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    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Great Nama Land, Namibia

    Thousands of years ago, a gigantic extraterrestrial mass crashed into the earth's atmosphere, exploding into thousands of fragments and falling across an elliptical 275-100 km area on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. First discovered in modern times in 1836 by English Captain J.E. Alexander, the meteorite shower was named Gibeon after the nearest town, and its fantastic aesthetic qualities have made it one of the most popular collectors' meteorites. It had been popular with the locals for many years however: just as with the Cape York meteorite in Greenland, fragments were collected by local tribesmen for use as spear and knife blades, and other tools.
    This spectacular example is uncommonly large for specimens from this fall, weighing in at 336 pounds (152.4 kilograms) and measuring approximately 20 x 15 x 13 inches. It is also a supremely aesthetic example with gun metal surfaces of fusion crust covered all over and the rounded thumbprint-like depressions known as regmaglypts, caused by burning and melting during the meteorite's descent through the atmosphere. The peaks and ridges are highlighted by the glimpses of the shimmering silvery nickel-iron of which the meteorite is composed, and the lower areas are dappled with a lovely dusting of rust-red oxidization. One narrow end of the specimen is almost completely flat, indicating that this piece sheared off a larger mass late in the meteorite's entry. Best of all, however, amidst the rolling wave-like peaks and troughs of its surface, there is a large and natural cantaloupe-sized depression, a rare feature that adds wonderful character to the extraterrestrial form. This fantastical, first-class specimen is displayed on a rough-constructed welded steel custom stand.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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