Someone bought a very special rock. Many people may not know that a meteorite from the meteor that created the famous Meteor Crater natural historic landmark site just west of Winslow was recovered and weighs 70 pounds. The artistic-looking meteor just sold at auction for a whopping $237,500 according to contributor, Samantha Mathewson in a recent story on the website. The mostly iron rock was bought at an online auction site.

The crater, also called the Barringer Meteorite Crater, is a massive hole created by an estimated 130-foot diameter meteorite which, after impact became the 70 pound artifact. The impact was said to have had the power of 100 atomic bombs when it occurred 50,000 years ago. The crater created by the impact, according to the article was 570 feet deep and 4100 feet across.

The sale was conducted by Christie’s “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites” online auction.

“While the world’s fascination with meteorites is roaring, the market for sculptural iron meteorites has exploded — and rightly so,” Darryl Pitt, curator of the Macovich Collection of Meteorites in New York City, said in a statement. “Less than two percent of all meteorites are of the iron variety, and less than five percent of those are aesthetic and deservedly regarded as natural sculpture from outer space,” said the article.

Several other meteorites were sold at the auction including one from Mars, one that was extraterrestrial and full of gemstones, and another was on display from the explosion over Michigan in January, which will be sold at another Christie’s auction in April.

Source : Press Release