How meteorite sellers become millionaires – the real story

Meteorites are any objects from outer space that fell to Earth. You might think that this happens very rarely, but no – scientists believe that up to 6 tons of meteorites fall on the surface of our planet every day, and this is not a typo. Depending on the size, appearance, age and composition, these stones can be worth a lot of money. The most expensive meteorite in the world is called Fukang – it was found in 2000 in China. Based on the fact that it weighs more than 400 kilograms and consists of particles of the mineral olivine,its cost was estimated at $ 2 millionBased on this, it turns out that searching for meteorites is a very profitable business. So it is not surprising that dozens of people on Earth devote their whole lives to this matter. And yes, they earn millions of dollars.

How meteorite sellers become millionaires - a true story. Finding meteorites can make a person a millionaire, but it is too dangerous a job. Photo.

Finding meteorites can make you a millionaire, but it's too dangerous a job

Contents

  • 1 Meteorite Hunter
  • 2 Treasure Hunt in the Real World
  • 3 How many meteorites are there on Earth
  • < li>4 How much can you earn from meteorites

  • 5 How and where to sell a meteorite

Meteorite hunter

The most famous meteorite hunter isMike Farmer. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, and has been interested in space rocks since 1995. In an interview with National Geographic, he said it all started with something he bought at a local trade show. This topic interested him so much that he subsequently began traveling to different countries in the hope of finding the rarest specimens worth a lot of money.

Meteorite Hunter. Meteorite Hunter Meteorite Hunter Mike Farmer. Photo.

Meteorite Hunter Meteorite Hunter Mike Farmer

In total, he visited about 70 countries, with the largest number of trips to Africa. The fact is that it is easiest to find meteorites in the Sahara and other deserts. There are no trees or buildings, and often the dark stones stand out against the light sand. He usually goes to countries after reports of a meteorite fall – he calculates the approximate location of the fall and conducts searches in this area. During this time, meteorites do not have time to hide under layers of sand.

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Treasure hunt in the real world

According to the asteroid hunter, this is a very dangerous activity. The fact is that during his searches he happens to be in not the most friendly places. For example, in 2011 he went to the Arabian Peninsula, on the territory of the state of Oman. Therehe was caught and imprisonedfor “illegal mining activities.” During his month in prison, he lost a lot of weight, but then was able to prove that searching for meteorites is not the same as mining. Having proven his innocence, he was released.

Treasure hunt in the real world. Mike Farmer even went to prison for his activities. Photo.

Mike Farmer was even imprisoned for his activities

Also in 2011, he visited Kenya several times. During the third trip, he was abducted – the man stood with a bag over his head, a machete was held at his throat, and a gun was put to his head. After beating them, the criminals decided not to kill them, but simply take all their valuables and leave. And Mike Farmer, of course, had plenty of valuable things.

Real world treasure hunt. Africa is the easiest place to find meteorites, but also the easiest place to find problems. Photo.

Africa is the easiest place to look for meteorites, but it’s also easy to find problems there

How many meteorites are there on Earth< /h2>

Meteorite hunter believes that there are millions of different meteorites lying on the Earth right now.Among them there are those that cost millions of dollars. But people were only able to find a few hundred thousand samples. This is because space rocks rarely fall in open areas. Most meteorites lie deep in the jungle, and some fall into the oceans. People are unlikely to ever find them.

How many meteorites are there on Earth. The difficulty of finding meteorites is also that they are difficult to distinguish from ordinary stones - expertise is needed. Photo.

The difficulty of finding meteorites is also that they are difficult to distinguish from ordinary stones – expertise is needed

In addition to Mike Farmer, there are other people in the world who search for meteorites. According to him, there are only about 20 professionals in this matter. But there are also those who get down to business only if news appears about a meteorite falling at a concert place – there are hundreds of such people. strong>

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How much can you earn from meteorites

Mike Farmer makes millions of dollars selling rare meteorites. Once, while in the Middle East, he found a meteorite originally from the Moon – it was literally a part of the earth's satellite that broke off and fell on our planet. A couple of weeks after the discovery, he sold it for $100,000.It is important to note that this specimen was tiny, about the size of a walnut.

How much can you earn from meteorites. An example of a lunar meteorite. Photo.

An example of a lunar meteorite

The man considers the best find to be a meteorite weighing 53 kilograms, which was found in Canada. It was pallasite, a space rock that has an iron-nickel base interspersed with the mineral olivine. At the beginning of the article, we mentioned the expensive Fukan meteorite, which has the same composition. The sample found by Mike Farmer was 4.5 billion years old. It was sold to the Canadian government fora million dollars.It is now on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and is considered a national treasure.

How much you can earn on meteorites. An example of the pallasite meteorite. Photo.

An example of a pallasite meteorite

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How and where to sell a meteorite

Mike Farmer does not have a separate meteorite store. He sells them at exhibitions, or collectors and museum representatives contact him by phone – today he is a very famous person. Sometimes, to sell a rare meteorite, a couple of calls are enough for him, because this market is very narrow, and some people are ready to immediately buy a rare specimen.

How and where to sell a meteorite. Mike Farmer is a celebrity in collecting circles. Photo.

Mike Farmer is a celebrity in collecting circles

In Russia you can also buy a meteorite, and usuallythis is done through message boards.We have several articles on this topic, and the most popular of them is “What kinds of meteorites are there and how much do they cost?” Also, be sure to read the material “How much do the rarest meteorites cost and where to buy them?”

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Searching and selling meteorites is an interesting, but at the same time dangerous activity. When traveling to other countries, you need to familiarize yourself with local laws – in some countries everything is very strict with this.


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