Meteorite hunter Rob Elliott auctions space rocks collection

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London, August 19 (ANI): Meteorite hunter Rob Elliott has sold almost his entire collection of space rocks that gathered 113,000 pounds at an auction in Edinburgh.

The full-time dealer placed the 171 items,that were expected to fetch more than 500,000 pounds, under the hammer at the Lyon and Turnbull Auction House.

One Christmas meteorite, which fell on Barwell, Leicester in 1965, was said to have fetched 8,000 pounds at the sale, reports Times Online.

Another one, the Wold Cottage meteorite, that fell in Wold Newton in 1795, also raised 3,100 pounds.

Elliott, 48, who trailed thousands of miles to collect in the wake of meteor storms to pick up objects that had fallen to earth, said he would continue his search just in Britain.

He said: "Catch a falling star - that's what I do. There's a bit of romance there. These things are falling stars. They are so old - they saw the planets forming, they have seen comets and they have suffered extremes of temperature." (ANI)

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