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Meteorites

Dazzling the eye as they shoot across the sky, meteorites are the closest many of us will get to holding space in our hands. Meteorites are bits of rock and ore that are the remainders of asteroids reduced to rubble. Though they have fallen to Earth for centuries, their study, along with the enthusiastic witnessing of their descent, is much more recent.

Meteoroids enter Earth's atmosphere regularly, causing dynamic streaks of flame as they dart across the sky. Many of these meteoroids fail to reach the Earth's surface because they disintegrate due to heat and force long before impact with the planet is possible. Meteorites are the rare few of these projectiles that are massive enough to make contact with the Earth. These meteorites make for a particularly beautiful display across the sky while also allowing for the examination and conservation of these objects.

The study of meteorite samples developed primarily in the 20th century. Prior to this era, few meteorites had been documented. Today, meteorites are used universally as a means of understanding the composition of asteroids and other space bodies. They are also coveted items for collectors.


Quick Facts

  • Meteoroids glow in the night sky due to the high heat of friction caused as they hurtle through the atmosphere
  • One of the largest meteorites on record is the more than 15 ton Willamette Meteorite, discovered in Oregon in 1902
  • The mineral makeup of a meteorite can help reveal its origins. Iron meteorites typically derive from an asteroid's core, while stony meteorites probably come from an asteroid's surface

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METEORITES 3 GRAMS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
METEORITES 3 GRAMS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$103 Bids
Authentic Meteorite Discovered in Argentina in 1576 AD
Dec 10, 7:00 PM EST
Authentic Meteorite Discovered in Argentina in 1576 AD
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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Campo del Cielo Iron Meteorite--Complete Individual
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Campo del Cielo Iron Meteorite--Complete Individual
by Bonhams
Est: $300- $500
$3001 Bid
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Canyon Diablo Meteorite--Complete Individual
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Canyon Diablo Meteorite--Complete Individual
by Bonhams
Est: $700- $1,000
$7001 Bid
TWO STONEY METEORITES, CARBONATIOUS CHRONDITES, MOROCCO
Dec 08, 2:00 PM GMT
TWO STONEY METEORITES, CARBONATIOUS CHRONDITES, MOROCCO
by Curated Auctions
Est: £150- £200
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Mondmeteorit
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
Mondmeteorit
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €40,000- €60,000
€40,0000 Bids
131 gram Petrified Plant Burl or Meteorite - ????
Dec 14, 5:00 PM EST
131 gram Petrified Plant Burl or Meteorite - ????
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
Authentic Meteorite - Space Rock Campo Del Cielo, Argentina Discovered 1576 AD
Dec 12, 5:00 PM EST
Authentic Meteorite - Space Rock Campo Del Cielo, Argentina Discovered 1576 AD
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
Campo del Cielo Meteorite Collection - 4 Meteorite Fragments - Unique Item!!
Dec 12, 5:00 PM EST
Campo del Cielo Meteorite Collection - 4 Meteorite Fragments - Unique Item!!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
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Tissint Meteorite from Mars--Complete Individual
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Tissint Meteorite from Mars--Complete Individual
by Bonhams
Est: $800- $1,400
$8000 Bids
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Seven Agoudal and Three Canyon Diablo Iron Meteorites--Complete Individuals
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Seven Agoudal and Three Canyon Diablo Iron Meteorites--Complete Individuals
by Bonhams
Est: $500- $700
$5000 Bids
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Brahin Pallasitic Meteorite--Complete Slice
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Brahin Pallasitic Meteorite--Complete Slice
by Bonhams
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,0000 Bids
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Brenham Pallasitic Meteorite--Complete Slice
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Brenham Pallasitic Meteorite--Complete Slice
by Bonhams
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$4,0000 Bids
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Campo del Cielo Meteorite--Complete Individual
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Campo del Cielo Meteorite--Complete Individual
by Bonhams
Est: $700- $900
$7000 Bids
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Large Campo del Cielo Iron-Nickel Meteorite--Complete Individual
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Large Campo del Cielo Iron-Nickel Meteorite--Complete Individual
by Bonhams
Est: $800- $1,200
$8000 Bids
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Canyon Diablo Meteorite
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Canyon Diablo Meteorite
by Bonhams
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,0000 Bids
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Very Large, Rare Dronino Meteorite
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Very Large, Rare Dronino Meteorite
by Bonhams
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$5,0000 Bids
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Fukang Pallasite--Partial Slice
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Fukang Pallasite--Partial Slice
by Bonhams
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$2,5000 Bids
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Aesthetic Iron Meteorite--Complete Individual
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Aesthetic Iron Meteorite--Complete Individual
by Bonhams
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$8,0000 Bids
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Lunar Meteorite NWA 8599 Section with Black Shock Veins
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Lunar Meteorite NWA 8599 Section with Black Shock Veins
by Bonhams
Est: $1,000- $1,300
$1,0000 Bids
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Muonionalusta Meteorite Slab with Two Troilite Inclusions--'Caspar the Friendly Ghost'
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Muonionalusta Meteorite Slab with Two Troilite Inclusions--'Caspar the Friendly Ghost'
by Bonhams
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,5000 Bids
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Muonionalusta Meteorite--Endpiece
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Muonionalusta Meteorite--Endpiece
by Bonhams
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$6,0000 Bids
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Large Muonionalusta Iron Meteorite--Complete Slice
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Large Muonionalusta Iron Meteorite--Complete Slice
by Bonhams
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$5,0000 Bids
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Sericho Pallasitic Meteorite--Cubic Sculpture
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Sericho Pallasitic Meteorite--Cubic Sculpture
by Bonhams
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Meteorites


Bonhams

Bonhams

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Hampel Fine Art Auctions

Hampel Fine Art Auctions

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer