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    PEEKSKILL - LARGE SLAB OF THE CELEBRATED NEW YORK METEORITE
    Chondrite - H6
    Peekskill, New York - (41° 17'N, 73° 55'W)
    This is a thick slab of the meteorite that punctured Michelle Knapp's Red Chevy Malibu on October 9, 1992 in Peekskill, New York (see lot 49102). Peekskill is among the world's most famous meteorites - not only for having punched its way through a car within 50 miles of New York City, but also for its descent to Earth, which was videotaped from more perspectives than any other meteorite. Startled when she heard the explosive crash outside her home, 18-year old Michelle Knapp bravely ventured out to discover a warm, dark mass still smelling of sulfur in a small impact pit beneath her demolished car. What the police report initially ascribed to vandals was in fact the remnant of a fireball seen by thousands as it tore through the early evening sky from Kentucky to New York.

    Any specimen of Peekskill is difficult to obtain-and specimens this size are exceedingly rare. This is a large, thick slab, with veins of filigreed shock veins coursing through a matrix peppered with sprinkling metallic particles. This specimen also features a most sought-after characteristic: a long arc of Peekskill's thick fusion crust embossed with red paint from the collision.
    The car and a portion of the meteorite have been on an international museum tour and are currently in Germany. It is a measure of the importance of the Peekskill meteorite that the Heritage Meteorite Auction was scheduled to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of its arrival. Accompanied by a DVD containing video of the various angles taken of the descent of the Peekskill fireball, this is an important specimen of an historic meteorite. 130 x 68 x 11mm (5.12 x 2.68 x 0.43 inches) and 254.29 grams (0.56 pounds).


    Estimate: $47,500 - $55,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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