Christie’s presents Deep Impact: Martian Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites, an online-only sale of rare meteorites open for bid between 9-23 February 2022. The weight of every known meteorite is less than the world’s annual output of gold, and this sale offers spectacular examples for every collector, available at estimates ranging from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The sale will offer most of the lots at no reserve, with estimates starting at $400.
Included in Deep Impact are 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.
A highlight from the sale is the third largest piece of the planet Mars on Earth, ($500,000-$800,000). Specimens of the planet Mars are among the most exotic substances on Earth with less than 300 kg (650 lbs) known to exist. NWA 12690 contains abundant shock melt pockets; the presence of Martian atmosphere can be confidently inferred. This extraordinary offering features patches of fusion crust — the result of melting during its fiery descent through the Earth’s atmosphere.
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12 Feb, 10am–5pm
13 Feb, 1pm–5pm
14 Feb, 10am–5pm
15 Feb, 10am–5pm
16 Feb, 10am–5pm
17 Feb, 10am–5pm