posted on Apr, 3 2013 @ 02:33 AM
Not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but as it's about an old meteorite I guess that the "space exploration" forum would be the best.
Spanish farmer Faustino Asensio Lopez had no idea the rock he'd used for more than three decades as a ham press when curing meat was
extraordinary. He'd found the metallic 18-by-12.5-by-8 hunk in a field in 1980, while tending livestock with his dad, and pressed it into service. He
assumed it was military scrap, left there during wartime. But in 2011, after seeing a TV report about meteorites, he had the thing tested. Sure
enough, it turned out to be a pre-historic metallic meteorite, cast off from an asteroid or comet, worth about $5.3 million. Now, we imagine, he can
splurge on a top-of-the-line ham press – and someone to cure the meat for him, too
This metallic meteorite is the fourth of its kind discovered in Spain after Quesa (Valencia, 1898), Colomera (Granada, 1912) and La Almunia (Zaragoza,
A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an asteroid or a comet that survives impact with the Earth's surface.
According to the experts, Mr Lopez's meteorite dates back to prehistoric times.
Lopez, who officially owns the meteorite with his brother Ramon, told Spanish news agency EFE on Thursday they are weighing up whether to put it
up for sale.
They told journalists they realised there was a worldwide market for meteorites and that an offer could be made online.
But they stressed they 'would not be making a final decision in the next few days' and have not ruled out keeping it for the family.
The pair have already been contacted by possible purchasers in Spain and abroad.
As they wait for the offers to flood in, the brothers have said they will keep it hidden in a safe place, where it will remain until they decide what
Wow! More than 90kg/198lb!! This meteorite worth more than 90kg of pure gold....(+/-4.000.000$)
edit on 3-4-2013 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)