[meteorite-list] Value of Nationalized Meteorites
From: dean bessey <deanbessey_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon Feb 20 19:32:51 2006
I wonder who the 3 "Individuals who buy and sell
The meteorites, martian samples and lunar samples
taken in the theft of the safe from my lab at NASA's
Johnson Space Center were appraised by three
individuals who buy and sell meteorites.
Obviously they are a little out of touch with the
meteorite market and cant differentiate between if .03
gram and several pounds were released. I still
remember how chessagny was considered by everybody to
be worth $100,000 a gram until steve Arnold traded for
half a gram driving the price to I believe $10,000.
As some people might say on the list I suspect that 3
or 4 grams would put their estimated "price in ruin".
Those people who got put in jail for years based on
stealing meteorites with a market value so hi surely
got ripped off during sentensing if the prisen term
would have been lighter if the actual price that the
meteorites could have been sold at in the market was
taken into account rather than a theoritical valuation
that has no resemblence to reality.
--- MARK BOSTICK <thebigcollector_at_msn.com> wrote:
> Hello list,
> Dr. Everett Gibson, who is not a list member, did
> have a few comments along
> our discussion, which he is once again is kindly
> letting me share with the
> The meat on the pricing related here is: ~103 grams
> for 7-8 million on the
> low side, to ~234 million on the high side. Which
> is $70,000-80,000 a gram,
> to a little over 2 million a gram.
> Clear Skies,
> Mark Bostick
> The meteorites, martian samples and lunar
> samples taken in the theft
> the safe from my lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center
> were appraised by three
> individuals who buy and sell meteorites. The
> monetary values determined by
> three appraisers was used in the trial of Gordon
> McWhorter and the
> hearing for Thad Roberts. I would prefer not to
> give the monetary values
> determined by the appraisers but I can tell you the
> value for the ALH84001
> sample was staggering.
> The attorneys argued over whether the cost of
> the Apollo program
> be "figured" into the value of the lunar samples.
> The monetary value of
> samples figured into the length of the sentences
> given the defendants.
> Taking the weight of the 53 different lunar samples
> stolen (~103 grams total
> weight stolen) along with the mass of returned lunar
> samples from the six
> missions, and costs for the missions. The top
> value of the appraised
> came to ~$234 million dollars. The lower value was
> in the $7 to 8 million
> dollar range-excluding selected Apollo mission costs
> . The actual numbers
> in the court testimony which I have not seen because
> as a witness I was
> excluded from that testimony.
> As a side light, McWhorter was found guilty
> and sentenced to ~60 or 70
> months in federal custody. He is currently in the
> Fort Worth Federal
> Facility and is not scheduled to be released until
> April 2008. Thad
> was sentenced to 90 months federal custody. His
> last appeal (based on his
> belief that he was sentenced too harshly) has just
> been denied within the
> two months. He has recently been transferred from
> the medium level
> facility in Florence, CO to the Super Maximum
> Security Facility (SUPER-MAX!)
> Florence, CO because of failing to obey the rules.
> Roberts is scheduled to
> be released the end of January 2009.
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