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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, September 21, 2012

Biggest Moon Rock Has Been Auctioned

Moon RocksThe Dar Al Gani has been sold at auction, and expects to fetch about $340,000. The stone itself is rare because it is a fourth largest moon rock to be auctioned to the public. The value of the rocks is based upon several different factors. The value of the rocks can be based upon where the rocks were found and by who or what found them. For example, rocks found by one of the robotic probes are often found to be more valuable than the lunar meteorites. The reason that these rocks tend to fetch a higher price is because they have historical value. This rock was not found by one of the probes, it was found on the Earth and was brought here by natural forces. 

See Clara Moskowitz, Biggest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned, Dar Al Gani 1058, Couth Fetch $380,000, The Huffington Post, Sept. 18, 2012.

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing these articles to my attention.


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HR 4158 received by Senate today and is certain to become law. It confirms Astronaut ownership in certain NASA artifacts of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs...excluded from this ownership are lunar rocks. Presumably rocks falling from the sky onto private property still vest in the situs owner.


Posted by: Brian J. Cohan | Sep 21, 2012 7:48:21 PM

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