Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites
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Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites

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SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE — FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST METEORITE SHOWERS IN HUMAN HISTORY SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE — FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST METEORITE SHOWERS IN HUMAN HISTORY SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE — FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST METEORITE SHOWERS IN HUMAN HISTORY
Lot 1 SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE — FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST M...
Price:  $ 13 750 Sold
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After having broken off its parent asteroid 320 million years ago, a massive iron mass wandered through interplanetary space until a close encounter with Earth on February 12, 1947. A fireball brighter than the Sun (it created moving shadows in broad daylight) was seen to explode at an altitude of a...
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ENSISHEIM — THE OTHER THING THAT HAPPENED IN 1492 ENSISHEIM — THE OTHER THING THAT HAPPENED IN 1492 ENSISHEIM — THE OTHER THING THAT HAPPENED IN 1492
Lot 2 ENSISHEIM — THE OTHER THING THAT HAPPENED IN 1492
Price:  $ 15 000 Sold
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“In the year of Our Lord 1492, the Wednesday before the feast day of Saint-Martin, the seventh day of November, a strange miracle occurred. On that day, between the eleventh and the twelfth hour of noon, came a great thunder clap, then a long noise that was heard far around, then a stone fell from t...
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LOST CITY METEORITE — ONE OF THE MOST COVETED AMERICAN METEORITES LOST CITY METEORITE — ONE OF THE MOST COVETED AMERICAN METEORITES LOST CITY METEORITE — ONE OF THE MOST COVETED AMERICAN METEORITES
Lot 3 LOST CITY METEORITE — ONE OF THE MOST COVETED AMER...
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On January 3, 1970 at 8:14 pm, Lost City’s descent was witnessed by residents of northeastern Oklahoma. The nine-second fireball was brighter than the Moon and a sonic boom was heard over an area of 1,000 square kilometers. The fireball was also recorded by the Prairie Photographic Network, a conste...
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COLD BOKKEVELD — HISTORIC, SCIENTIFICALLY VALUABLE CM2 METEORITE COLD BOKKEVELD — HISTORIC, SCIENTIFICALLY VALUABLE CM2 METEORITE COLD BOKKEVELD — HISTORIC, SCIENTIFICALLY VALUABLE CM2 METEORITE
Lot 4 COLD BOKKEVELD — HISTORIC, SCIENTIFICALLY VALUABLE...
Price:  $ 11 250 Sold
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The Cold Bokkeveld meteorite fell approximately 60 miles northeast of Capetown, South Africa on October 13, 1838. Like Murchison (see lot 6), Cold Bokkeveld is a chemically primitive CM2 meteorite rich in organic compounds and hydrated minerals — and it was the first witnessed fall of a CM2 meteorit...
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EVOKING A RAM’S HORN, AN AESTHETIC GIBEON METEORITE EVOKING A RAM’S HORN, AN AESTHETIC GIBEON METEORITE EVOKING A RAM’S HORN, AN AESTHETIC GIBEON METEORITE
Lot 5 EVOKING A RAM’S HORN, AN AESTHETIC GIBEON METEORIT...
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With ridges and crests along its length, this animated flange is enveloped by a choice patina with cinnamon-hued accents. Accompanied by a custom armature, this engaging iron meteorite formed within the molten core of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. This particular asteroid wa...
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MURCHISON — 7 BILLION YEAR OLD STARDUST MURCHISON — 7 BILLION YEAR OLD STARDUST MURCHISON — 7 BILLION YEAR OLD STARDUST
Lot 6 MURCHISON — 7 BILLION YEAR OLD STARDUST
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This pristine, exemplary specimen of Murchison contains tens of thousands of organic compounds and may be related to the meteorites that introduced precursors of life to Earth. On January 13, 2020 the Murchison meteorite made headlines yet again. This time it was not the result of the 70 plus amino ...
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SINGULAR COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL FROM SIKHOTE-ALIN EVENT SINGULAR COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL FROM SIKHOTE-ALIN EVENT SINGULAR COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL FROM SIKHOTE-ALIN EVENT
Lot 7 SINGULAR COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL FROM SIKHOTE-ALIN EVE...
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Similar to lots 1 and 57, this is a fine example from what was until recently the largest meteorite shower of the last several thousand years. Its journey began 320 million years ago, when a giant iron mass broke-off from its parent body in the asteroid belt and wandered through interplanetary space...
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EXTRATERRESTRIAL GEMSTONES IN METALLIC MATRIX — A COMPLETE SLICE OF A SEYMCHAN METEORITE EXTRATERRESTRIAL GEMSTONES IN METALLIC MATRIX — A COMPLETE SLICE OF A SEYMCHAN METEORITE EXTRATERRESTRIAL GEMSTONES IN METALLIC MATRIX — A COMPLETE SLICE OF A SEYMCHAN METEORITE
Lot 8 EXTRATERRESTRIAL GEMSTONES IN METALLIC MATRIX — A ...
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This is a complete slice of a meteorite with extraterrestrial gems. Pallasites are not only rare, representing less than 0.2% of all known meteorites, they are also widely considered the most beautiful extraterrestrial substance known. Like nearly all pallasitic meteorites, Seymchan originated from ...
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WOLD COTTAGE METEORITE OF 1795 — THE SKY IS FALLING WOLD COTTAGE METEORITE OF 1795 — THE SKY IS FALLING WOLD COTTAGE METEORITE OF 1795 — THE SKY IS FALLING
Lot 9 WOLD COTTAGE METEORITE OF 1795 — THE SKY IS FALLIN...
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The Wold Cottage meteorite played a crucial role in the scientific community’s acceptance that rocks could indeed fall out of the sky — a notion previously met with disbelief or considered heretical. On December 13, 1795, Wold Cottage crashed to Earth just yards from farmworker John Shipley. Edward ...
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXTRATERRESTRIAL SUBSTANCE KNOWN — END PIECE OF THE FUKANG METEORITE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXTRATERRESTRIAL SUBSTANCE KNOWN — END PIECE OF THE FUKANG METEORITE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXTRATERRESTRIAL SUBSTANCE KNOWN — END PIECE OF THE FUKANG METEORITE
Lot 10 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXTRATERRESTRIAL SUBSTANCE KNOW...
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Pallasites are not only rare, representing less than 0.2% of all known meteorites, they are also widely considered the most dazzling otherworldly substance known — and samples of Fukang are among the most coveted. Recovered in China’s Gobi Desert, Fukang contains some of the largest and most translu...
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PALM-SIZED END PIECE FROM THE SURFACE OF THE ASTEROID VESTA — A PAIRING WITH NWA 12342 PALM-SIZED END PIECE FROM THE SURFACE OF THE ASTEROID VESTA — A PAIRING WITH NWA 12342 PALM-SIZED END PIECE FROM THE SURFACE OF THE ASTEROID VESTA — A PAIRING WITH NWA 12342
Lot 11 PALM-SIZED END PIECE FROM THE SURFACE OF THE ASTER...
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Eucrite melt breccias are rare. There are less than 40 on record and this offering contains two of the best examples: NWA 11329, which is the largest transitional eucrite breccia (see lot 65) on record, and the current offering which is part of the NWA 12342 event. This specimen is one of the relati...
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NWA 2737 — FROM MARS, A COMPLETE SLICE OF A CHASSIGNITE, THE RAREST PRINCIPAL GROUP OF MARTIAN METEORITES NWA 2737 — FROM MARS, A COMPLETE SLICE OF A CHASSIGNITE, THE RAREST PRINCIPAL GROUP OF MARTIAN METEORITES NWA 2737 — FROM MARS, A COMPLETE SLICE OF A CHASSIGNITE, THE RAREST PRINCIPAL GROUP OF MARTIAN METEORITES
Lot 12 NWA 2737 — FROM MARS, A COMPLETE SLICE OF A CHASSI...
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About 0.4% of known meteorites are from Mars. Martian meteorites are referred to in the scientific literature as SNCs (after the type specimens Shergotty, Nakhla and Chassigny — cities in India, Egypt and France where these meteorites were seen to fall). Among the three principal groups of Martian m...
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NWA 482 — RARE LUNAR SAMPLE FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF THE NWA STREWNFIELD NWA 482 — RARE LUNAR SAMPLE FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF THE NWA STREWNFIELD NWA 482 — RARE LUNAR SAMPLE FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF THE NWA STREWNFIELD
Lot 13 NWA 482 — RARE LUNAR SAMPLE FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF...
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When 18th Century natural philosophers first began to accept the notion that meteorites came from outer space, they believed that every bit of this material was blasted off the Moon by powerful volcanic eruptions. They could not have been more incorrect. We now know that most meteorites originate fr...
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COMPLETE SLICE OF THE ADMIRE PALLASITE COMPLETE SLICE OF THE ADMIRE PALLASITE COMPLETE SLICE OF THE ADMIRE PALLASITE
Lot 14 COMPLETE SLICE OF THE ADMIRE PALLASITE
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Pallasites are considered the most beautiful otherworldly substance known. They formed at the core-mantle boundary of an asteroid when some of the mantle’s olivine — proximal to the molten metallic core — crystallized and mixed with the molten metal. As a result of the asteroid having shattered foll...
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NWA 12691 — A POCKETSIZE PIECE OF THE MOON, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR REVEALED NWA 12691 — A POCKETSIZE PIECE OF THE MOON, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR REVEALED NWA 12691 — A POCKETSIZE PIECE OF THE MOON, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR REVEALED
Lot 15 NWA 12691 — A POCKETSIZE PIECE OF THE MOON, INTERI...
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This is a lunar meteorite — that is to say, a piece of the Moon ejected from the lunar surface following an asteroid impact — that was cut and polished to reveal its matrix. The analysis of a researcher to confirm its lunar origin was vetted by a panel of colleagues prior to publication in the catal...
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CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITES WITH NATURAL HOLES CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITES WITH NATURAL HOLES CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITES WITH NATURAL HOLES
Lot 16 CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITES WITH NATURAL HOLES
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Campo del Cielo (“Valley of the Sky”) meteorites are the result of a cataclysmic collision between two asteroids in interplanetary space. The Campo parent asteroid shattered with massive sections being ejected into interplanetary space.  When a large fragment later struck Earth’s upper atmosphere ab...
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COMPLETE MILLBILLILLIE METEORITE FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA COMPLETE MILLBILLILLIE METEORITE FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA COMPLETE MILLBILLILLIE METEORITE FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA
Lot 17 COMPLETE MILLBILLILLIE METEORITE FROM THE ASTEROID...
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Extensive research points to Vesta, one of the largest asteroids at 555 km in diameter, as the parent body of this eucrite that fell onto Australia’s Outback in October 1960. After searches were later undertaken by aborigines (who left their government-subsidized jobs picking fruit to earn more coll...
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MUONIONALUSTA METEORITE CRYSTAL BALL — CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE OF AN IRON METEORITE DRAMATIZED IN THREE DIMENSIONS MUONIONALUSTA METEORITE CRYSTAL BALL — CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE OF AN IRON METEORITE DRAMATIZED IN THREE DIMENSIONS MUONIONALUSTA METEORITE CRYSTAL BALL — CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE OF AN IRON METEORITE DRAMATIZED IN THREE DIMENSIONS
Lot 18 MUONIONALUSTA METEORITE CRYSTAL BALL — CRYSTALLINE...
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Muonionalusta is located in northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle near the Muonio River, for which the meteorite was named. While meteorite hunters have unearthed numerous masses in recent years, it was back in 1906 that children discovered the first Muonionalusta meteorite while engaging in a fav...
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BARBOTAN METEORITE SHOWER OF 1790 — PARTIAL SLICE OF METEORITE SHOWER THAT REPORTEDLY KILLED A HERDSMAN BARBOTAN METEORITE SHOWER OF 1790 — PARTIAL SLICE OF METEORITE SHOWER THAT REPORTEDLY KILLED A HERDSMAN BARBOTAN METEORITE SHOWER OF 1790 — PARTIAL SLICE OF METEORITE SHOWER THAT REPORTEDLY KILLED A HERDSMAN
Lot 19 BARBOTAN METEORITE SHOWER OF 1790 — PARTIAL SLICE ...
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A remarkable celestial event was witnessed by a physicist in Pau, France in the late 1700s. It was in the Annals of Physics, (vol. 13), Professor Baudin wrote, in part:"The 24th of July, 1790 had been a very warm day; in the evening the air was calm and serene, and the sky completely cloudless....
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ALLENDE PARTIAL SLICE — THE OLDEST MATTER MANKIND CAN TOUCH ALLENDE PARTIAL SLICE — THE OLDEST MATTER MANKIND CAN TOUCH ALLENDE PARTIAL SLICE — THE OLDEST MATTER MANKIND CAN TOUCH
Lot 20 ALLENDE PARTIAL SLICE — THE OLDEST MATTER MANKIND ...
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Allende is the most studied meteorite in the world. Hundreds of scientific papers have been written about the meteorite and its components. The sample now offered contains tiny pre-solar grains that formed in the gaseous envelopes around dying stars long before the formation of our solar system 4.56...
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SLICE OF A MARTIAN METEORITE — SHERGOTTITE NWA 13276 SLICE OF A MARTIAN METEORITE — SHERGOTTITE NWA 13276 SLICE OF A MARTIAN METEORITE — SHERGOTTITE NWA 13276
Lot 21 SLICE OF A MARTIAN METEORITE — SHERGOTTITE NWA 132...
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Four separate but seemingly identical stones, recovered in the Sahara Desert and sold to meteorite dealers in Mali and Mauritania, were subsequently obtained by a Moroccan dealer. Each of the stones was spectacular and it appeared from their similarity to previously classified specimens these were r...
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WILLAMETTE METEORITE — A PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOST FAMOUS METEORITE IN THE WORLD WILLAMETTE METEORITE — A PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOST FAMOUS METEORITE IN THE WORLD WILLAMETTE METEORITE — A PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOST FAMOUS METEORITE IN THE WORLD
Lot 22 WILLAMETTE METEORITE — A PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOST...
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The Willamette meteorite is the most famous meteorite in the world. It is a celebrated centerpiece at the American Museum of Natural History and the specimen now offered comes from the main mass on display. The 15-ton meteorite was discovered in 1902 by a miner on the property of Oregon Iron & S...
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FROM THE FAMED CAR-METEORITE COLLISION, PARTIAL SLICE OF PEEKSKILL METEORITE FROM THE FAMED CAR-METEORITE COLLISION, PARTIAL SLICE OF PEEKSKILL METEORITE FROM THE FAMED CAR-METEORITE COLLISION, PARTIAL SLICE OF PEEKSKILL METEORITE
Lot 23 FROM THE FAMED CAR-METEORITE COLLISION, PARTIAL SL...
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On Friday, October 9, 1992 a blazing fragmenting intruder from outer space tore across the evening sky of northeastern United States. Video cameras trained on Friday-night high-school football games turned skyward to capture the rocketing fireball before it drilled through a 1980 Chevy Malibu parked...
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VALERA — THE ONLY DOCUMENTED DEATH BY METEORITE VALERA — THE ONLY DOCUMENTED DEATH BY METEORITE VALERA — THE ONLY DOCUMENTED DEATH BY METEORITE
Lot 24 VALERA — THE ONLY DOCUMENTED DEATH BY METEORITE
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On the evening of October 15, 1972 farmhands in Trujillo, Venezuela were startled by an inexplicable sonic boom. The next day a strange rock was found alongside a cow’s carcass whose neck and clavicle had been pulverized. It was obvious to the farm’s owner, physician Dr. Argimiro Gonzalez, what had ...
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IMILAC — MANTLE-CORE BOUNDARY OF AN ASTEROID REVEALED IMILAC — MANTLE-CORE BOUNDARY OF AN ASTEROID REVEALED IMILAC — MANTLE-CORE BOUNDARY OF AN ASTEROID REVEALED
Lot 25 IMILAC — MANTLE-CORE BOUNDARY OF AN ASTEROID REVEA...
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Pallasites are not only rare, representing less than 0.2% of all known meteorites, they are also widely considered the most beautiful meteorites, and Imilac is among the most coveted. Like all pallasitic meteorites, Imilac originated from the mantle-core boundary of an asteroid that broke apart duri...
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NWA 12691 — PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOON NWA 12691 — PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOON NWA 12691 — PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOON
Lot 26 NWA 12691 — PARTIAL SLICE OF THE MOON
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Rocks from the Moon are among the rarest substances on Earth, and now offered is a partial slice of one such rock that was blasted off the lunar surface following an asteroid impact. There are less than 750 kg of lunar meteorites known to exist and a significant fraction is controlled by governmenta...
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SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE ORIGINATING FROM THE HISTORIC LOW-ALTITUDE EXPLOSION SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE ORIGINATING FROM THE HISTORIC LOW-ALTITUDE EXPLOSION SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE ORIGINATING FROM THE HISTORIC LOW-ALTITUDE EXPLOSION
Lot 27 SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE ORIGINATING FROM THE HISTOR...
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The Sikhote-Alin event was the largest meteorite shower in recorded history. After breaking off its parent asteroid, a huge iron mass wandered through interplanetary space until encountering Earth on February 12, 1947. A fireball brighter than the Sun — it created moving shadows in broad daylight — ...
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CHÂTEAU RENARD — POLISHED FRAGMENT OF HISTORIC FRENCH METEORITE CHÂTEAU RENARD — POLISHED FRAGMENT OF HISTORIC FRENCH METEORITE CHÂTEAU RENARD — POLISHED FRAGMENT OF HISTORIC FRENCH METEORITE
Lot 28 CHÂTEAU RENARD — POLISHED FRAGMENT OF HISTORIC FRE...
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To assist with the identification of samples, meteorites are officially named by a panel of scientists after the places where they have fallen. This meteorite was named for a town that was itself named after its centerpiece — a 10th Century château that was among the first feudal castles; its remain...
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RARE OFFERING — SLICE OF NAIMAN METEORITE RARE OFFERING — SLICE OF NAIMAN METEORITE RARE OFFERING — SLICE OF NAIMAN METEORITE
Lot 29 RARE OFFERING — SLICE OF NAIMAN METEORITE
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In his 2020 film, FIREBALL, the much-hailed filmmaker Werner Herzog explores how different cultures and civilizations viewed meteorites and fireballs. Throughout time every major culture has attempted to explain the phenomenon of rocks falling out of the sky — a notion only accepted in the early 19t...
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GIBEON METEORITE — NATURAL EXOTIC SCULPTURE FROM OUTER SPACE GIBEON METEORITE — NATURAL EXOTIC SCULPTURE FROM OUTER SPACE GIBEON METEORITE — NATURAL EXOTIC SCULPTURE FROM OUTER SPACE
Lot 30 GIBEON METEORITE — NATURAL EXOTIC SCULPTURE FROM O...
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Like most iron meteorites, Gibeon meteorites formed 4.5 billion years ago within the molten core of an asteroid whose shattered remains are part of the asteroid belt. An impact event ejected what was to become the Gibeon mass into interplanetary space. Gibeon meteorites are the bounty that landed on...
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