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Meteorite worth small fortune of $4,000 on 'Pawn Stars'

'Pawn Stars': Item That's 'Out Of This World' Worth A Small Fortune

On "Pawn Stars," a man named Christopher brought in something that was out of this world ... literally: a meteorite.

Welcome to earth meteorite. Christopher said he found the meteorite on a dry lake in southern California where he regularly goes meteorite hunting. He then sent a small chunk of it over to UCLA for testing and viola, they confirmed it wasn't a rock from earth. Rick was excited to hold something that had traveled billions and billions of miles to our planet, calling it super neat.

Turns out UCLA has "the largest collection of meteorites on the west coast" with over 2,400 samples ... which is a small collection compared to the more than 50,000 meteorites NASA reports have been found on Earth. According to NASA, "[Meteorites are] chunks of rock and metal from asteroids and other planetary bodies that survive their journey through the atmosphere and fall to the ground."

Expert Bob, the owner of a meteorite-recovery lab, was brought in to authenticate it. He saw that a magnet was attracted to the meteorite and concluded, "That rock is older than this planet. That thing was solid before this planet solidified."

He adds, "This is a $4,000 Meteorite."

Bob said that meteorites are rare and what you need to look for are round grains of metal and spheres of silicate to distinguish it from a rock. Luckily for Christopher he struck gold selling it for $2,100. Not bad for something that fell from the sky.

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muffin June 27 2014 at 6:39 PM

As [redacted, the Pawn Star haters are out in force. Yes, all are entitled to their opinions, However, it is a REALITY show.

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muffin muffin June 27 2014 at 6:40 PM

Make that PREDICTED. It is called watching the evening news and not proofing well.

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alfredschrader June 27 2014 at 11:44 AM

Most meteorites are worth thousands. I'd have it checked for radioactivity, though just to be safe.
What's worth considerably more is ET artifacts - up to a billion.
I knew this a long time ago and is why I was searching a sighting area in 2007 Almost got me killed. How ? "They" hunted me down and showed up at my house. Was not a pleasant experience.
I don't care what an ET artifact is worth, it aint worth getting killed over.

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sindfetish June 27 2014 at 11:50 AM

Yea...we toss them around up here all the time...

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corba4.6 sindfetish June 27 2014 at 10:54 PM

yes wish i had some. behind in bills do to bad winter and now the heat. and more bills.

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rncrelac June 27 2014 at 6:44 PM

Your writers misspelled "voila" in the first paragraph as "viola." The first is a French word roughly meaning "look here" or "behold." The second is a stringed instrument.

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I LOVE YOU JENNY June 27 2014 at 8:07 PM


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rothhammer1 June 27 2014 at 8:30 PM

"Traveled billions and billions of miles to our planet?"

Most meteorites found on Earth originate in the 'asteroid belt' which is between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. With Jupiter at less than 500 million miles distance from Earth, their claim is unlikely.

The price also seems high for a chondrite of that size.

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trollinabucket June 27 2014 at 9:21 PM

so as usual the gyping azwypes gave him half of what its really worth....these guys are total scumbags

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adika3z June 27 2014 at 9:42 PM

hey people STOP greeeedy about currencys,..
astroid / comet / meteorie are NOT buy, NOT sell...
bring the space rock to the gem museum show only.

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Vimala Nowlis June 27 2014 at 9:46 PM

The black iron rich meteorite that fell on Mecca a few thousand years ago is the world's most valuabel meteroite ever.
The Arabs thought it's a gift from God and made it the center of worship even before the advant of Islam. Millions of Muslims since have paid homage to it every year as ordered by Mohammud.
Now, that's a valuable meteorite.

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Steve June 27 2014 at 11:13 PM

Are these editors still in school? Since when is $4,000 a small fortune? It costs more than $4,000 for a dental root canal and accompanying crown!

A modest surprising sum for the person, maybe; a fortunate except for a pauper, no!

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stvhndyman Steve June 28 2014 at 3:04 AM

He didn't even get 4K, only got 2100.

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