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Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the a-lot-of-cheese dept.

Space 49

First time accepted submitter amkkhan writes "One lucky space-lover with some extra cash could become the proud new owner of the largest moon rock ever to be auctioned, according to the auction house Heritage Auctions. The moon rock, known as Dar al Gani 1058, is part of a lunar meteorite that was found on Earth in 1988 and is expected to fetch as much as $380,000 at auction."

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Break it into 1,000 pieces.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408281)

Then you could sell each one for $1,000, appeal to a larger market, and make a shit ton more money.

Re:Break it into 1,000 pieces.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41410849)

I wonder how much an 8-ball of moon rock would go for. How much do you think Cave Johnson would pay for that?

Re:Break it into 1,000 pieces.. (1)

mhajicek (1582795) | more than 2 years ago | (#41413769)

What's sad is that Elvis' underwear is more highly valued.

Wow... (5, Interesting)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408287)

Wow...

"For example, three seed-sized pieces of the moon that were brought back to Earth by a Russian robotic probe in 1970 were sold at auction 30 years later for $442,500," Pearlman told Space.com. "And while the moon rocks recovered by the Apollo astronauts are considered National Treasures and have never been awarded to individuals, hypothetical appraisals have suggested even a 1-gram sample could be worth millions."

I think NASA ought to be working on ways to ship back containers of moon rocks. Their budget woes would be solved!

Re:Wow... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408317)

Moon rocks are only worth so much because they're really hard to obtain. Were NASA (or some other space agency) to flood Earth with moon rocks the price would floor. Same goes for paintings, they are only worth millions because there's only one of each.

Re:Wow... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408407)

You mean that eating a Moon rock doesn't extend your life by 10 years?

Dammit, dammit, dammit! $50k in Moon rocks and $75k in dental work wasted!

Re:Wow... (1)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | more than 2 years ago | (#41409339)

No, turned out that if you ground it up it's pure poison.

Re:Wow... (1)

wallsg (58203) | more than 2 years ago | (#41416841)

No, turned out that if you ground it up it's pure poison.

Darn. When I really want them I have no moderator points.

Re:Wow... (1, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408411)

On the Moon, no-one can hear a "whoosh."

Re:Wow... (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408689)

On the Moon, no-one can hear a "whoosh."

On the Earth, no-one can see a "scam" from De Beers.

NASA should hire De Beers as a consultant, and convince the women of the Earth that their men must buy them Moon Rock rings. Tighten demand and fire up demand with rocket engine thrusters.

NASA would have so much money, that we all would be vacationing in their Las Vegas on Mars resort, really soon!

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41409977)

NASA should hire De Beers as a consultant, and convince the women of the Earth that their men must buy them Moon Rock rings.

I am doing my job as a patriot and a geek, here:

My love for you is like the moon. It moves oceans. It lights up the sky. It guides me through dark times. It may wane, but it always comes back as big and bright as ever. That's why I got you this Lunaring for six months salary.

NB: Don't bring up the fact that 12 guys have previously been all over that. WILL NOT END WELL.

Re:Wow... (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408901)

You'd have a good lengthy window though, where they might be falling in price but still worth more than gold for some decades. Especially if they were attached to important missions, then they gain historical value as well. Say the first mission to set up a moon base in a lava tube also ships back a hundred tons of moon rock, that stuff would have permanent significance. Maybe even get some artisans to work the stone.

Re:Wow... (1)

weakref (2554172) | more than 2 years ago | (#41411999)

Different with paintings. One can not flood Earth with Renoirs and Rembrandts.

Re:Wow... (1)

mhajicek (1582795) | more than 2 years ago | (#41413601)

Ever heard of a photocopier? There are even painting robots that can replicate the brush strokes.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408415)

Wow...

"For example, three seed-sized pieces of the moon that were brought back to Earth by a Russian robotic probe in 1970 were sold at auction 30 years later for $442,500," Pearlman told Space.com. "And while the moon rocks recovered by the Apollo astronauts are considered National Treasures and have never been awarded to individuals, hypothetical appraisals have suggested even a 1-gram sample could be worth millions."

I think NASA ought to be working on ways to ship back containers of moon rocks. Their budget woes would be solved!

Supply vs demand dude...the price of moon rock will fall if a lot of them are on earth

Re:Wow... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408483)

Wow...

"For example, three seed-sized pieces of the moon that were brought back to Earth by a Russian robotic probe in 1970 were sold at auction 30 years later for $442,500," Pearlman told Space.com. "And while the moon rocks recovered by the Apollo astronauts are considered National Treasures and have never been awarded to individuals, hypothetical appraisals have suggested even a 1-gram sample could be worth millions."

I think NASA ought to be working on ways to ship back containers of moon rocks. Their budget woes would be solved!

Supply vs demand dude...the price of moon rock will fall if a lot of them are on earth

Hmm. How about the reverse? What if I charge people for not crashing all of the Moon rocks (7.35E19 tonnes) into the Earth with my giant laser and tractor beam. How much would that be worth? Moon rock collectors would certainly be happy that the value of their collections aren't devalued.

Re:Wow... (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#41410655)

Too many moon rocks will make the prices fall. :(

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41412675)

Some have been loaned out though!

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/09/22/lost-moon-rock-turns-up-in-bill-clintons-gubernatorial-files/

Re:Wow... (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | more than 2 years ago | (#41417081)

It's "Moon rock! Oh wow."

"California Lady..."

"Corn, chicken, green peppers, chilis, *sigh* onions..."

Reasonable (1)

symes (835608) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408289)

If rarity in part determines price then I am surprised this isn't selling for more. I have heard, and I am not sure how true this is, that someone with a rock that fell from the sky broke it up and sold it by the gram - and made a lot more money. One thought though, how can people be sure this is a moon rock? All I am getting is that it was a part of a meteor.

Re:Reasonable (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408617)

The question is whether or not it's "The biggest moon rock ever" or "The biggest moon rock ever to be auctioned"

Re:Reasonable (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408635)

The question is whether or not it's "The biggest moon rock ever" or "The biggest moon rock ever to be auctioned"

No, to see "The biggest moon rock ever" look up into the sky!

meteorite (4, Insightful)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408329)

Calling it a moon rock is kind of cheating, as it's probably been on earth longer than humans have. (uh.. right?)

Moon rock makes me think brought by humans, or something like this. Really neat, though.

Re:meteorite (2)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408333)

>Most left the Moon in the past 100,000 years. After leaving the Moon, most lunar meteoroids go into orbit around Earth and eventually succumb to Earth's gravity.

ok. Not longer than humans

Re:meteorite (1)

Sqr(twg) (2126054) | more than 2 years ago | (#41410963)

Exactly. Don't buy from this frauds!

I, on the other hand, happen have a rock formed by matter that was once ejected in a supernova.

Only $10 000 per gram.

Any takers?

Oops! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408341)

Samzenpus accidentally misspelled rich as lucky...

Re:Oops! (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408351)

Samzenpus accidentally misspelled rich as lucky...

You wanna change this :

"One lucky space-lover with some extra cash ..."

to this :

"One rich space-lover with some extra luck ..." ?

How about (1, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408365)

How about auctioning off the big piece of moon rock that they didn't brink back. That ought to fund space exploration for a long time without having to worry about congress cutting their budget. Of course they would have to do it before someone else (China) lands on it and claims it.

Re:How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408475)

100 countries, the USA and China among them, have already agreed not do that.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty

Re:How about (1)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | more than 2 years ago | (#41409345)

Isn't there a guy in the USA which sells ground on the moon?

Re:How about (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 2 years ago | (#41417443)

There are a few. They sell novelty land titles.

Re:How about (1, Funny)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408625)

Of course they would have to do it before someone else (China) lands on it and claims it.

Sorry, Putin already claimed the moon. He claimed Russian scientists carbon dated a bunch of rocks in Siberia and found a connection with the moon.

Re:How about (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408975)

I heard he is going to dress up like the moon, and orbit around it a few times.

Then he will lead the moon home to it's rightful spot - in the perpetually fog shrouded wasteland below the arctic peaks of Zokov island.

Re:How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408787)

Actually, scams involving selling the moon have been so recurrent throughout history that, in French, it's been turned into an expression.
Politicians are selling the moon to whoever wants to believe them.

that's what people do. They conspire (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408423)

Memorable quotes for
Looker (1981)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082677/quotes [imdb.com]

"John Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? Fifteen years sitting in prison is punishment. But 15 years sitting in front of a television set is entertainment. And the average American now spends more than one and a half years of his life just watching television commercials. Fifty minutes, every day of his life, watching commercials. Now, that's power."

##

"The United States has it's own propaganda, but it's very effective because people don't realize that it's propaganda. And it's subtle, but it's actually a much stronger propaganda machine than the Nazis had but it's funded in a different way. With the Nazis it was funded by the government, but in the United States, it's funded by corporations and corporations they only want things to happen that will make people want to buy stuff. So whatever that is, then that is considered okay and good, but that doesn't necessarily mean it really serves people's thinking - it can stupify and make not very good things happen."
- Crispin Glover: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000417/bio [imdb.com]

##

"It's only logical to assume that conspiracies are everywhere, because that's what people do. They conspire. If you can't get the message, get the man." - Mel Gibson (from an interview)

##

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." - William Casey, CIA Director

##

"The real reason for the official secrecy, in most instances, is not to keep the opposition (the CIA's euphemistic term for the enemy) from knowing what is going on; the enemy usually does know. The basic reason for governmental secrecy is to keep you, the American public, from knowing - for you, too, are considered the opposition, or enemy - so that you cannot interfere. When the public does not know what the government or the CIA is doing, it cannot voice its approval or disapproval of their actions. In fact, they can even lie to your about what they are doing or have done, and you will not know it. As for the second advantage, despite frequent suggestion that the CIA is a rogue elephant, the truth is that the agency functions at the direction of and in response to the office of the president. All of its major clandestine operations are carried out with the direct approval of or on direct orders from the White House. The CIA is a secret tool of the president - every president. And every president since Truman has lied to the American people in order to protect the agency. When lies have failed, it has been the duty of the CIA to take the blame for the president, thus protecting him. This is known in the business as "plausible denial." The CIA, functioning as a secret instrument of the U.S. government and the presidency, has long misused and abused history and continues to do so."
- Victor Marchetti, Propaganda and Disinformation: How the CIA Manufactures History

##

George Carlin:

"The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

You know what they want? Obedient workers people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they're coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club.

This country is finished."

##

We now return you Americans to your media: Corporate, Government sponsored and controlled (rigged) elections..

Most of you are all so asleep it's time you woke up!

All fun and games... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408673)

This selling moonrock business is all fun and games until NASA comes along and says all your moonrock are belong to us.

I want to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41408717)

how it got here.

Largest? (3, Funny)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408785)

Pretty sure the largest moon rock ever is still in orbit.

Moon rock (1)

david0019 (2735911) | more than 2 years ago | (#41408941)

After few years there can't be any value of moon rock b'coz our scientists will make any idea for trip to moon..lol...lot's of Hope!!!!

Re:Moon rock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41413209)

You speak like a fucking retard.

Re:Moon rock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41415795)

Us fucking retards are offended by that comparison.

one would expect from /. (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 2 years ago | (#41409191)

one would expect from /. at least to put the stuff that matters the most in the summary. But no... Instead, the price. Who cares?

"The rock, which weighs in at 4 pounds"

Re:one would expect from /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41411451)

Because Slashdot is all about the dollars anymore. It's not about the science and technology.

Provenance? (1)

ckaminski (82854) | more than 2 years ago | (#41409683)

How the hell can anyone say with any amount of certainty where a meteorite come from?

Re:Provenance? (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#41409869)

I am not a geologist (INAG?), but there are a few things I thing are accepted. Precise chemical composition, presence of certain compounds, and microscopic or crystaline) structure, whch IIRC devels differently under different temperature (of course), and gravity environments.

Re:Provenance? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41409881)

It's called science, you might have heard of it, even as an American.

Whoever buys this is gonna be pissed... (1)

newspapercrane (1821690) | more than 2 years ago | (#41410091)

Whoever buys this is gonna be pissed in a few years when we've got people living on the moon.

Moon Rock! *snigger* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41410923)

"I found moon rock in my nose!"

$380,000 (1)

rush,overlord,rush! (1995452) | about 2 years ago | (#41460029)

Anyone interested in this number? 1$ for 1km, 380000km is about the distance from the Moon to the Earth. Standard of space-shipping?
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