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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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