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Skull Carved from a Meteorite

(Photo: Bonhams)

The Los Angeles salesroom of Bonhams, an auction house firm, is offering what it claims is the largest meteorite sculpture in the world. It is Yorick, a sculpture named for the dead jester that Hamlet spoke to in Shakespeare's play.

Artist Lee Downey carved it from one of the many meteorites that lay scattered around Gibeon, Namibia. It arrived on Earth about a thousand years ago some four billion years after the metal was formed in space.

I'd love to see a forensic scientist do a facial reconstruction of this skull. Let's see what Yorick looked like when Hamlet knew him.

-via Junkculture


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