CASH IN THE ATTIC: Are there forgotten treasures gathering dust in your home? TOBY WALNE has the low-down on what they could be worth
- Rock collectors are occasionally lucky enough to find bits of the Moon
- But even a bit of meteorite could fetch you a few hundred pounds
- Here’s what to do if you discover a piece of unusual rock
Moon rock picked up by a Russian space probe in 1970 was recently sold for $855,000 – £670,000 – at auction.
The three small fragments, sold together, were no more than two inches long and had been bought by the seller 25 years earlier for $442,500.
Rock collectors are occasionally lucky enough to find bits of the Moon that arrived on Earth as a result of outer space collisions, but you are more likely to discover a bit of meteorite.
A 2.5-gram finger nail-sized piece of the Barwell meteorite that fell in a Leicestershire village on Christmas Eve in 1965 now changes hands for £200.
That’s astronomical! Moon rock picked up by a Russian space probe in 1970 was recently sold for $855,000 – £670,000 – at auction
A half-inch fragment of the 25kg Wold Cottage meteorite that alarmed people in East Yorkshire on December 13, 1795, can sell for £250. Such pieces of rock have increased in value because of their auspicious history.
If you find an unusual rock and wonder if it may be of value – a piece of meteorite can look like slag metal – contact the Natural History Museum.
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Ker-ching! If you find an unusual rock and wonder if it may be of value – a piece of meteorite can look like slag metal – contact the Natural History Museum.
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