Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    NWA 8641 Lunar Meteorite: Large Piece of the Moon
    Lunar (feldspathic breccia)
    Sahara Desert, Morocco
    Found: 2014





    Weighing 6.4 pounds (2.9 kilograms) and extremely fresh, this is a matchless end piece of a lunar meteorite-a piece of the Moon ejected off the lunar surface following an asteroid impact, which landed on Earth. Numerous lunar samples returned to Earth by Apollo astronauts are extremely similar to the specimen now offered but, of course, are deemed the property of the United States Government and controlled by NASA at the Johnson Center and at the Smithsonian Institution. Less than 0.5% of all meteorites recovered are lunar in origin, and less than 750 pounds (340 kilograms) of lunar material exists on the earth in the form of meteorites. The Moon is among the most exotic substances on Earth.
    Lunar specimens are identifiable by specific geological, mineralogical, chemical and radiation signatures, and many of the common minerals found on Earth are rare on the Moon. Minerals comprising the Moon's crust are limited and are easily identified. NWA 8641 is one of the larger lunar meteorites on record and the 8641st meteorite to be recovered in Northwest Africa and classified. This meteorite is recorded in the Meteoritical Bulletin, and this end piece is part of it.
    This end piece is a superior representation of a lunar breccia-a rock composed of different fragments of rocks and minerals cemented together by interstitial impact melt. It is extremely fresh and not "weathered" and so has not been "terrestrialized" as a result of exposure to the Earth's elements. This specimen exhibits the sought-after deep contrast between the ground mass and white anorthosite - the oldest rocks on the Moon. This is an important offering of the Moon in the form of a superlative end cut lunar meteorite.
    Overall Measurements: 7.5 x 6.75 x 2 inches (19.05 x 17.14 x 5.08 cm), weighs 2,927.9 grams (6.4 pounds)
    [360 degree video]

    Provenance: Stifler Collection of Meteorites


    Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Custom Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December
    15th Saturday
    Post-Auction Buys Period Ends
    28 Days 22h 22m
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,912

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Show Auction Type Info

    Buy Now:
    $281,250.00