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    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Odessa, Texas

    The British Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum in Chicago and the American Museum of Natural History in New York do not have an Odessa meteorite as large as the current offering. Originating in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, it was approximately 75,000 years ago that the Odessa meteorite entered Earth's atmosphere as a large fireball and broke up in flight, creating several craters in what is now a working Texas oilfield. The sculptural example now offered originates from the second most famous American impact event (the first being Meteor Crater, Arizona - see lots 41181 and 41182 ). Having weathered on Earth for thousands of years, this is the quintessence of a large Odessa iron meteorite. A wide seam runs the length of the left margin, with a wealth of furrows and ridges rendered in a deep gunmetal patina. A custom museum-display armature accompanies this dramatic representation from the largest meteorite shower to occur in Texas. An imposing, majestic example from a historic event. 331 x 219 x 147 mm (13 x 8.5 x 5.75 inches) and 21.8 kilograms (48 pounds).

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