Pennies from Heaven

Russians Sell Meteorite Pieces

People in Deputatskoye are traipsing through the snow—equipped with matchboxes, plastic bags, and jars—searching for pieces of the meteorite that soared over their small Siberian town last Friday. What was a liability last week has now become a commodity, as the sale of meteorite fragments, though illegal, can be potentially lucrative. One woman told The New York Times that she sold a fist-size stone that crashed through the roof of her woodshed for $230, only to be offered $1,300 a few hours later.