Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Odessa, Texas

    It was approximately 75,000 years ago that the Odessa meteorite entered Earth's atmosphere as a large fireball and broke up in flight, creating several craters in what is now a working Texas oilfield. This exquisite sculptural specimen originates from the second most famous American impact event (the first being Meteor Crater, Arizona). Rarely are complete Odessa meteorites this size available and almost never are they as aesthetic as the specimen offered here. With two pronounced flanges this meteorite orients in a variety of positions. A patina ranging from milk chocolate to jet black, characteristic of Odessa meteorites, adorns its curves and crenellations. This meteorite also has a significant terrestrial provenance as well: before its acquisition by the Macovich Collection, it was among the largest specimens in the historic DuPont Collection of Meteorites. A custom molded pedestal accompanies this superlative example from the most historic meteorite shower in Texas. 279 x 217 x 173 mm (11.0 x 8.5 x 6.75 inches) and 11.9 kilograms (26 pounds).

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,322

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold on Jun 8, 2008 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2022 April 21 Photographs Signature Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    My sincere thanks and appreciation for the professionalism in handling, promoting, and selling my painting.
    David H.,
    Dallas, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search