NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - A meteorite that likely began millions of years ago in the asteroid belt, hit the surface of the moon and landed on Earth is going up for auction.
The six-piece, 12-lb. 'Moon Puzzle' was found in Mauritania. It is expected to fetch at least $500,000.
"This is one of the larger lunar meteorites that's ever offered for sale," said expert Geoff Notkin, Meteorite hunter and CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, Inc. "It's a bargain."
Part of the surface of the rocks is burned.
"It's been super-heated in our atmosphere as it crashed toward the surface of the Earth," said Notkin.
All six pieces are being auctioned at RRAuction.com.
"It's the rarest material in existence on our planet. Diamonds and emeralds are common compared to lunars," said Notkin.
The last day to bid is Oct. 18.