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    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia

    Recovered by Namibian tribesmen, the shape of this striking iron meteorite is largely due to terrestrialization (exposure to the elements) over thousands of years. The dramatic hollow in the center of this specimen is the result of water having collected in what was previously a shallow depression. This smooth concavity is in a stark yet artful contrast with the animated ridges and scoops that surround it. The seemingly flattened edges seen here are where this meteorite split along crystalline planes. (If cut, this meteorite's internal crystalline structure would be identical to the crystalline pattern seen in lot 24.) Both elegant and abstract, and accentuated by a muted earth-tone patina, this singular tabletop sculpture from outer space is accompanied by a custom armature. 311 x 335 x 157 mm (12.25 x 13.25 x 6 inches) and 37.58 kilograms (83 pounds).
    Provenance: Macovich Collection

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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