12-Pound Moon Chunk Sells for No Small Amount

Buyer agrees to fork out $612K
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2018 12:00 PM CDT
A 12-pound lunar meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa in 2017 rests on a table, in Amherst, NH.   (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)

(Newser) – A 12-pound chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000, the AP reports. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam. RR predicted it would get $500,000 at auction.

The meteorite was found last year in a remote area of Mauritania in northwest Africa. It is considered one of the most significant lunar meteorites ever found because of its large size and because it has "partial fusion crust" caused by the tremendous heat that sears the rock as it falls to Earth.

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