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Meteorites could be worth big bucks

Washington, Feb 16: As Russia assesses the damage from the meteorite shower that rained down Friday on the central region of the country, experts in the US said the fragments of space rock could bring

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Updated on: February 20, 2013 22:42 IST

One of the largest sales on record came from a 1.9 kg moon rock called the Dar al Gani 1058, found in Libya in 1998 and sold last year at an auction in the US for $330,000.

A 161 kg meteorite found in Argentina and believed to have come from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter sold for $93,000 on eBay in 2006.

Anyone who finds what they think is a meteorite should have it assessed by an expert, said Gutheinz, and in order to sell it, they should first get a certificate that documents the authenticity.

"Most of the time, eBay would be a good place to sell, but if you have a large rock you'd want to go to an auction house, and they're going to want to know where it was, and they would require independent analysis," he said.

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