We Are Buyers: Sell Us Your Meteorites, Tektites, or Collection

We Are Tektite and Meteorite Buyers

Are you looking to sell your meteorites or tektites? SkyFall will buy your entire collection, a part of your collection or even an individual specimen.

  • If there was a confirmed meteorite fall in your area, town or village, then jump to Section 3.
  • If you are a meteorite dealer, broker or hunter from the Sahara, Gobi, Atacama or any deserts, or dry lake bed, then jump to Section 2.
  • If you want to know the pros and cons of the options to sell meteorites, tektites or collection, read Section 1A below.
  • If you want to evaluate meteorite dealers for professionalism, background and ethical business practices, read Section 1A: How to Evaluate a Dealer
  • If you are ready to contact us with your list of tektites or meteorites to sell, then jump to Section 1B.
  • If you are a rockhound or you found an interesting rock that you might think is a meteorite, then please review our Found a Meteorite? page.

Section 1A: Collector Wanting to Sell Meteorites, or Tektites (or Heirs Having Inherited Collections):

If you are reading this section, then you are likely wanting or having to sell meteorites, a favorite tektite or even your entire collection. Whether you need to sell meteorites due to unforeseen circumstances, a desire to shift your collection in a different direction, having heirs with different interests, or you having inherited a meteorite or tektite collection, SkyFall Meteorites are tektite and meteorite buyers.

We encourage any potential seller to carefully evaluate the options presented here:

  • Option 1: Sell meteorites or tektites on eBay, or social networking platforms like Facebook.
    • PROS:
      • Maximize your sale price.
    • CONS:
      • May require a significant amount of time to sell your collection.
      • Requires a great deal of upfront effort and must be able to take adequate pictures and create good descriptions.
      • May be difficult to get client’s attention if you are unknown to the community.
  • Option 2: Consign your specimens to a dealer for them to sell meteorites or tektites on your behalf.
    • PROS:
      • Expert help in selling your specimens.
      • Leverages the dealer’s network and reputation.
      • Sell faster than Option 1.
    • CONS:
      • Dealer is paid on commission, typically 25% to 35%.
      • You get paid only when a specimen sells.
      • May still require longer to sell than desired or needed.
      • Not all dealers are able to take professional pictures.
      • Dealer will expect to have specimens on hand for proper marketing and protection of their clients and business.
  • Option 3: Sell meteorites, tektites or entire collections to a dealer all at one time.
    • PROS:
      • Fastest option to get money in hand.
    • CONS:
      • Dealer will offer between 20% to 35% of the average retail price. Under very rare circumstances, dealer may offer more for high quality meteorites or those in high demand. The percentage offered by dealer will ultimately depend on factors that may include time to sell individual specimens, opportunity cost (if they buy your specimens, they can’t necessarily buy another collection or new offering), how much effort will be required to sell a specimen, the provenance of the specimens, and risk.
      • Depending on quality of individual specimens, dealer may may only be interested in a few specimens.

If you are ready to contact us with your list of tektites or meteorites to sell, then jump to Section 1B.

How to Evaluate a Dealer:

  1. Are they members of professional organizations like the IMCA or the GMA? (Note, a dealer need not be a member of any organization to be reputable)
    1. View our credentials.
  2. Are they known within the meteorite or tektite communities?
    1. SkyFall Meteorites is well known throughout the scientific and collector communities. References can be provided by request.
  3. How long have they been in business?
    1. SkyFall Meteorites has been a part-time business since Nov. 2013 and a full-time business since Sept. 2015.
  4. Is it a business or a hobby?
    1. SkyFall Meteorites is a full-time business incorporated in Texas as an LLC.
  5. Do they have the photography skills to properly market your specimens?
    1. SkyFall Meteorites uses professional photography equipment, a custom made light box and professional processing software to achieve excellent results. Some of our images have appeared in magazines and have been used by scientific community.
  6. Do they have an up-to-date and modern website for you to review and judge their expertise?
    1. Yes.
  7. Do they understand the meteorite and tektite markets, what is hot and what is not, and how to establish an average retail price?
    1. As a professional appraiser and someone who stays up to date on market pricing and fluctuations, I can quickly establish average retail prices based on conditions, provenance, rarity, desirability and various other factors. Note, I will not provide an appraisal of your specimens as part of this process.
  8. Do they provide a clear engagement agreement that outlines the services they will offer, commission and payment terms, your pricing requirements, etc.?
    1. SkyFall Meteorites provides a formal engagement agreement that outlines expectations of both parties and ensures clarity. No surprises.

If after reading the options and information above you feel like SkyFall Meteorites is a good fit for you (either Options 2 or 3) to sell meteorites, tektites or your entire collection, then read on. Though a select few meteorites and tektites are easily recognized, the vast majority require proper documentation such as receipts, specimen cards and any other supporting evidence to establish the provenance and chain of custody.

Section 1B: Sell Classified Meteorites or Tektites from Known Strewnfields or Locations

If specimens are classified meteorites that are listed in the MetBull, or tektites from known strewnfields, then in an email, please provide the following:

    1. In a Word or Excel document use one line for each specimen. If you have multiple specimens of the same meteorite or tektite, then use one line for each.
    2. Pictures are not required at this stage.
    3. On each line, include:
      1. Name of meteorite or tektite (for tektites please provide location)
      2. Weight in grams (mg, g or kg)
      3. Description (slice, partial slice, fragment, individual, crust/no crust, orientation features, etc.), and condition (especially important for tektites like broken, flea bites)
      4. Provenance (name of dealer purchased from at a minimum)

Finally, please review important information at end of this article by clicking here.

Section 2: Sell Unclassified/Found Meteorites from Sahara, Gobi, Atacama or Any Desert, or Dry Lake Bed

If meteorite is UNCLASSIFIED or was recently found, and you are a meteorite dealer, broker or hunter from the Sahara, Gobi or Atacama deserts, then in an email, please provide the following:

    1. Weight in grams (mg, g or kg)
    2. Approximate dimensions (mm or cm)
    3. Photos of the specimen taken in sunlight and in focus with a decent camera or smartphone. We do not need perfect images, but we do need images that allow us to evaluate specimen. Please review photos before sending, if they are unclear, we will reject your submission.
    4. Price (US$/g). We have no time for pricing games, so please provide dealer prices. Note that SkyFall Meteorites will only pay for specimens after they have been received safely, in same condition as shown in the photos.

SkyFall Meteorites are meteorite buyers, but we will not deal with middlemen. We will negotiate only with the person who has legal possession of and is authorised to sell the meteorite. As meteorite buyers, we focus on the acquisition of the following meteorites:

  1. Oriented or beautifully sculpted meteorites of all types. We are not interested in specimens with large breaks or that have been glued back together.
  2. Any fresh, type 3 ordinary chondrite.
  3. Any achondrite especially ungrouped.
  4. Pallasites with fresh olivines.
  5. No interest in weathered chondrites, HED achondrites and mesosiderite stony-irons.

Finally, please review important information at end of this article by clicking here.

Section 3: Sell a Recent Meteorite Fall in Your Area

SkyFall Meteorites are meteorite buyers of any fresh, witnessed falls. If there was a confirmed meteorite fall in your area, a meteorite came through your roof, or your town, village or area was hit by many stones, then in an email, please provide the following:

    1. Weight in grams (mg, g or kg)
    2. Photos of the specimen taken in sunlight and in focus with a decent camera or smartphone. We do not need perfect images, but we do need images that allow us to evaluate specimen. Please review photos before sending, if they are unclear, we will reject your submission.

Important Information to Consider:

  1. In order to maximize the value of your collection in the future, be sure to keep meticulous records. Provenance is paramount to ensure that the specimens being bought and sold are properly represented and described. In selling meteorites or tektites from your collection, the dealer extends their reputation to your specimens. No respectable dealer will participate in activities that may jeopardize their reputation.
  2. Dealer may refuse to buy a specimen or collection if the provenance is weak, and may even return a purchased specimen if it has been misrepresented to the dealer prior even after finalizing the deal.
  3. Dealer will pay for specimens only after they have them in hand and can ensure that specimens expected match what was received.
  4. No one will appreciate your collection as much as you do. When you enter into a business relationship with a dealer, they are looking at the financial value of the collection, not its sentimental value. The offer a dealer makes to you is not personal in nature.
  5. Information on consigning your specimens to an auction house like Bonhams or Christies is outside the purview of this article.
  6. This article is merely used for informational purposes and in no way represents a commitment or indicates the terms of a future potential sale to SkyFall Meteorites.

Trusted Meteorite Dealers

The meteorite community is small and many of us work together informally and/or support each other by redirecting business when a particular specimen is not available in our own inventory. The list below is by no means complete and includes only people I’ve known for a very long time, done business with myself over the years and/or most likely know personally. Some I am happy to say have even become very good personal friends.

If your favorite dealer is not on this list, then either that is a conscious decision on our part, we have not known them long enough to form an opinion, or is an oversight on our part. If you would like your name to be added to this list, please contact us

Operating Websites:

  1. Tomasz Jakubowski – collectingmeteorites.com
  2. Dustin Dickens – topmeteorite.com
  3. Matthew Martin – naturalhistorylab.com
  4. Mike Bandli – historicmeteorites.com
  5. Martin Goff – msg-meteorites.co.uk
  6. Marcin Cimala – polandmet.com
  7. Rob Wesel – nakhladogmeteorites.com
  8. Fabien Kuntz – wwmeteorites.com
  9. Pierre-Marie Pelé – meteor-center.com
  10. Keith & Dana Jenkerson – kdmeteorites.com
  11. Michael Gilmer – galactic-stone.com
  12. Sergey Vasiliev – sv-meteorites.com
  13. James Tobin & Paul Harris – meteorites-for-sale.com
  14. Anne Black – www.impactika.com
  15. Pierre-Marie Pele – meteor-center.com
  16. Marc Yost – spacejewels.ch
  17. Larry Atkins – cosmicconnectionmeteorites.com
  18. Geoff Notkin & Beth Carillo – aerolite.org

No Websites, Outdated Websites or Only on eBay

  1. Mark Lyon
  2. Ruben Garcia
  3. Bob Cucchiara
  4. Mike Farmer
  5. Moritz Karl
  6. Bob Falls
  7. Greg Hupe
  8. Corey Kuo
  9. John Schooler

Press Room

We are dedicated to  ensuring that any news stories related to meteorites are factually correct and represent our hobby in a fair and positive light.

Please contact us should you require any background or guidance on the best way to report a story. We will be happy to help even in an unattributed fashion.

Yes, You Can Collect Meteorites

Introduction

A common question newcomers to the world of collecting meteorites ask is, “Can I really collect meteorites?” The short answer is yes, you can. Meteorites are not reserved just for scientists or museums, they can be enjoyed by anyone with nearly any budget. There are thousands of meteorites available for you to purchase for your collection from a number of established and trusted dealers all over the world, including SkyFall Meteorites. Whether your purchase is a one time gift or the beginning of a collection, there is nothing more exciting than holding in your hand a meteorite that is likely (much) older than the Earth and to then think about its travels, history and secrets it holds within. Buy one now and once in your hand, you will find there is no other experience quite like it.

You Can Buy, Sell, Trade, Hunt and Collect Meteorites – Real Rocks from Space!

Can I really own and collect meteorites?
Of course you can. It’s a rock, only this rock has an extraterrestrial origin. Just as minerals like gold, diamonds, rubies and sapphires are sold by mineral dealers all around the world, so too are meteorites sold to all kinds of people from every walk of life. Though you cannot legally purchase or own a moon rock brought back to earth by NASA astronauts, you can buy, sell and enjoy moon meteorites that came to Earth on their own. You can even own a meteorite that originated from Mars.

Rocks from space, like fossils and minerals, can legally be bought and sold from most parts of the world. Meteorites are not the sole domain of scientific institutions and museums. However, like these other natural history categories, different countries have different laws and it is therefore imperative to work with a respected dealer that can explain and understand these laws to ensure that your meteorite was obtained legally. There are few online resources regarding laws surrounding meteorites, however the Law of Ownership and Control of Meteorites by Douglas G. Schmitt is a good starting place.

eBay can be a great source of authentic meteorites from well respected dealers. However, eBay is also full of fakes (e.g. hematite, magnetite and man-made slag being sold as meteorites) and, even more insidious, real but cheap meteorites being misrepresented as much rarer and more expensive meteorites. Buying from trusted dealers will ensure that what you are buying is exactly what it is supposed to be and SkyFall Meteorites guarantees the authenticity of its specimens forever.

SkyFall Meteorites caters to a large and diverse customer base which includes universities, museums, scientific institutions, and private collectors worldwide. If you’re not a member of our meteorite newsletter sign up now to receive updates and notices when new items are posted to the website, and for news and information from the meteorite world.

Basic meteorite information

Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Belt

Where do meteorites come from?
Scientists believe that most meteorites come from the asteroid belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter. In rare cases meteorites sometimes come from Mars and the Moon. Simply put, meteorites are rocks that originate from within our solar system. They
are witnesses to the earliest days of the formation of our solar system and we continue to learn from them how our solar system formed, the role they played in establishing life on Earth and give us insights into the deepest regions of our planet

How do rocks from the Moon & Mars get to Earth?
Anyone who has ever viewed the Moon has seen that it’s pock-marked with craters all over it’s surface. These craters are formed by impacts of meteoroids onto the Moon’s surface over millions of years. Sometimes these impacts are so powerful they expel lunar material out into space. This is relatively easy to do on the Moon when compared to Earth as the Moon has no atmosphere and 1/6th the gravity of Earth.

Blast Off!
So when a larger sized meteoroid impacts the Moon, material is blasted out into space at thousands of mile per hour. This material can float around in space and find an orbit around the Sun. Sometimes this material crosses the path of Earth’s orbit and if the Earth is there when it does the meteoroid then enters the Earth atmosphere thereby becoming a meteor. If the meteor survives impact with the ground then it becomes a meteorite. This goes for ALL meteorite on Earth.

 

 

Asteroid Ida
Asteroid Ida

How do meteorites from the asteroid belt impact Earth?
Meteorites from the asteroid belt take a similar path but their origin is slightly different. The asteroid belt lies between the planets Jupiter and Mars and surrounds the Sun in a never ending belt of space debris. This debris consists of billions upon billions of asteroids and meteoroids orbiting around the Sun like a wheel around a hub. Within this belt, space rocks are flying around at thousands of miles per hour and sometimes they bump and crash into one another. This changes their orbit around the sun and chunks of meteoroids can be sent into Earth’s orbital path. Sometimes when this happens it produces meteorites on the ground. Not all meteors turn into meteorites. Most burn up in the sky during entry. A meteoroid (a rock floating in space) turns into a meteor when it enters Earth’s atmosphere. It must survive the extreme heat and pressures exerted on it during atmospheric entry, to impact the ground and therefore become a meteorite.

 

 

What do meteorites look like?

They look like rocks on fire! No really, they look like you would expect them to look after being subject to the intense heat of flying at thousands of mile an hour through our atmosphere. Meteorites look like they’ve been burned, and usually resemble a piece of charcoal right after they fall.

 18-3g-wi-meteorite
Wisconsin Meteorite With Fresh Black Fusion Crust

Fusion Crust
This outer black crust is called Fusion Crust. This black crust is a thin layer of oxidized iron and other minerals which gives it it’s black color. Meteorites also exhibit what’s called in the scientific world as regmaglypts, or thumbprints as seen here.

Fusion crust is usually black or very dark brown in color. Over time a meteorites fusion crust can change color or disappear completely depending on the type of meteorite it is. This is caused by weathering and the erosion of the outer surface of the stone when rain wind, sand and other inclement

Flow Lines
If you look closely at this photo you’ll see little lines radiating outward from the center of the meteorite. These lines are formed from molten material “flowing” along the surface of the meteor toward the outer edges and are called flow lines .

 

 

Regmaglypts "Thumbprints"
Sikhote Alin Iron Meteorite with very nice regmaglypts. “Thumbprints”

Oriented Meteorites
This particular meteorite is “oriented”, in that it entered our atmosphere and stayed in one position during most of it’s flight rather than tumbling through the air until it impacted the ground. Oriented meteorites are especially collectible within the meteorite community and are highly prized by collectors and scientists alike due to their rarity.

 

 

 

 

 

The Start of a Collection

We have a large selection of very collectible meteorites for sale from many falls and finds from around the world. However, more than 90% of our stock is not listed online so if you have a specific request, do not hesitate to contact us.

NWA Chondrite Meteorites

Unclassified meteorites from North West Africa (NWA) make great gifts and are also great starter specimens for collectors on a budget, or the frugal dealer looking for a bargain. Today, NWA meteorites are still plentiful and they offer collectors great value for their meteorite buying dollar. Take a look at our unclassified NWA meteorites and you’ll agree that for such a price they are an out of this world bargain.

See a meteorite you like? Email To Order or Call 760-522-2152

Below is a gallery of stone meteorites for sale. All are hand picked for quality and aesthetics and will make great additions to your current   meteorite collection or the perfect starter meteorites for the beginner meteorite collector. Many meteorites under $20!

Brand & Logo Guidelines

SkyFall Meteorites is providing these brand guidelines to ensure its brand, logo and name are clearly and accurately identified in 3rd party media.

Our official name is SkyFall Meteorites and because there exists companies in the United States whose name or product includes the words “sky” and “fall”, always refer to our company as “SkyFall Meteorites” in spoken and written communications for clarity and brand reinforcement. “SkyFall Meteorites” is always written as two words, ensure that the “S”, “F” and “M” are capitalized and never add a space between the words “Sky” and “Fall”.

Our logo consists of a meteor trail circling a crescent moon with the name “SkyFall Meteorites” inside the crescent. The TM symbol may never be removed from the logo.

The SkyFall Meteorites logo, in part and its entirety, is trademarked. Always use official master art for our logo – never recreate it. To limit abuse, the master art is not available online and can be requested by emailing  info@skyfallmeteorites.com.