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    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia

    Meteorites almost never look like the present specimen: and while there may be hundreds of meteorites with naturally formed holes, most are extremely small and weigh less than a pound. The example featured in this lot, however, is one of the larger sculptural examples of a meteorite with a large hole. Iron meteorites originate from the core of an unstable planetary body that existed billions of years ago between Mars and Jupiter, whose remains are a part of the asteroid belt. After having deflected into an Earth-intersecting orbit, the errant mass from which this meteorite originated slammed into Earth's upper atmosphere a thousand years ago, exploded above the Kalahari Desert and rained down on what is now Namibia.

    Located by local tribesmen in 1992 with the aid of a metal detector, the hole is the result of terrestrialization (exposure to the elements) as the seasons changed and centuries turned. A smaller hole or deep depression expanded over time. Its smoothly scalloped surfaces are cloaked in an exquisite raw sienna patina with charcoal to mango accents. Deceptively massive, this basket-like sculpture from outer space balances in a variety of orientations and is among the most select meteorites of its kind. Formerly of the Macovich Collection - the world's foremost collection of aesthetic iron meteorites. 323 x 211 x 98mm (12.75 x 8.25 x 4 inches) and 24.3 kilos (53.5 pounds).

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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