Site Auctioning Biggest Moon Rock Ever Sold
Meteorite is expected to fetch $340K
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2012 2:39 PM CDT
A view of the moon rock up for auction.   (Heritage Auctions)

(Newser) – Heritage Auctions is currently taking bids on the biggest moon rock ever to come up for auction—a glittering 4-pound slab of meteorite from the highland breccias on the far side of the moon, Space.com reports. The rock, which is called Dar al Gani 1058, is expected to fetch at least $340,000. That may sound like a lot, but it would be even higher if the rock weren't a meteorite, experts say; collectors prefer rocks retrieved by men, or man-made robots, which have added historical value.

Whatever the final price, Ian Chant of GeekOSystem is hoping a museum winds up paying it, rather than a rich collector who'd put it in mothballs. "Putting this in a private collection isn't even respectable villainy," he writes. "It's cartoonish, Disney-grade villainy. Owning a moon rock won't make anyone fear you, or think you're cool or powerful. It will just make them think you are a buffoon with way more money than class."

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myflap.blow
Sep 21, 2012 12:32 AM CDT
too late- Mitt just bought it. He said he wanted a pet that wouldn't mind being strapped to the car roof.
WarmWeatherGuy
Sep 20, 2012 4:09 PM CDT
If I owned the rock I would give it to people with a better education (than mine) so they can learn something from it. If you're going to just have something for tourists to look at why can't it be a replica?
finkster
Sep 20, 2012 2:56 PM CDT
"Ian Chant of GeekOSystem is hoping a museum winds up paying it, rather than a rich collector who'd put it in mothballs" Most "rich collectors" are the ones to donate these kind of things to museums Museums very rarely pay for them...