A doghouse from Costa Rica that was hit by a meteorite will be sold at Christie’s auction, and the cost of the dilapidated kennel is estimated at $ 300,000.
A meteorite fell into a four-foot kennel in April 2019 with a frightened resident, a German Shepherd named Rocky, inside.
He was uninjured when space debris broke through his tin roof.
A family that lives in the rainforest of north Central Costa Rica, in the city of Aguas Zarcas, has preserved the wood and tin structure and is now selling it.
“A seven-inch hole is marked where the meteorite hit the roof,” Christie’s description reads.
“The heavily weathered wooden floor was destroyed by the meteorite impact, and the rotten wooden support columns were replaced.”
The Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites online auction will run until February 23rd.
The cattery’s expected price is $200-$300,000, but as of Tuesday evening, only 16 bids had been submitted, with a maximum bid of $1,600.
A three-inch-by-three-inch meteorite that hit the house is also up for sale, priced at $60,000.
A family from Costa Rica with their German Shepherd Rocky and their meteorite-damaged dog house.
The doghouse is currently up for sale for $300,000.
A roof-breaking meteorite made of carbonaceous chondrite is also up for auction, priced at $60,000.
According to Christie’s, the meteorite is composed of carbonaceous chondrite.
“This meteorite is 70 percent covered in a melt crust as a result of its fiery fall through Earth’s atmosphere,” according to the auction house.
“Regmaglypts (fingerprint-shaped depressions, another aerodynamic artifact) are also present.
“There are fractures in the upper right corner, upper left corner and in the opposite direction. CAIs (calcium and aluminum inclusions) have been found in the cracks, the most ancient matter that humanity can touch.”
The stone also shows signs of its crushing ending, as it shocked Rocky by landing at his house.
The dog house is presented on a specially made stand.
“Combined with custom fittings, the meteorite’s front surface is adorned with an ocher-coloured stripe caused by the passage of the meteorite through the oxidized tin roof of Rocky’s Doghouse.”
James Hyslop, Head of Science and Natural History at Christie’s, said: “This is a truly exciting auction and an opportunity for collectors.
“Meteorites are incredibly rare objects; the total weight of all known meteorites is less than the annual production of gold.
“Ever since a car hit by a meteorite was presented at an exhibition in Paris, I wanted to put up for auction an object that was hit by an extraterrestrial object.”
The most expensive of the 66 lots is the third largest chunk of Mars currently on Earth, which is valued at $800,000 with a starting bid of $400,000.
Moonstone is available with an estimated value of $300,000.
Also up for auction is a beautiful “rare lunar sphere” that was found in the Sahara and is valued at $25,000, and a striking “out-of-this-world chrysolite” valued at $15,000.
This “rare lunar orb” is up for sale for $25,000.
The Valera meteorite crashed to Earth in Venezuela in 1972, killing a cow – the only known meteorite fatality.
The most eerie is the Valera meteorite, which is described as the cause of “the only documented death by a meteorite.”
A cow died in 1972 when a rock fell to Earth in Venezuela.
“That night, an unscheduled steak dinner was cooked up and a sky boulder was used as a door stop,” Christie’s said in a statement.
Hislop said meteorites were rare and he was glad the doghouse was among the offerings.
“There aren’t many, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer Rocky’s famous meteor-impacted doghouse and the impactor that came with it,” he said.