Christie’s to Offer one of the Largest Lunar Meteorites in Existence for Private Sale
May 04, 2020: Christie’s presents NWA 12691, a significant lunar rock, one of the largest known lunar rocks in existence. Moonrock is among the rarest substances on Earth, with less than 650 kg. of lunar meteorites known to exist. This example is the fifth largest piece of the Moon on Earth, larger than any returned by the Apollo programme. Valued at about £2 million, the specimen is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.
James Hyslop, Christie’s Head of Science & Natural History recounts: “I’ve been lucky enough to handle a few lunar meteorites at Christie’s over the years, but every time I see this specimen in the warehouse the sheer size of it bowls me over. Weighing over 13.5kg, it is so much larger than anything else that has ever been offered before. The experience of holding a piece of another world in your hands is something you never forget.”
Christie’s will also offer for private sale a group of 13 aesthetic iron meteorites. The collection, estimated in the region of £1.4 million, is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.