Meteorite from Arctic Sweden fetches thousands at auction

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A picture of the 26 x 23 x 17 cm meteorite sold on Sunday. (Catawiki auction site)
A 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite originally found in northern Sweden was bought on Sunday by a collector in Hungary.

The iron-rich rock weighs nearly 27 kilograms and was sold for almost SEK 155,000.

It’s a fragment of a larger meteorite first discovered in the early 1900s in Sweden’s far north, outside of the mining town of Pajala.

The Muonionalusta meteorite is believed to be the oldest discovered meteorite on earth.

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