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September 25 2012

Mars fragments and moon rocks on meteorite auction block

If you've ever yearned to own something from out of this world, here's your chance.

On Oct. 14 in Manhattan, fragments of Mars, the moon and asteroids that have fallen to Earth go up for sale, in what auction house Heritage Auctions is billing as the largest public meteorite auction ever held.

More than 125 items are for sale, a number of which have no minimum bid attached.

The growing market for meteorites has driven the emergence of a meteorite prospecting industry in northwestern Africa and Oman, but even as people scour the deserts for meteorites, rocks from space remain among the most rare things on Earth.

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