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INTRODUCTION

The Macovich Collection of Meteorites features the foremost collection of aesthetic iron meteorites in the world. Numerous private and institutional collections contain specimens from the Macovich Collection, including the Smithsonian, the Academy of Sciences (Beijing and Moscow), the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and the Natural History Museum (London).

James Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Nicolas Cage, Jerry Bruckheimer, Yo-Yo Ma, Saud bin Mohammed al-Thani and Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums have all acquired meteorites with a Macovich provenance. Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, USA Today and Smithsonian Magazine are among the publications that have written about the Macovich Collection and its curator, Darryl Pitt.

In the late 90s, at a Phillips auction in New York City featuring the Macovich Collection, the American Museum of Natural History paid what is still the highest price ever paid for a complete slice of a meteorite at a public offering ($137,500). Two weeks later, at Butterfields in San Francisco, an 18-pound Macovich iron meteorite sold for $97,500--a record for an iron meteorite this size.

When a gram of Mars with a Macovich provenance sold for $16,000—more than 1,000 times the price of gold—it was deemed worthy of inclusion in Guinness's Book of World Records. On February 6, 2012 London's famed Natural History Museum acquired the largest chunk of Mars (1.099 kilograms) from the late 2011 shower of Martian meteorites---the first in more than 100 years---from the Macovich and Falling Rocks Collections (who jointly owned the meteorite and decided its only proper home would be at one of the world's preeminent museums).

Meteorite research has also enjoyed a tremendous boon as an indirect result of Macovich offerings. The media's extensive coverage of the auctioning of Macovich meteorites in the 90s became the catalyst to a legion of new meteorite hunters to search the world's deserts for more meteorites, resulting in the recovery of many scientifically important specimens including dozens of meteorites from the Moon and Mars. The sale of Macovich specimens is also uniquely responsible for choice meteorites being embraced as fine sculptural forms; a visually arresting specimen with a Macovich provenance was named by Arts & Antiques as one of its "100 Top Treasures of the Year."

Curator Pitt is also the creator of the first interplanetary collectible, "Planet Mars: The Cube," a Lucite cube containing a sterile vial with 1/10 carat of igneous material from the fourth rock from the sun. In the book, The Art of Collecting Meteorites, legendary meteorite figure Robert Haag states, "There is no one who has done more to popularize meteorites than Darryl... except me!