The Sky Is Falling: Largest Piece Of The Moon Ever
Offered In Heritage Auctions' New York Event
The sky will be falling Sunday, October 14 at the Fletcher Sinclair
Mansion in New York City when Heritage Auctions — the third largest
auction house in the world — offers more than 100 select
meteorites, many with museum provenance, in its Natural
History Signature® Meteorite Auction
, the largest auction of
its kinds ever held.
The headliner of this stellar event is a four pound lunar
specimen — the
largest piece of the Moon ever to be auctioned — that is
expected to bring $340,000+.
"This Moon rock is worthy of the finest natural history museums
in the world," said Darryl Pitt, Meteorite Consultant for Heritage
Auctions. "Only 135 pounds of the Moon is available to the public,
excluding Apollo mission material, and this is a superlative
example of some of what is perhaps the rarest naturally occurring
substance on Earth."
This auction also coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the
Peekskill fireball — the most videotaped meteorite descent of all
time — which burnished its legacy by puncturing a Chevy Malibu in
its final act just 30 miles outside of Manhattan. A
large portion of this renowned meteorite
is estimated to sell
This sale also includes: meteorites containing extraterrestrial
gemstones; a piece of a meteorite that resulted in the only
documented fatality; a meteorite that weighs three-quarters of a
ton and the oldest matter mankind can touch.
"If you want to experience the marvels of the Earth, go to
museums and travel," said Pitt. "If you want to begin to
contemplate the marvels of the universe, touch a meteorite."
Further highlights include, but are certainly not limited
large fragment of the Tissint Martian meteorite
that fell last
year in Morocco, which perfectly fits and locks into the large 1099 gram fragment that is now a
centerpiece at the Natural History Museum in London
. With an
impressive Earthly provenance, the matching segment to the Natural
History Museum jewel is estimated to sell for $230,000+.
"This is the most important meteorite shower in 100 years," said
Dr. Caroline Smith of the Natural History Museum.
naturally sculpted iron meteorite from the Kalahari
that is the
extraterrestrial evocation of Munch's "The Scream," is estimated at
largest slice of the most famous meteorite in the world, the
Willamette meteorite at the American Museum of Natural History, is
estimated to sell for $85,000+.
"Acquiring a specimen of a centerpiece exhibit at a major museum
is virtually unheard of," said Pitt.
Originally from the Western Australian Museum in Perth, the most
massive slab of a meteorite ever available at auction,
a Mundrabillia meteorite the size of a table
, three full feet
across, is a breathtaking and stunning piece expected to realize
portion of a meteorite that fell in 1492 that was later chained up
in a church, specifically so it couldn't fly back into the sky,
that comes with British Museum of Natural History provenance.
A meteorite that did a bit of... stargazing
piece of the planet Mars that legendary recording artist Herbie
Hancock had in his pocket
during a gala performance at The
Kennedy Center last fall for The Thelonious Monk Institute. This
bit of Mars — along with Hancock — were embraced by the likes of
Jennifer Hudson, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and Aretha
Franklin, among others. One hundred percent of the auction proceeds
of this lot go to The Monk Institute, which is devoted to nurturing
musical excellence. Estimate: $6,500+.
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MBNA Collection Of Maritime Art And Ship Models
Offered In Annapolis
Perhaps the finest collection of maritime art ever assembled —
including more than 100 unique and intriguing scale ship models —
will cross the auction block on October 27 at the U.S. Navy-Marine
Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD, as part of our Maritime
& Ship Models Signature Auction
An invitation only reception will be held on Friday, October 26,
the night before the auction, at the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps
Memorial Stadium and a public preview will be held for two days, or
More than 300 lots will be offered in the auction, with
estimates on the paintings ranging from $2,000 to $150,000 while
most of the ship models carry estimates of $5,000 and below. The
top offering in the paints section of the event is Stephen J.
'West Wind', 'Britannia', 'White Heather', 'Shamrock' and
'Lulworth' in the Solent, 1927 (estimate: $50,000+), one of
three Renards to be offered. Other highlights from the paintings
portion of the sale include works by
Antonio Jacobsen and
Ship models range from vintage sailor's work to a fine assortment
of classic sailing vessels in small and large scale, and includes
such virtuosities as an
impressive large scale model of The USS 'Franklin'
modeler Stephen W. Henninger (estimate: $5,000+), complete with a
full complement of model aircraft.
"The collection was assembled by the MBNA Corporation, at one
time the largest independent credit card issuer in the world," said
Nick Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections at Heritage. "It
runs the gamut from early 19th century to modern day paintings and
models, representing maritime trade, exploration, warfare and
recreation from the discovery of America to the Americas Cup."
MBNA's strong presence in Maine made Maine regional art a
natural focus for the collection, which was personally assembled by
the company's principals. "More broadly, however, the collection is
a comprehensive look at the best maritime art has to offer," said
Dawes. "Maine, its proximity to the ocean and the impact of the sea
on the culture of the area is intimately intertwined in this
collection. The appeal of the grouping goes far beyond that,
however, transcending regionalism and offering a wide variety of
material to aficionados of maritime art all over the world."
Each of the ship models is being sold without reserve — The MBNA
collection includes works by some of the most important American
craftsmen who have, or are, working in the genre:
Robert H. Mouat
Stephen W. Henninger
Heritage Auctions will be present at the Annapolis Boat Show,
October 5-8, where catalogues and details will be available.
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