The 7.4 pound piece of the 100,000 pound Chelyabinsk meteorite is the largest found to date.
The owner, Alexei Usenkov, found the piece of the meteorite after the Feb. 15, 2013, explosion over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Usenkov anticipates some mall in Chelyabinsk will purchase the artifact as an attraction.
The initial asking price is $65,000 and the object is certified by the Chelyabinsk State University as an authentic part of the Chelyabinsk meteorite.
The Chelyabinsk meteorite explosion damaged 7,200 buildings and injured 1,500 people after the explosion at 14 miles above the Earth.
Usenkov expressed a desire to keep the meteorite but decided to sell in the wake of planned expeditions into the Urals to find more and potentially larger pieces of the Chelyabinsk meteorite from Lake Chebarkul. Researchers have detected a fragment in Lake Chebarkul that is approximately two feet in diameter.
Originally, Usenkov hoped to sell the meteorite to a museum but now plans to use the proceeds to buy an apartment.
A sect of meteorite worshipers has sprung up in and around Chelyabinsk that claims there are special messages from space in the meteorite fragment. The sect members claim the meteorite will usher in a new age on Earth and oppose any further search for fragments in Lake Chebarkul.