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Lot #8018
NWA 869 Chondrite Meteorite Matched Pair

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Attractive Northwest Africa (NWA) 869 chondrite (L3-6) meteorite, nicely cut into two matching halves with both faces polished. As a whole, the matched pair weighs 102.1 grams and measures approximately 66 mm x 32 mm x 31 mm. The exterior shows a weathered fusion crust, and the interior shows abundant multi-colored chondrules and brecciation. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as a specimen identification card.

Born by fire, Northwest Africa 869 is one of the most fascinating meteorites available to collectors. It has a highly unusual classification, L 3-6, meaning it shows characteristics of different meteorite types within the same mass. NWA 869 is a breccia—a rock made up of fragments of other rocks that have been compressed or cemented together. The most likely explanation for the formation of this mosaic-like mixture of space material is the collision of asteroid, millions or billions of years ago, somewhere in the void between Mars and Jupiter. NWA 869 illustrates the monumental processes at work in the solar system and its diverse and fascinating structure means it is sometimes described as 'an entire meteorite classroom in a single rock.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary
  • Dates: #559 - Ended June 20, 2019