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    IMILAC METEORITE - LARGE COMPLETE SLICE WITH GLEAMING NICKEL-IRON MATRIX AND EXTRATERRESTRIAL PERIDOT
    Pallasite - PMG
    Atacama Desert, Chile - (24° 12' 12"S, 68° 48' 24"W)
    As a result of their sheer beauty, pallasites are the most sought after meteorites. Named after 18th Century scientist Peter Pallas (an honor Pallas is fortunate to have received, as he never accepted the fact that the strange boulder he found originated from outer space), pallasites are exceedingly rare, comprising less than 1% of all known meteorites. This superlative complete slice, bordered with fusion crust (the outer crust of a meteorite, a result of its fiery descent through the Earth's atmosphere), boasts a sparkling mosaic of crystalline olivine in a nickel-iron matrix. Imilac specimens occasionally contain gem-quality olivine or peridot (the birthstone of August), and such is the case with this complete slice. Found in Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest and highest desert on Earth, the source material is now thoroughly exhausted. It is now difficult to obtain complete slices of what is inarguably the most resplendent extraterrestrial material known to exist - and this is a dazzling example. This specimen was cut from the end piece offered two lots hence. 259 x 229 x 3mm (10.25 x 9.0 x 0.1 inches) and 753.62 grams (1.66 pounds)

    Provenance: The Macovich Collection, New York City


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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