It is sure to become one of the most expensive dog houses in the world. On April 23, 2019, a meteorite hit the home of Rocky, a German Shepherd who lives in Costa Rica with his owners. Fortunately, the animal inside was not injured, but the doghouse suffered a major impact: a hole of about 15 cm in the roof.
The owners of Rocky had the brilliant idea of putting it up for auction at Christie’s. The expected selling price is amazing: from 200,000 to 300,000 dollars (176,000 to 264,000 euros).
A particularly rare object
“This is a really exciting auction and opportunity for collectors”, says James Hyslop, head of science and natural history at Christie’s. This maisonette is part of a series of auctions entitled Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites which runs until February 23.
“Meteorites are incredibly rare objects; the combined weight of all known is less than the annual gold production. Since an exhibition in Paris featured a famous car hit by a meteorite, I wanted to auction an object hit by an extraterrestrial object too.
Rocky’s doghouse won’t be the only one in the spotlight. “I’m delighted to now be able to offer Rocky’s famous meteorite-impacted niche and its accompanying impactor,” says James Hyslop. The meteorite will indeed also be auctioned and should sell for between 40,000 and 60,000 dollars (35,000 and 52,000 euros). According to the MeteoritesEtBijoux site, the prices of these objects from space are very variable: an authentic piece of lunar meteorite goes from 200 to 300 euros per gram, when the very rare lunar basalts are sold for 1,000 euros per gram.
“Awe and wonder seem to be rare these days, but not when you have an object from outer space in your hand that is older than Earth; an object that delivered the precursors of life to our planet billions of years ago – then billions of years later ended the reign of the dinosaurs and the beginning of humanity”assures Darryl Pitt, curator of the Macovich collection.