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    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Odessa, Texas

    Originating in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, it was approximately 65,000 years ago that the Odessa meteorite entered Earth's atmosphere as a large fireball and broke up in flight, creating one large crater and several smaller craters in what is now a working Texas oilfield. The abstract, erect form now offered originates from that same event-the second most famous American impact event on record (the first being Meteor Crater, Arizona-see lot 11047. Naturally sculpted by forces both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, this meteorite was traveling at a cosmic velocity of approximately twelve miles per second before superheating during its plunge through Earth's atmosphere, where it experienced temperatures hotter than the surface of the Sun; after landing on Earth's surface, its exposure to tens of thousands of years of weather resulted in further sculpting. With a wide seam running along its length, and a wealth of furrows and ridges rendered in a deep charcoal patina, this is the quintessence of an Odessa iron meteorite-and a dramatic example from the most historic meteorite shower in Texas history. Accompanied by a custom armature.
    It measures 331 x 219 x 147mm (13 x 8.5 x 5.75 inches) and 21.8 kilograms (48 pounds).

    Provenance: The Macovich Collection-the world's most celebrated collection of aesthetic iron meteorites.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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