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Meteorites Auction to Feature Scream Lookalike
September 27, 2012

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An October auction in New York City will offer items that are out of this world.

A Heritage Auctions production will feature a total of 125 meteorites, including a 179-pound iron rock that looks like nothing so much as the painting The Scream. That one, found in the Kalahari Desert many years ago, is expected to bring up to $225,000. The result of atmospheric sculpting during the fiery descent to Earth and subsequent wind and rain erosion over the years, the 18-inch-tall cosmic stone bears a strong resemblance to the iconic Edvard Munch painting.

The meteorite expected to go for the most money is a chunk of the Moon. Such moon rocks are extremely rare on Earth, and the presale estimate is up to $380,000.

Another creatively formed meteorite has a pair of naturally formed holes that look like a mask. That one, made largely of iron, was found by indigenous Namibian tribesmen wielding a metal detector.

Among the other meteorites with entertaining stories is the one that fell through atmosphere and landed on Earth way back in 1492 and, misunderstood, was later tied up in chains in a church so it wouldn't fly back up in the sky.

Most of the meteorites are part of the Macovich collection, a large collection of iron specimens, many of which can be found on display in museums in London, New York, Paris, and Washington, D.C.

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