When a meteorite came crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere a little over a week ago in Russia, we all became aware of the tremendous damage that falling space rock can make. The air-burst caused by the meteor resulted in more than a billion dollars in property damage to the city of Chelyabinsk, not to mention the more than 1,000 people who were injured. Still, one man’s disaster can be another man’s treasure.
As it turns out, there is a very large and very lucrative market for selling meteorite fragments. In fact, numerous online auctions have already opened to sell fragments from of the Chelyabinsk meteor. The largest piece found so far weighs about 1kg and should fetch a hefty price at auction. In fact, last fall two pieces of lunar meteorite sold for $330,000.
If hunting for unidentified falling objects for profit sounds interesting to you, here are something you should know.
Not All Meteors are Equal
For many of us not interested in buying fallen space quarry, one piece of rock is as good as the next. However, the meteor consumer world moves to a different beat. Lunar and Martian meteor tends to fetch a better price than other rocks. Size, shape and weight can also result in different prices. In general, larger rocks will sell better than smaller ones. Rocks with unique stories, like the Chelyabinsk meteor, can fetch prices in the thousands of dollars.
Stuff a Meteor Hits Can Sell Too
Car hit by a meteor? For most of us, we’d turn the title over to the insurance company and buy a new car. A recent meteor auction featured a car that was damaged by falling meteor. Title and busted tail light bulb was included. I couldn’t find news of whether the car actually sold at auction, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.
You Can Sell Meteor in Your Pajamas
The best part about the meteor business? You can sell meteor in pajamas and the comforts of your own home. E-Bay and Craigslist provide sellers access to potential buyers. However, there are meteor-dedicated online markets too.
If you are artistic, meteorite jewelry is also a popular way to market and sell your meteorite.
In summary: should you ever come home to find your home demolished by a volvo-sized meteor, call your insurance company first and a meteor auction second.