Willamette Meteorite Complete slice of an Internal Pedestal
Iron, medium octahedrite; shocked and recrystallized
Clackamas County, Oregon
Similar to the previous lot, this is a complete slice of one of the pedestals of the Willamette meteorite that had been knocked or twisted out of the main mass. Shortly after the acquiring the meteorite, the American Museum of Natural History cut and distributed portions of the meteorite to other collections. This beveled triangular slice has a Finnish Geological Museum provenance and was acquired by the Macovich Collection in an exchange.
Specimens of Willamette are rarely available, and this is among the larger examples on record (the previous lot is the largest). The last time a specimen was available at auction, it sold for nearly eight-times its weight in gold. While the edges appear to be covered in a layer of fusion crust, it is a skin of surface oxidation, a result of the meteorite having been exposed to the elements over thousands of years. The signature recrystallized structure of Willamette is splendidly revealed in this excellent specimena noteworthy offering of an extraordinary meteorite.
133 x 119 x 7mm (5.25 x 4.75 x 0.25in) and 505.2 grams (1.1 pounds)