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Buy a Meteorite for a Million Dollars

Christie's is holding a blockbuster auction featuring rocks and gems from outer space—plus actual pieces of Mars.

You know you’re in a niche market when your inventory has to survive a 160,000-mph entry through the earth’s outer atmosphere.

“It’s interesting how you price meteorites,” said James Hyslop, a specialist at Christie’s London who’s organized an April 20 sale of 76 meteorites, pointing to meteorites’ scarcity and the fact that available stock is only occasionally replenished (the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor explosion over Siberia added significantly to available material). “It can really be quite difficult.”