Lot #8006
NWA 10023 Pallasite Meteorite Slice

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Estimate: $800+

Description

Amazing Northwest Africa (NWA) 10023 pallasite meteorite slice, boasting large, angular, multi-colored extraterrestrial olivine crystals in an attractive palette of amber, yellow, and brown. The full etched and polished translucent slice weighs 21 grams and measures approximately 71 mm x 60 mm x 2 mm. 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.

Discovered in Northwest Africa in 2014, NWA 10023 has a low total known weight—less than 7 kilograms (14.5 pounds)—and is a gorgeous example of an extremely rare pallasite. As pallasite meteorites are believed to have developed at the core/mantle boundary of large asteroids, there is only a narrow horizon of favorable conditions for formation—that explains why out of over 61,000 recognized meteorites, there are less than 200 known pallasites. This exquisite slice is rich in olivine, also known as the gemstone peridot, which is the August birthstone.

Auction Info

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