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First Came the Russian Meteor, Now the Meteorite Deals

First Came the Russian Meteor, Now the Meteorite Deals
Photograph by Nasha Gazeta via AP Photo

A meteorite for sale on Avito.ru
Psssst! Want to buy a piece of that meteor that exploded over Russia the other day? Hundreds of vendors will be happy to hear from you. Some of them might even be selling real meteorites.

Avito.ru, the Russian equivalent of Craigslist, has been flooded with ads offering meteorites from Chelyabinsk, site of the dramatic Feb. 15 explosion that injured more than 1,000 people. Listings are also starting to turn up on EBay. Prices range from less than $20, for fragments weighing about 100 grams (a little over 3 ounces), to more than $3,300 for a meteorite described as “the size of an egg.”