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    CANYON DIABLO - EXTRATERRESTRIAL TABLETOP SCULPTURE FROM THE BEST PRESERVED METEORITE CRATER ON EARTH
    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Meteor Crater, Coconino County, Arizona
    This offering is an aesthetic iron meteorite from the most famous impact crater on Earth-a Canyon Diablo meteorite from Meteor Crater, Arizona. Canyon Diablos ("Canyon of the Devil") are the quintessential American meteorite, prized by museums and private collectors everywhere. With its finely textured surface and gleaming patina, this engaging naturally sculpted example is guaranteed to enthrall. Like most meteorites, this specimen originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and approximately 45,000 years ago it was part of an errant asteroid that plowed into the Arizona desert with the force of more than 100 atomic bombs. Fragments were ejected more than 11 miles away from the point of impact, and the main mass vaporized-creating the world's best-preserved meteorite crater-the renowned "Meteor Crater" near Winslow, Arizona, nearly one mile across and 600 feet deep. More recently, at the turn of the 20th Century, businessman Daniel Barringer reasoned that the crater had to be created by an enormous mass weighing millions of tons; and he believed this mass, worth a fortune in nickel and iron, lay under the crater's base. In 1903 Barringer filed a mining claim and commenced drilling over a period of years-and found nothing. He later formed a public entity to assist in financing a continuance of his search. Still nothing. Unfortunately for Barringer, scientists later determined that a meteorite far smaller than what Barringer believed existed could possess sufficient energy to blow a huge hole in the desert floor-and that it would also generate enough heat to vaporize much of its mass. In effect, the mass that Barringer spent the last decades of his life searching for didn't exist-but this superlative example does, as does the crater-and today the Barringer family maintains Meteor Crater-a major international tourist attraction not to be missed. Provenance: Macovich Collection of Meteorites, New York City.
    It measures 140 x 127 x 102mm (5.5 x 5 x 4 inches) and weighs 5026.5 grams.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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