An extremely rare lunar meteorite – consisting of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle – was sold for $ 612,500, reports the US RR auction. The meteorite is classified as NWA 11789, lunar feldspar breccia, unofficially known as "Buagaba" or "The Moon Puzzle". Discovered last year, it was blown up in the distant past by the surface of the moon, probably by the impact of another meteorite.
It then traveled the quarter million miles to Earth, surviving – against all adversities – a fiery descent through the atmosphere in the deserts of Northwest Africa. It consists of six fragments, which fit together like a puzzle and form a mass of almost 5.5 kg. With partial fusion crust visible on one side, it is a brand new classification and the largest known, complete moon puzzle.
According to RR Auction, it is one of the most important meteorites that can be purchased anywhere in the world today. perhaps the most significant example of our next heavenly neighbor, ever offered for sale in the history of meteorite science. "The best offer came from a representative who worked with the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex in Ha Nam province in Vietnam," representatives of RR Auction said in a statement.
"We are very happy and excited that this magnificent lunar meteorite will be exhibited proudly in this beautiful facility ̵
Sometimes nomads or meteorite hunters find more examples of an existing NWA meteorite at a later date. Subsequent finds can be reviewed and classified by another expert and given a new name or number. It is therefore sometimes discovered by researchers that there are two or more examples of the same meteorite known to science but with different numbers. In such cases they are known as "paired". For example, NWA 2998 is paired with NWA 7262, which means that both are examples of the same meteorite case, but were obtained at different times.
A unique or "unpaired" meteorite is more desirable to collectors and potentially more valuable to science, especially in those rare instances where the single find is a very large stone. This is the case with Buagba or NWA 11789: it has no known pairings and is the only example of this meteorite. Considering that the average size of a lunar meteorite find is several hundred grams, the extent of that offer is really impressive, according to the RR auction.