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    LARGE IMILAC END PIECE - SHOWCASING INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF AN EXOTIC METEORITE WITH GEMSTONES FROM OUTER SPACE
    Pallasite - PMG
    Atacama Desert, Chile - (24° 12' 12"S, 68° 48' 24"W)
    Similar to the previous two lots, this is a large Imilac end piece recovered in Chile. It is also the meteorite from which lot 49025 was sliced, and is more massive than the Imilac specimens in many of the most renowned meteorite collections in the world: it's larger than the Imilacs at the Museums of Natural History in Paris and Vienna, as well as those at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Like all pallasitic meteorites, this meteorite originated from the mantle-core boundary of a planetary body that broke apart during the formation of our solar system (the remnants of which comprise much of the asteroid belt). The crystals seen here are the result of small chunks of the stony mantle falling into, and becoming suspended in, portions of the liberated molten nickel-iron core. These chunks then crystallized during a cooling process that required more than one million years.

    Cut and polished to a mirror finish, the lustrous metallic matrix features crystals of gleaming olivine and peridot that range in hues from chartreuse to amber. The reverse is bathed in a milk chocolate hued patina studded with crystals and pockets where crystals melted out of the matrix during the meteorite's descent to Earth. Part of a meteorite shower that thousands of years ago descended onto Chile's Atacama Desert - the highest desert in the world - this meteorite was deaccessioned by a Chilean Museum in an exchange with Cecil Eisler. A prestigious addition to any collection. 241 x 204 x 128mm (9.5 x 8 x 5 inches) and 9.75 kg (21.5 pounds).


    Estimate: $85,000 - $110,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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