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    CANYON DIABLO - NATURAL, PRIMITIVE TABLETOP
    SCULPTURE FROM THE BEST PRESERVED METEORITE
    CRATER ON EARTH

    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Meteor Crater, Coconino County, Arizona

    Like most meteorites, the following lot originated in the asteroid belt, but approximately 45,000 years ago this specimen was part of an errant asteroid that plowed into the Arizona desert with the force of more than 100 atomic bombs. While fragments were ejected more than 11 miles away from the point of impact, the main mass vaporized, creating the most famous and best-preserved meteorite crater in the world-the renowned "Meteor Crater" near Winslow, Arizona, nearly one mile across and 600 feet deep. Canyon Diablo ("Canyon of the Devil") is the quintessential American meteorite, prized by museums and private collectors everywhere, and this is a superb tabletop example. With a deep gunmetal patina and a gently bowed arch on the left margin, this roughly circular form, evocative of a primitive abstract sculpture, has soft ridges and a finely textured surface. Accompanied by a custom armature and a Macovich Collection provenance. 125 x 133 x 68 mm (5 x 5.25 x 2.5 inches) and 3532 grams (7¾ pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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