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    NWA STONE METEORITE - ORIENTED METEORITE WHICH SKIPPED THROUGH EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE
    Classification Unknown
    The Sahara Desert, near the Moroccan/Algerian Border - coordinates unknown
    Similar to the previous lot, this is also a rare, oriented meteorite recovered from the Sahara, but it experienced something more of a stable, angular glide to Earth, and its appearance is far more dynamic as a result.

    Meteorites from the Sahara were a tremendous rarity prior to the late 1990s. This is no longer the case. The single largest catalyst to the increased recovery of meteorites occurred in 1995 with the first natural history auction and the extensive international media coverage thereof. Said natural history expert Henry Galiano, "News of the prices attained by meteorites at auction in the mid-nineties made its way across the ocean and motivated legions of new meteorite hunters, primarily from Germany and France, to explore the Sahara in search of more material. Some hunters enlisted the local Berber communities to search on their behalf. As a result, several thousand stone meteorites have been recovered in the past decade - including dozens of different meteorites from the Moon and Mars - which has provided a major boon to science.

    The proof of this meteorite's orientation is the presence of elongated thumbprints on one face and an absence of the same on the reverse. Blanketed in a naturally sandblasted patina of deep chocolate, this splendid, highly appealing meteorite is accompanied by a custom armature. 204 x 182 x 66mm (8.0 x 7.25 x 2.5 inches) and 4.06 kilograms (9 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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