A lunar meteorite comprised of six fragments that fit together, puzzle-like, to form a mass weighing slightly over 12 pounds. (RR Auction Photo)
A lunar meteorite discovered in a Northwest African desert in 2017 has sold at auction for $612,500, Boston-based RR Auction announced on Friday.
The rare rock, classified as NWA 11789 and unofficially called “The Moon Puzzle,” is comprised of six fragments which fit together puzzle-like and form a mass weighing about 5.5 kg or 12 pounds.
“The winning bid came from a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex, located in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam,” said Bobby Livingston, executive VP at RR Auction, in a news release. “We are extremely happy and thrilled that this magnificent lunar meteorite will be proudly displayed at this beautiful facility — and this ‘Moon Puzzle’ will certainly inspire students of science for generations to come.”
The meteorite has partial fusion crust visible on one side and is considered the largest known, complete lunar puzzle. It is “perhaps, the most significant example of our nearest celestial neighbor ever offered for sale in the history of meteorite science” the auction item description read.
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