Muonionalusta meteorite: The oldest item ever sold on earth!

Inventions 15 Mar 2021 Contributor
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Muonionalusta meteorite

In our childhood, we used to get fascinated by the ‘falling star’. Growing up we came to know that those falling stars are nothing but a meteorite. These meteorites do not belong to the earth and actually from outer space. They are geologically and historically of great importance. Recently, one chunk from a meteorite called the Muonionalusta meteorite was auctioned in 2017 and this object dates back to some 4.5 billion years. It made it to be the oldest item ever sold on earth!

What are meteorites and where this meteorite was found?

Meteorites are part of the outer space debris that reaches earth or other planets or their moons after passing through their atmosphere. This debris comes from a comet or asteroid and due to friction and chemical interaction with the atmospheric gasses, only a part of them survive and manage to reach the surface of the planet. Mankind has always been fascinated by the shooting star or falling star and also with the meteorite object that reaches the earth. For example, scientists say Pharaoh Tutankhamun had a dagger made of meteorite iron.

The Muonionalusta meteor was found in 1906 in the Muonio river in Sweden and hence the name. Up to now, 40 pieces of that meteor have been found and most of them ended up in museums in Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, and Chicago. This particular meteorite is iron-type or in other words full of iron ore.

Muonionalusta meteorite auction

This exceptionally large meteorite piece weighing 26.5 kg (58 lb) was auctioned through the online auction site Catawiki and was sold at approximately $18,900. According to the report, this piece costs 40 times more than gold in comparison with the price per gram but is considered a good investment. It was in the possession of a person in Spain and was sold to an individual in Hungary. Though the site hoped this piece of Muonionalusta meteorite to return to its homeland Sweden. t did not happen in reality except moving a bit closer to its native origin.