‘Extraterrestrial crystal ball’ hits the auction block at Christie’s

Dozens of ancient meteorites — some stony, some iron, some studded with glittering extraterrestrial gems or holding stardust that’s billions of years old — are now up for auction at Christie’s. 

Many of these rare space rocks were once part of the moon, while others came from Mars or broke off of asteroids orbiting in the belt between Mars and Jupiter. These meteorites from landing sites across Earth are part of the auction “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites,” held online from Feb. 5 to Feb. 23.

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