Meteor Pieces Going From Asteroid Belt to Auction Block

Two pieces of a meteor that blazed across the Texas sky earlier this month are going from the asteroid belt to the auction block.

Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries announced Thursday it is putting two meteorites up for auction, including an 8-ounce specimen that it says could fetch up to $15,000.

Auction house spokesman David Herskowitz says meteorites were discovered in the town of West, about 70 miles south of Dallas, by an Arizona meteorite hunter whose trip was partially financed by an anonymous collector.

People across Texas reported seeing a fireball Feb. 15. The Federal Aviation Administration initially suggested it could have been debris from colliding satellites but later said it probably was a natural phenomenon.

The auction date is May 17.