LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Andrew Jones Auctions’ upcoming Meteorite auction on Saturday, Nov. 9, features nearly 100 lots of rare and important meteorite specimens in most classifications – Lunar, Martian, Iron, Stony and Pallasite – with estimates ranging from $100 to $300,000. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
“We are delighted to bring the first dedicated sale of meteorites and moon rocks to the West Coast,” said company president and CEO Andrew Jones. With the holidays fast approaching, they would be a stellar gift for that special someone who’s ‘out of this world.’” He added, “This is one of the most fascinating collections I have seen in my 40 years in the auction business.”
One of the “stars” of the sale is a rare Fukang Pallasite meteorite from China (est. $200,000-$300,000). Discovered in 2000 in the Gobi Desert in China’s Xinjiang Province, the meteorite (above) is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old. Pallasites represent less than 1 percent of all known meteorites. A relic of a disrupted planetoid, this full center slice is intricately composed of roughly 50 percent olivine crystals and 50 percent nickel-iron.
Also included are actual pieces of the moon. “Our broad selection of lunar meteorites includes the impressive feldspathic NWA 11273 lunar meteorite (below; est. $60,000-$80,000) found in April 2017 in Northwest Africa and weighing 419 grams,” Jones said. “What a gift that would make.”
The largest meteorite fall of recent times, the Sikhote-Alin, had a strewn field over six kilometers long and resembled a bomb site, with hundreds of trees ripped apart and deep holes gouged into the Earth’s surface. Among the Sikhote-Alins being offered is a large and complete individual specimen (est. $20,000-$30,000), beautifully polished and with deep thumbprint-like impressions, weighing 10,600 grams.
This sale has something for virtually every cosmic enthusiast, including a wide array of iron slices from world localities such as Australia, Greenland, Russia, Namibia, Nigeria and the United States. Included are specimens exhibiting the sought after Widmanstätten patterning, with estimates for individual slices ranging from $200 to $15,000.
From the space rocks that fall to Earth to the debris resulting from these collisions, this sale also offers a lovely group of impact glass. These Tektites form when huge meteorite impacts shower molten rock back up into the atmosphere, where they cool and eventually fall back down to Earth as impact glass. From the affordable mellow-yellow Libyan desert glass to the always endearing soft green Moldavites, estimates range from $100 to $300.
The auction will start at noon Pacific time/3 p.m. Eastern.