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    SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE - NATURAL SCULPTURE FROM OUTER SPACE
    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia

    Similar to the previous 2 lots, this highly decorative meteorite originates from the massive Siberian meteorite shower of February 1947. The monumental forces exerted on this meteorite as it rocketed through Earth's atmosphere are amply evident: blanketed with fusion crust and scores of fresh regmaglypts (the aerodynamic thumbprints which result from its fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere), this wing-shaped meteorite was shorn from a larger mass before its solo descent to Earth, as revealed by having split along a flat crystalline plane as seen on the reverse. This meteorite is also somewhat oriented (it largely drifted to Earth without much tumbling as exhibited by the far smoother surface character also seen on the reverse). This captivating kinetic vision is burnished in a bright patina with chrome highlights. Accompanied by a custom armature, and from the Macovich Collection, this is a most graceful sculptural object particularly when considering the event from which it originates. 155 x 129 x 63 mm (6 x 5 x 2.5 inches) and 1849 grams (4 pounds).


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