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Kennel hit by meteor could fetch up to $450,000 at auction

Roky's niche that could sell for an exorbitant price thanks to a truly standout feature.


Roky’s niche that could sell for an exorbitant price thanks to a truly standout feature.

This article was originally published on Domain and is republished with permission.

A doghouse that belonged to a German Shepherd named Roky in Costa Rica could sell for the price of an apartment, thanks to a truly standout feature.

The humble wooden and tin structure that housed the very good boy is estimated between NZ$300,000 and 450,000 at Christie’s “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites” to sell.

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.

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“On April 23, 2019 at 9:07 p.m., a German shepherd named Roky had a terrible fright. A meteorite part of a meteor shower of exotic stone charged with organic compounds, crashed into its niche, narrowly missing it,” Christie’s explains.

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

He doesn't seem very happy about needing a new kennel.


He doesn’t seem very happy about needing a new kennel.

“The Aguas Zarcas meteorites are of the same type as those of 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 studying specimens of Aguas Zarcas or waiting to obtain them”.

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.

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


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

They describe how a meteorite that hit a letterbox and ripped it out of its post in Georgia was sold at auction in 2007 for 115,000 Australian dollars (123,000 New Zealand dollars).

But the most famous object struck by a meteorite happened almost immediately after a teenager from Peekskill, New York, bought her grandmother’s old Chevy Malibu for around 550 Australian dollars in 1992. the Malibu was hit by a meteorite and a week later she sold the car for 96,000 Australian dollars. In 2010, it changed hands again for a whopping A$320,000.

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

And Roky will forever leave a mark on space rock.

“The front face of the meteorite is accented by a sienna-colored streak caused by the meteorite passing through the oxidized 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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