When the Fukang meteorite came soaring through the Earth’s atmosphere and crashed on the ground, it showed little sign of beauty. Then they opened it.
Undoubtedly the world’s most amazing meteorite landed was found China in 2000. It crashed into a mountain range near Fukang, China, which is where it earned it name.
Though the outside of the rock looked less than impressive, when broken into it revealed a phenomenal sight. It’s a type of stony–iron meteorite with olivine crystals, known as a pallasite. It’s estimated to be 4.5 billion years old.
Part of it, weighing 31 kilograms (68 pounds) is on show at the University of Arizona. Marvin Killgore is said to hold an additional section of the same weight.
In April 2008, Bonhams, which is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques in London, offered the main mass of the Fukang meteorite for sale.
The stone for sale in London was polished and presented in a beautiful way which allowed a better view into the gem areas of the Fukang meteorite;
It was expected to fetch $2,000,000, but the piece didn’t get any bids and remains unsold.