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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Costa Rica Dog Kennel Hit by Meteorite Sells at Christie’s

Although you may not realize it, material from space is regularly falling from the sky. To such an extent that scientists estimate almost 50 tons a day. However a large portion of it either burns up in the atmosphere before it reaches the ground or falls into the ocean. Those pieces that do find land are rarely, if every, found.

It was for this reason that the wood and tin doghouse, complete with a seven-inch hole and who’s claim to fame was that it was hit by a meteorite in 2019 in Aguas Zarcas, was able to be sold at Christie’s auction house for $44,100.

The house, which was part of Christie’s annual “Deep Impact” sale of rare meteorites was hoping to sell for around 200,000 – $300,000 since objects struck by meteorites can command high prices. However, the interest just didn’t seem to be there to justify a price that high.

As was mentioned in a earlier article about the incident, the dog Roky, whose house was destroyed, walked away unharmed ( although a nearby cow was not so lucky).

An interesting side note about the sale was that it actually sold for more then double then the rare meteorite( fragments of natural material from interplanetary space) itself, which was bought for $21,420.

The collecting of meteorites has recently attracted the attention of celebrity collectors, who have raised the price of meteorites almost tenfold over the past decade. A few of the more famous collectors are thought to include the film director Steven Spielberg; the actor Nicolas Cage; the illusionist Uri Geller; the cellist Yo-Yo Ma; and, inevitably, Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX.

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