Sold! To the dude with the juicy liver!

May 21, 2008

meteorite-160.jpgBlog Guy, I know you’ve written about big auctions. Two weeks ago I saw photos of a Fukang meteorite that was supposed to go for more than $2.25 million at auction, but it didn’t sell. Why not?

People are savvy these days. Thanks to countless educational horror movies, they know the score. You haul this thing home, but it gets cracked on the way. You leave it in the living room and go up to shower. Meanwhile, the crack gets bigger, and out come some hideous creatures looking to devour human livers, and the first one they go for is yours.

Pretty soon cops come to check out the grotesque screams coming from your house, and of course they become instant liver donors. Your neighbor’s adorable mutt comes in and barks, and she’s history. It turns out the only thing that can stop the creatures is gasoline, but nobody can afford $4 a gallon for that, so your whole town becomes a LIVER-FREE ZONE!

If you don’t want all that on your conscience, don’t buy the Fukang meteorite in the first place.

Related post: Mr. Auctioneer, I’ll do your bidding!

meteorite-360.jpgMarvin Kilgore, owner of the Fukang meteorite, poses for photographs with the meteorite at Bonham’s Auction house in New York, April 30, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Heh, heh heh, nice blogging. Another reason it didn’t sell, besides the liver sucking monsters thatcome out, is because it is made of iron and iron rusts. This was found in the Gobi desert, the dryest place on Earth. Someone buying it doesn’t live in the Gobi desert, but probably LA or New York where humidity is much much higher. In space it was no big deal as think literally last forever there, but on Earth, everything gets old and rusts unless you have state of the art preservation facilities, which take all the fun out of owning it and cost a bundle to keep running for something that size. When it rusts the things they call crystals pop out and the whole thing basically turns into a rusted hulk of junk. Also, the asking price was much too high. The last one that the same auctioneers tried to sell was a dud too, same kinde of palasite and close to the same weight, and a much more interesting aerodynamic shape. They wanted a million dollars for that one, but $200,000 was the highest offer. Which would price this one at about $300,000 taking into consideration collection criteria. It is rumored that the seller (a retired plumber) bought his portion that’s up for sale for over $2million for less that $100,000, a fair price among those who know, for something in the half ton range. Can you imagine buying this thing and then having to move? Honey, have you seen the keys to the fork lift, or even cleaning behind it?

Posted by Boob Hag | Report as abusive

The 425 kg Fukang meteorite fell short of its reserve at 1.75 million last month in New York. However a single one kg slice from the mass sold for $27,000; at that rate the main mass is worth a fortune. It is diamond in the rough as it is largely in its natural form with a perfectly flat surface which acts as a window in to it gemstone speckled interior. The specimen is absolutely stunning; it simply does NOT have any cracks or damage of any kind. For the past 3 years it has been on display in the lobby of the University of Arizona’s Phoenix Science Operations Building, Tucson, Arizona without specialized climate control. The owners, Marvin and Kitty Killgore, are not retired at all. They have been in the business of buying and selling meteorites for more than 18 years. Marvin is a curator at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Meteorite Center. In 2004, after a fierce bidding war, the Fukang meteorite was purchased from the finder for the highest bid. There has been no shortage of “sour grapes” from some of the competitors who lost the bid for this precious meteorite. However, erroneous comments are always masked by fictitious names. The celebrated meteorite hunter, Bob Haag, was not the author of the corrupt blog posted here. Oddly Enough is way to cool for bloggers with an axe to grind.

Posted by kitty | Report as abusive

But what is he looking at?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

The Fukang meteorite is one of the most fantastic meteorites in existence. It did not sell because there was no one in the room that day with millions of $$$$ in their pockets. Sometimes things that should happen do not.I think that they meteorite will be worth more by the day, as the USD $$$ falls into worthlessness.Congrats to Marvin and Kitty, for keeping such a major piece intact.

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