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Meteorites for Sale: Meteorite Buying Guides and Auctions

Updated on October 11, 2014
Photo (c) 2004 Doug Bowman
Photo (c) 2004 Doug Bowman

Meteorite Buying Guides, Advice, and Auctions

Meteorites for sale! Get them while they’re HOT!

It won't be long before you hear this wild proclamation from street corners, well at least from your local neighborhood eBay store because meteorites continue to be the hottest trend among collectors and investors.

As meteorite finds become more scarce the price is expected to skyrocket, that is why some of the top meteorite collectors are sitting pretty, and why many people are flocking to meteorite auctions to get on the craze while the prices are still low.

The famous Willamette meteorite discovered in Oregon in 1902
The famous Willamette meteorite discovered in Oregon in 1902 | Source

Four Basic Types of Meteorites - A quick overview

  • Iron Meteorites: No doubt they make the best display item and are the best deal. 5.7 percent of the meteorites observed to fall are irons.
  • Chondrites: Common stony meteorites, they are the kind that are most often observed to fall--85.7 percent. Because they are hard to find, they are quite rare.
  • Achondrites: Extremely rare -- 7.1 percent of falls. These come from the crusts of distant planets including the moon and Mars.
  • Stony Iron Meteorites: both rare (1.5 % of falls) and beautiful. From the core-mantle boundary of an ancient planetoid. The Flickr image in the intro is an example.

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More Info on Meteorite Collecting - Advice from the experts on buying meteorites

Here is a list of buying guides, interviews and other resources to consider before buying meteorites on eBay as a collector or as a gift.

Purchase Meteorite Guides - For those curious to learn more

Meteorite Watches: A Collectible Treasure

Where Do Rolex Meteorite Dials Come From?

If you can't find the time to collect meteorites let someone else do all the hard work and buy a Rolex embedded with meteorites!

This is the ultimate way to say hey, I'm worth it!

All Rolex meteorite dials are made from slices of the Gibeon meteorite which fell to earth some 12,000 years ago in a blistering path 70 miles wide by 230 miles long. This precious meteorite field was discovered in 1836 in Great Namaqualand, Namibia, Africa.

While specimens of the Gibeon meteroite are some of the most common on the market they are still quite rare as the Namibian government has banned the export and sale of this precious material.

The beautiful patterns or "Widmanstatten Figures" are actually two crystallized iron and nickel alloys (Taenite and Kamacite) which cooled and crystallized under precise conditions and temperatures over 4 billion years ago!

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    • stick-man lm profile image

      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      My dad is really into things like this: meteorites, arrow-heads, that kind of stuff. Cool lens.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      Cool, I never thought about collecting meteorites...but that would be something I think would be fun.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I adore fossils.. but I had never thought of the option of buying meteorites before! Blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i am kindly requesting you to assist me to sell my iron meteorite collected in Balambala, north eastern part of kenya on 5th august 2009 , weight 65KG and approximate dimensions of 16.5cm widht.

      a sample was tested in the lab of the mind and geological department of kenya on 22nd marc and h 2010 and was confirmed that is an iron meteorite consisting of

      IRON AS FA 87.8%

      NICKEL AS NI 11.9%

      TITANIUM AS TI 0.31%

      and was issued a certificate.

      i have attached photos of meteorite and the testing certificate from the ministry of environmental and mineral resources of Kenya.

      i can provide asample for test if you require.

      salahdin05@hotmail.com

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      Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      @Heather426: Wow that's awesome - hope they are worth a ton. :) We used to collect petrified wood when we were kids but I don't think I've ever run across a meteorite.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wow, I have tons of meteorites. Have always collected them. Had no idea they were worth money. Thanks!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for you, Rusty. This is so interesting! 5*s

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      JonathanWhite 9 years ago

      I had no idea it was that expensive. Use to sell Rolex with the meteorite dial...$105,000! Now I can see why.

      Layne

      Investing Matters

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      Rusty, I'm putting this on a new feature page for the Mall on Squidoo! Always fabulous stuff- let's try to get you some traffic!

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      Barry Wah Lee 10 years ago from Auckland

      Beautiful ,very nice specimen pictures here too.

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      SalesPractice LM 10 years ago

      Great information. Kudos. 5 Stars :)

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      What a great topic for a lens, I gave you 5 stars. I finished reading your lens with the hope you will give us more in the future. Great job. All the Best, Karen at Karen's Kinkade Art Store

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      ryseup 10 years ago

      And I thought that I had a problem with spending money on useless stuff. Oh well, I guess I'll just add meteorite to the list now too ;)

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      KCStargazer 10 years ago

      Rusty, Splendid stuff simply slips from your stylus onto Squidoo! Your lenses are delightful. 'Tis a pleasure to have you at the Kaleidoscope Group. Lensroll: Meteor Mania!

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      Janet2221 10 years ago

      Congratuations! Your lens has been selected as the Featured Lens of the Week in the Got Something to Sell? group!

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      Aunty_Ellen 10 years ago

      Great lens, but how do they find meteorites? talk about looking for a needle in a haystack.

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      Organic_Skin_Care 10 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Very interesting Lens, and great resources. Thanks!

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      pyrophoenix 10 years ago

      Nice....

      I would have never known that Meteorites were on sale if not for you!

      Maybe its time that I go get my self one of those Meteorites.. What do u say?

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      groovyoldlady 10 years ago

      Ok...Now THIS is interesting! I can see procrastinators coming here to waste time!

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      MeganCasey 10 years ago

      meteorites on ebay! classic. nice lens.