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    CANYON DIABLO - UNUSUAL, EXTRATERRESTRIAL TABLETOP SCULPTURE FROM THE BEST PRESERVED METEORITE CRATER ON EARTH
    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Meteor Crater, Coconino County, Arizona

    This is a superlative example of an aesthetic iron meteorite from Meteor Crater, Arizona. Like most meteorites, this lot originated in the asteroid belt, but 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. 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 Diablos ("Canyon of the Devil") are the quintessential American meteorite, prized by museums and private collectors everywhere, and this is a choice tabletop example. Highly animated and possessing a most unusual shape, this abstract form features a finely textured surface with two large partial sockets delimiting its girth. Accompanied by a custom armature and measures 191 x 138 x 69mm (7.5 x 5.5 x 2.75 inches) and 3396 grams (7 ½ pounds).
    Provenance: Macovich Collection of Meteorites


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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