Canyon Diablo with Hole
Lot 1392
Canyon Diablo - Matchless Tabletop Sculpture from Outer Space with Naturally Formed Hole
Sold for US$ 7,320 inc. premium
Auction Details
Natural History New York
1 Jun 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17502
Lot Details
Canyon Diablo - Matchless Tabletop Sculpture from Outer Space with Naturally Formed Hole
Iron, fine octahedrite
Gibeon
Coconino Country, Arizona

The overwhelming majority of iron meteorites are prosaic masses—not remotely aesthetic—with the current offering being a notable exception. With a lustrous platinum patina and natural hole—an exotic feature—and with its curved, gently scalloped surface, this organic sculptural form evokes a Chinese scholar’s rock. Its provenance is the Macovich Collection—the world’s foremost collection of aesthetic iron meteorites. Like most meteorites, this specimen originated in the asteroid belt, but approximately 45,000 years ago it was part of a small, errant asteroid that plowed into the Arizona desert with the force of more than 100 atomic bombs. While fragments were dispersed in all directions for miles, the main mass vaporized, creating the most famous and best-preserved meteorite crater in the world—the renowned Canyon Diablo “Meteor Crater” near Winslow, Arizona—one mile across and nearly six hundred feet deep. Canyon Diablo (“Canyon of the Devil”) is the quintessential American meteorite, prized by museums and private collectors everywhere. This superior representation of the most renowned American meteorite event is accompanied with a custom armature. Measuring 240 x 119 x 91mm (9.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches) and 4.08 kilograms (9 pounds).
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