Man Who Found Rare Meteorite In His Back Garden Set To Sell It For Over EUR 200,000

A man who found a rare meteorite in his back garden is set to sell it for more than EUR 200,000.

Astonished Mahmut Sahin, 46, could barely believe it when the 4.5 billion-year-old space rock landed on his property in Elmshorn, in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein on 25th April last year.

And it was only when his science-mad daughter remembered that meteors are magnetic that he realised a fortune had dropped into his lap.

Mahmut immediately began fielding offers from collectors all around the world for up to EUR 200,000 (GBP 174,000).

Photo shows Dieter Heinlein, a meteorite expert at the German Aerospace Center, with Mahmut Sahin at the trade fair in Munich, Germany, undated. A 3.7-kilogramme-heavy (8 lbs) meteorite fell in Sahin’s backyard on April 25, 2023. (CEN)

The meteorite is reportedly made up of concentrated H-type chondrite, a rare and valuable metal.

Mahmut had previously toyed with the idea of selling the meteorite to a museum so that it would not disappear into a private collection.

But it is currently unclear who the buyer is, with German media reporting that the Turkish man is set to make a deal with an unknown buyer for approximately EUR 200,000, according to local media.

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Mahmut said: “We are in concrete negotiations that are about to be concluded.”

German media reported that he plans to invest the money from the sale in a property.

Mahmut said: “When we became aware of the meteorite impact, I received various offers for the stone. Even a dealer from India contacted me. Then it should be auctioned in Qatar. Once we even had interested parties from America come to our door.”

German media said that the 3.7-kilogramme meteorite was examined by a number of experts who were all extremely excited at the find.

Image shows the 3.7-kilogramme-heavy (8 lbs) meteorite, undated photo. It fell in the backyard of Mahmut Sahin, 47. In the town of Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein State, Germany, on April 25, 2023. (CEN)

Carsten Jonas, 57, from the ‘Meteor Working Group’, said: “This is the largest meteorite ever to fall in Schleswig-Holstein. In 1962, one hit a roof in Kiel and weighed about a kilo. In 2019 we had an impact, but it only weighed 28 grammes.

“The Elmshorn meteorite comes from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It has has travelled several million kilometres.”


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