This auction is out of this world. No, not really.

After an indispensable journey through time and place, a large gray rock fell to the ground, and landed in the Sahara. No one has seen it fall, and no one knows how long it lay in the soil before the nomadic people were discovered three years ago.

James Hyslop, head of science and natural history at Christie & # 39; s, plans to sell the stone at the next meteorite auction, temporarily planned later. This month.

It's part of the moon, and her recent trips here on Earth – from Northwest Africa to Christie's & # 39; s in New York, where he and more than 40 other meteorites are expected to be part of the sale – show market trends. rare and exotic class of collections: rocks from the outside.

"The number of collectors is really increasing," Mr. Hyslop says, "but not the number of meteorites."

Some of them – who are remembered for their portraits of Henry Moore and Umberto Boccioni and Alberto Giacometti – were auctioned off by Phillips in 1995 that helped the eyes of the market. Mr. Pitt later became a consultant to Bonhams, Heritage and Christie & # 39; s when these auction houses entered the meteorite market. Many meteors are at Christie's auction.

Craig Kissick, director of nature and science at Heritage in Dallas, said "These items will be considered for their excellent quality as well as their value based on their scientific significance," said Craig Kissick, director of Nature and Science. science at Heritage in Dallas, which sells several hundred meteorites every year. through weekly auction and sale. Its highest sales rose $ 300,000. "We are pleased that there is an active market of meteorites for several hundred thousand dollars."

That's the number of Sahara meteorite which is the marquee attraction at Christie's auction, with the exact range being $ 300,000 to $ 500,000. It weighs three pounds and looks like a dark moon, but it didn't fall off the ground. It was once part of a giant moon that exploded into an asteroid earthquake that collapsed when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and spread hundreds of miles of what astronauts call "massive invasions" in Mauritania, the Sahara and Algeria.

Since its discovery in 2017, the stadium has, according to Mr. Pitt, nearly double the size of Earth's spacecraft in space, stands at 1,500 pounds. (From 1969 to 1972, NASA's Nrootrouts restored 900 pounds of spacecraft, making it illegal for private citizens to own.