Have you ever wanted to own your very own piece of the moon? You can put it on your mantel, impress your lady with a grand gesture, or just have it around for the bragging rights. For the low price of $340,000, a piece of the moon could be all yours.
The rock, called Dar al Gani 1058 is also the largest piece of the moon ever to be put up for auction, with Heritage Auctions handling the duties. Dar al Gani 1058 is the first moon rock to be put up for an open public auction.
Dar al Gani 1058 was found in Libya in 1998, but scientists are unclear when exactly the meteorite dislodged from the moon and landed on Earth. This is a one-of-a-kind item since the Apollo moon rocks were never for sale, but rather housed at the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Robert Pearlman, editor of collectSPACE.com, said of Dar al Gani 1058:
When it comes to the market for moon rocks, size does matter — but so does origin. For example, three seed-sized pieces of the moon that were brought back to Earth by a Russian robotic probe in 1970 were sold at auction 30 years later for $442,500. And while the moon rocks recovered by the Apollo astronauts are considered National Treasures and have never been awarded to individuals, hypothetical appraisals have suggested even a 1-gram sample could be worth millions.
An anonymous collector put up the lunar rock for auction. The opening bid was $170,000 and the auction will run until October 14th. The meteorite is expected to sell to a museum, but there is a possibility it may go to a private bidder. It all depends on who wants it more.