In April, a meteorite fell in the Sahin family garden in Elmshorn (D). It is now said that Father Mahmoud is close to completing negotiations on the sale. The meteorite brings a tidy sum.
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- Several meteorites fell on the German city of Elmshorn. The largest one ended up in the family garden.
- It weighs 3.7 kilograms, is 4.5 billion years old, and is worth a lot.
- According to Father Mahmoud Shaheen, the stone is now about to be sold. It is said to be worth around 200,000 euros.
On April 25, the Sahin family received a gift from heaven in Elmshorn, a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. During a rare meteor shower over the city, a rock from space weighing 3.7 kilograms fell into its garden.
This matter not only arouses the interest of scientists, but also collectors, as Father Mahmoud reveals to Bild. “When we learned about the meteorite impact, I received different offers to buy the stone. Even a dealer from India called me. Hence, it should be sold by public auction in Qatar. “On one occasion, interested parties from America came to our door.”
But it was important to the family that the meteorite stay in their native Germany: “If we had not received an offer from Germany, we would have kept it.” Fortunately, this was the case: “We are in concrete negotiations that are about to end.”
The largest meteorite ever to fall in Schleswig-Holstein
The 46-year-old does not want to reveal exactly how much the Shaheen family receives for the precious meteorite. According to the newspaper, the offer is close to 200 thousand euros.
The weight of the stone is 3.7 kilograms, and it is the largest meteorite ever to fall in Schleswig-Holstein, as expert Carsten Jonas from the “Meteor Working Group” reveals to “Bild”: “In 1962, one of them hit a roof in the city of Kiel and weighed about a kilogram. In 2019 “We had a collision, but it weighed only 28 grams. The Elmshorn meteorite comes from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It has traveled several million kilometers.”
Before the Shaheen family offered the meteorite for sale, it made parts of it available for research. It was also shown at a trade fair in Munich. It is currently sitting in a bank safe deposit box – ready for a new owner.
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