A Fife meteorite hunter is set to sell a rock which fell from space named after Glenrothes, reports GAIL MILNE.
Rob Elliott, the owner of one of the largest meteorite collections in the world, is a full-time meteorite expert.
He will sell parts of his world-famous collection at an auction in August by Lyon and Turbull Auctioneers in Edinburgh. Alongwith the Glenrothes Meteorite, there will be over 100 space artefacts on sale.
And one particular meteorite may hold a mysterious rock star link to a pop legend.
Rob told the Gazette: “The biggest space oddity is likely to be half of a meteorite that has a link to Michael Jackson.
“I’ve sold many meteorites to many different celebrities over the past 15 years, but this one takes the biscuit,” he said. In the summer of 2002, through his friendship with Uri Geller, Rob supplied a small meteorite gift to Jackson.
Rob said: “This must have struck the right chord, as a ‘phone call came through from the Jackson camp, requesting another, larger meteorite, but this time it was required ‘in the shape of a star’.”
Rob Elliott’s passion for all-things science and space began at the early age of eight years old, just as Apollo 11 prepared to land on the Moon.
During his late teens, Rob studied electronic engineering in London and pursued a long career as an electronics engineer, working on military defence electronic systems for both the British and American governments.
In 1987 he was relocated to Fife to join a new team working on a space project for US Defence. Rob has now retired as a full-time meteorite dealer and collector, deciding instead to put all of his efforts into meteorite hunting.