Presenting rare meteorites under the hammer, Christie’s offers 75 lots

These lunar and Martian specimens are available via online bidding until February 23, 2021

February 10, 2021: Offering a rare look into the wonders of space, Christie’s presents Deep Impact: Martian Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites, an online-only sale of rare meteorites open for bid until February 23, 2021. 

The sale will offer 72 of the 75 lots at no reserve, with estimates starting at $250. Included in Deep Impact is a meteorite that contains the oldest matter mankind can touch and another that contains the raw ingredients of our planets. There are a dozen offerings of the Moon and the planet Mars and another dozen from some of the most famous museums in the world — as well as meteorites containing gems from outer space.

Christie's oriented rock sale

A highlight from the sale is a highly aesthetic oriented stone meteorite (estimate: $50,000-80,000; offered at no reserve), weighing nearly 7.2kg (16lbs). Unlike 99% of all other meteorites, this meteorite did not tumble or invert as it plunged to Earth but maintained a stable orientation throughout its descent. The surface that faced Earth showcases elongated flight marks that radiate outwards.

James Hyslop, Head of Science and Natural History, Christie’s, commented: “Everyone has an image in mind of how a meteorite "should look" – an extraterrestrial body frictionally heated while punching through Earth's atmosphere. Rarely do the objects survive this fiery descent look like that shared ideal seen in this meteorite. It is a wonder to behold and an honor to have been entrusted with its sale.”

Christie's gem rock sale

Also offered at no reserve is a large slice of a rock from Mars (estimate: $30,000-50,000) within which bubbles of impact glass contain Martian atmosphere; a large iron meteorite from Odessa, Texas — home of the single largest meteorite shower to have occurred in the U.S. (estimate: $40,000-60,000), and specimens from the Macovich Collection, the world’s foremost collection of aesthetic iron meteorites, several of which are offered for the first time at an auction.

There is also the most unlikely of meteorites: one that never hit the Earth. The day after the Tirhert meteorite shower in Morocco, a man took his young son to the site of the strewn field. While adults searched the ground, the young boy instead searched for some shade where he found the specimen now offered wedged between the branches of his shade tree (estimate: $15,000 – 25,000; offered at no reserve).

Christie's oriented rock sale

A Swedish meteorite from the core of a shattered asteroid was fashioned into a sphere. ;With its robust natural crystalline structure seen in three dimensions, this is literally an extraterrestrial crystal ball (estimate $14,000 – 18,000; offered at no reserve).

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