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Credit: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Meteorites are pieces of asteroids, the moon and Mars that travel to Earth after being ejected from these heavenly bodies. Exotic origins aside, meteorites can be beautiful, mimicking abstract sculpture for example, and many bring interesting stories when they collide with Earth. On Oct. 14, 2012, more than 125 meteorite specimens and related material go up for auction. Here's a look at few of them.
Above, the naturally formed holes on this iron Gibeon meteorite found in Namibia give it an animal-like appearance.