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    GIBEON - INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF AN IRON METEORITE REVEALED IN AESTHETIC SPECIMEN
    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia

    The next two lots are superb examples of the iron meteorite standard - Gibeon meteorites from Africa. Recovered from the edge of the Kalahari Desert, Gibeon meteorites are the bounty of a huge meteorite shower that occurred many thousands of years ago. When cut and etched, the intergrowth of Gibeon's nickel-iron alloys is revealed in an exquisite natural design known as Widmanstätten pattern. As this pattern does not appear in terrestrial iron ores, its presence is diagnostic in the identification of a meteorite - and a Gibeon meteorite's etch, as seen here, is sublime. The shape of the current offering is both alluring and highly aesthetic. The exterior surface is animated with undulating crests and ridges while the crystalline pattern evokes an ancient extraterrestrial scroll. This is an outstanding example of the interior and exterior of an iron meteorite. 134 x 42 x 39 mm (5¼ x 2 x 1¾ inches) and 823 grams (1.75 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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