April 07, 2016

"The only meteorite known to have killed a living thing when it shot through Earth’s atmosphere and landed on a cow is being put up for auction."

Telegraph: In the world's first ever sale devoted exclusively to meteorites, Bonhams is putting 54 lots under the hammer, including the Valera meteorite fragment, which holds the dubious distinction of being the only extra-terrestrial rock to have caused a death. by Sally Peck

'Thirty-five years ago, farmers in Trujillo, Venezuela were startled when they heard a sonic boom.

'The following morning they found a large rock alongside a dead cow, whose neck and shoulder had been "pulverised" by the impact.

'This Sunday's sale, which has drawn interest from celebrity collectors including director Stephen Spielberg and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will see the killer rock on sale next to a Georgia mailbox that sustained a blow from a "Special Delivery" meteorite in 1984.

'One of the highest-profile lots is a chunk of the famous Willamette meteorite, which is expected to fetch as much as $1.3m.'

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