost between $56 and $84,000.

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The meteorite (L); The 7 inch puncture in the niche roof caused by the impact (R). (Christies)

And Roky will forever leave a mark on space rock.

“The front side of the meteorite is accentuated by a sienna-colored streak caused by the meteorite passing through the [sic] tin roof of Roky’s Doghouse.”

Meteorites are extremely rare and usually reach our planet from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, but some will come from Mars itself and even from the moon. Although hundreds arrive on Earth every year, it’s unusual for their landing to be seen, let alone recovered.

There are currently 16 offers on the Aguas Zarcas niche and 8 offers on the meteorite. Auctions close on February 23.

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