Space is so hot right now. It landed a starring role in Christopher Nolan's latest blockbuster, has taken to hosting absolutely historic comet landings, and people are even ponying up big money to have their ashes launched up there.
So how can you get in on the action? Easily. Score your very own smokin' hot space relic thanks to Christie's online-only auction featuring some of the most uncommon and remarkable meteorites to ever pass through our atmosphere. And lucky for you, unlike most of the stuff that goes under the hammer at Christie's, a few of these are actually (relatively) affordable.
Deep Impact, as Christie's has so affectionately named the event, includes 30 different specimens, ranging from slices or pieces of more commonly found falling space-rock debris, to confirmed pieces of Mars and the moon that found their way to earth after particularly violent meteoric surface impacts.
There are even a handful of more sculptural pieces, including the above Symchan Meteorite, a beauty of a rock that was initially discovered in Russia in 1967 then subjected to a whole bunch of grinding and polishing to give it the flawless look it has today. Turns out, after-market space art is pretty rad.
The most incredible stuff up for grabs, though, are the chunks of Mars like this unique shiny black number discovered in Morocco in 2011 and nicknamed Black Beauty. It's unusual in that it contains 10-30 times more chemically bound water than other Martian meteorites, and it didn't even tumble or invert as it descended through our atmosphere. Another standout feature? It's expected to fetch up to $100,000.
Don't let that all those zeroes scare you; some in the lot are up for grabs for as little as $600.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He doesn't care what you say about Interstellar, he's going to see it anyway.