Doghouse Gets Struck By A Meteorite… Sells For $44K

The meteor created a seven-inch hole which “marks where the meteorite punctured the roof.”

Credit: Courtesy Christie’s Images

So, back in 2019, a doghouse was pierced by a meteorite fragment — complete with a hole in the roof. On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, it was among the items that sold during an online Christie’s auction of rare meteorites.

The doghouse, the former home of a German Shepherd named Roky, was projected to be the second most valuable item in the annual sale, titled “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites.”

Here’s how it all went down

Before 9:07 p.m. on April 23, 2019, it was just the home of Roky, who was living with its owners in the city of Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica. However, then a meteorite struck it, narrowly missing the dog.

So, what’s it worth?

It had a high estimate of $300,000, but it did not meet expectations, selling for just $44,000. The meteorite itself was not included in the lot, but it was part of the auction, selling for around a third of its high estimate at $21,000.

You’re probably wondering why the doghouse, which is made of pressed wood with a very rusty tin roof, is more valuable than the meteorite itself, right?

“Objects hit by meteorites are extraordinarily rare (as an event it is astronomically unlikely). We are aware of only a handful of these objects in private hands,” explained James Hyslop, head of the science and natural history department at Christie’s, in an email.

Meteorites that fall from space are very rare, too.

According to the Planetary Science Institute, about 500 reach Earth each year, but fewer than 10 are recovered.

Christie’s has been running a meteorite sale every year since 2014. Last year, all 75 lots were sold, with just three of them going for less than the high estimate, raking in a total of $4,351,750.

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Matt Sterner

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