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Kennel hit by meteorite goes up for auction

A piece of the Moon that Christie’s auctioned off.

A rare meteorite auction at Christie’s on Wednesday sold a rock from outer space that narrowly missed a German shepherd when it crashed into his kennel in Costa Rica.

But the offer of the third largest piece of Mars on Earth did not have an impact on the annual sale of unusual house meteorites.

The buyer paid $21,420 for the three by 1.5 inch (eight by four centimeters) carbonaceous chondrite stone that landed in the garden of dog owner Roky’s home in Aguas Zarcas in April 2019.

The wooden and pewter niche itself, with a seven-inch hole marking where the broke the roof, sold separately for $44,100, Christie’s said.

This was far less than the pre-sale estimate of between $200,000 and $300,000.

A bidder paid $189,000 for a piece of moon rock discovered in Morocco in 2007, below pre-sale estimates of up to $300,000.

Another slice of the Moon – found in Mauritania’s Sahara Desert – fetched $69,300 in the two-week online sale that ended on Wednesday.

It was a disappointing bid for Mars, however. The 20-pound (9.1 kg) Martian rock had been valued between $500,000 and $800,000, but failed to find a buyer.

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