Large and Impressive Muoninalusta Meteorite End Piece on Custom Base
Lot 1144W
Large and Impressive Muoninalusta Meteorite End Piece on Custom Base
US$ 100,000 - 150,000
£ 75,000 - 110,000

Natural History

5 Dec 2017, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

Lot Details
Large and Impressive Muoninalusta Meteorite End Piece on Custom Base
Large and Impressive Muoninalusta Meteorite End Piece on Custom Base
Iron - Fine Octahedrite
Kiruna, Sweden

Originating from within the Arctic Circle, the first Muonionalusta meteorite was discovered in 1906 by a child who, while kicking rocks, struck a heavy, rusty object which was later identified as meteoritic. Muonionalusta meteorites are perfect for subdivision; within these typically weathered and shapeless masses lies an interior matrix that is breathtaking - a striking three-dimensional display of Muonionalusta's exceptional octahedral crystalline structure, as exemplified by the present specimen. A cooling curve of millions of years is required for the two major alloys of iron meteorites (kamacite and taenite) to crystallize, and this can only occur in the vacuum of outer space—which makes this resplendent pattern diagnostic in the identification of iron meteorites. Weighing approximately 61.2 kilos (135 lbs) and measuring 15 x 11 1/2 x 7 in. Overall height with stand: 60in
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