The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, November 30, 2015

The sky is falling: Largest piece of the Moon ever offered in Heritage Auctions' New York Event
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+.
NEW YORK, NY.- The sky will be falling Sunday, Oct. 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 for $45,000+.

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 to:

A 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.

A naturally sculpted iron meteorite from the Kalahari that is the extraterrestrial evocation of Munch's “The Scream,” is estimated at $175,000+.

The 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.

To complement the largest slice of the Willamette, the smallest slice of the famous meteorite is also being offered. It carries an estimate of $11,000+.

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 $120,000+.

The auction will include a 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, which comes with British Museum of Natural History provenance. It is estimated at $4,000+.

A special highlight of the auction will be a meteorite that did a bit of… stargrazing: a 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+.

Today's News

September 26, 2012

Le Stanze del Vetro opens new space with exhibition of 300 works by Carlo Scarpa

Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor totals $18.8 million at Sotheby's in New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston debuts only gallery dedicated to coins at a major U.S. art museum

Storm clouds lift over J M W Turner paintings at National Museum Cardiff in Wales

Distinguished private collections and standalone works illuminate Christie's October photographs sale

National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago: Einstein's brain is now interactive iPad app

Seminal sculpture by American artist Ellsworth Kelly is installed in museum's sculpture garden

"Thomas Schütte: Faces & Figures" opens at the Serpentine Gallery in London

The Art of Protection: Auction of the Collection of Karsten Klingbeil in Munich Part II

Julien's Auctions announces sale of property from the collection of Ronnie and Jo Wood

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs presents "Talbot's World: A Gallery of Natural Magic"

Christie's Geneva to offer Eric Clapton watch in its upcoming auction of Important Watches

Zurich Asia to offer rare stamps of imperial & modern China in October Hong Kong auction

Jessie Willcox Smith's Goldilocks and the Three Bears tops Heritage Auctions' Oct. 13 Illustration event

The sky is falling: Largest piece of the Moon ever offered in Heritage Auctions' New York Event

The Fondation Gandur pour l'Art gives the public online access to its collections

NEA presents a new systems map to guide research agenda over the next five years

National Portrait Gallery saves UK's last portrait of the British radical who helped create the U.S.A.

Manchester Contemporary announces details of the fourth edition of the art fair

"David Claerbout: The time that remains" on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful