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    IMILAC METEORITE - END PIECE WITH SPACE GEMS - INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SURFACES OF AN EXOTIC METEORITE REVEALED
    PAL - Pallasite
    Atacama Desert, Chile- (24° 12' 12"S, 68° 48' 24"W) Strikingly beautiful, pallasitic meteorites are the most sought-after meteorites, and this end piece amply reveals why specimens of Imilac are among the most coveted. All pallasitic meteorites - less than 1% of all meteorites - originate from the boundary between the stony mantle and molten iron core of a planetary body that broke apart during the formation of our solar system (whose remnants today are collectively referred to as the asteroid belt). Nothing naturally occurs on Earth that resembles this material. The olivine crystals seen here are the result of small chunks of stony mantle becoming suspended in molten nickel-iron which slowly cooled and crystallized over a million years in the vacuum of outer space. Imilac occasionally contains - as does this dazzling example - gem-quality olivine or peridot, the birthstone of August.

    Imilac meteorite specimens are showcased in the world's greatest natural history museums and it's not difficult to see why. The example offered here provides a fascinating display of the interior and exterior surfaces of this exotic meteorite found in Chile's Atacama Desert. Cut and polished to a mirror finish, gleaming olivine crystals in hues ranging from chartreuse to orange are scattered throughout a lustrous metallic matrix. The reverse is bathed in a milk chocolate hued patina studded with persimmons colored crystals with voids and pockets where crystals had melted-out of the matrix during the meteorite's fiery descent to Earth. With a Macovich Collection provenance, this is a dramatic example of the interior and exterior of an exquisite meteorite; compelling from any angle in any orientation. 133 x 97 x 13 mm (5.25 x 3.8 x 0.5 inches) and 398.3 grams (0.9 pounds).




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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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