Imilac — Spectacular Complete Slice of a Meteorite with Gemstones And Who Said Baseball Isn’t The Universal Sport?
Lot 46
Imilac — Spectacular Complete Slice of a Meteorite with Gemstones And Who Said Baseball Isn’t The Universal Sport?
Sold for US$ 77,000 inc. premium
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Imilac — Spectacular Complete Slice of a Meteorite with Gemstones And Who Said Baseball Isn’t The Universal Sport?
PAL – Pallasite
Atacama Desert, Chile


Comprising less than 1% of all meteorites, pallasites are, by far, the most dazzling meteorites of all. This specimen was cut from the broadest area of Imilac’s main mass (in this instance, the single largest Imilac meteorite), which was recovered from the highest desert on Earth—the Atacama in Chile. Not only is this complete slice—with its spectacular mosaic of sparkling crystals embedded in a nickel-iron matrix—incomparably beautiful, it is also exceptional for a few Earthly reasons. The meteorite from which this slice was derived was the main attraction in the meteorite hall of the British Museum of Natural History for decades. Bordered with fusion crust, this specimen also contains highly translucent gem-quality olivine and peridot (birthstone of August). Not only does this complete slice resemble the shape of home plate, its dimensions are uncannily similar. There are only a handful of such slices given the dramatic curvature of the roughly spherical mass—of which this is perhaps the finest, and worthy of any museum of natural history in the world.

The pallasite designation for this class of meteorites is in honor of the German scientist Peter Pallas, who discovered the first pallasitic mass in 1749 in Siberia. This is an honor Pallas is fortunate to have received, for he fervently believed the unusual specimen he found was not from outer space. In fact it was…and so is this wondrous specimen from the Macovich Collection—the finest collection of aesthetic meteorites in the world. A noteworthy offering mounted in a custom frame, as if it were stained glass, from which it can be readily removed by loosening a screw.
457 x 457 x 4 mm (18 x 18 x 0.2in) and 2699 grams (5.9 pounds)
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