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    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia
    All iron meteorites - including the current example, among the finest zoomorphic meteorites known - originated from the core of planetary bodies that briefly existed between Mars and Jupiter 4.5 billion years ago, whose shattered remains are referred to as the asteroid belt. More recently, a large iron mass that was bumped out of the asteroid belt and deflected into an Earth-intersecting orbit, slammed into and exploded in the upper atmosphere several thousand years ago - raining down on what is now the edge of the Kalahari in Namibia. The current specimen from this event was located by local tribesmen in 1991. With a multitude of gleaming ridges, this meteorite features a naturally formed hole. It is rare for meteorites to exhibit such holes, and rarer still when the hole is positioned in the matrix in such a way as to yield an aesthetic specimen. It's even rarer when the hole results in a distinctly zoomorphic example, as does this meteorite, which bears a striking semblance to a terrier. This is among the most widely celebrated zoomorphic meteorites, and the finest canine-like example. Accompanied by a custom armature and select pedigree: The Macovich Collection of Meteorites - the most acclaimed collection of aesthetic iron meteorites. 214 x 214 x 103mm (8.5 x 8.5 x 4 inches) and 5501 grams (12.1 pounds).

    This specimen was featured in the February 15, 2010 issue of Crain's New York.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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