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    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia
    Closing out the last of the exotically shaped iron meteorites is this incomparable example. There is no meteorite similarly shaped as this offering; indeed, the otherworldy landscape now seen makes this among the most singular iron meteorites known to exist. After having been unearthed in the Kalahari in 1990, local tribesmen were initially fearful to take possession of this meteorite as a result of its unnatural shape, and later referenced having left behind a "snail from the stars." A tribal leader assured his charges they could recover the object without concern. Depending on its orientation, this highly attenuated specimen evokes either an Asian scholar's rock or...extraterrestrial escargot. While terrestrialization played a role in this meteorite's morphology, the mechanism involved in creating the cascading waves is a mystery. Worthy of the foremost natural history museums, this is a noteworthy offering of a matchless meteorite. Accompanied by a large custom pedestal. 653 x 279 x 203 mm (26 x 11 x 8 inches) and 61 kilos (134 pounds).

    Provenance: Macovich Collection of Meteorites, New York City

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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