Monday, April 18, 2016

USA: Christie's to Offer a Very Jazzy Piece of the Moon on April 20, 2016


Moon Rock touched by the stars including Kevin Spacey,
Herbie Hancock, Pharrell WilliamsGoldie Hawn, and Quincy Jones and to be offered during
Christie's first dedicated auction to Meteorites

- 100% of the Proceeds to Benefit the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz -

Among the 80 meteorites featured in Christie's first dedicated auction of METEORITES on Wednesday, April 20th, there is one specimen that's especially "of note" from the Moon. Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey (L.A. Confidential, American Beauty) had this particular piece of the Moon in his pocket as he sang "Fly Me to the Moon" at the Thelonious Monk Institute's Gala on November 9, 2014 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Twenty-two other luminaries touched this same piece of the Moon that evening and signed their names to a document that states, "I touched the Moon at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz All Star Jazz Salute to Bill Clinton." Signatories include Herbie Hancock, Pharrell Williams, Goldie Hawn, Quincy Jones, Don Cheadle, Dianne Reeves...and Mr. Spacey. 

The winning bidder for this lot receives the Moon - not all of it, just the portion indicated - as well as the documentation (estimate: $25,000 - $35,000). 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the world's largest non-profit devoted to nurturing musical excellence in jazz.

While this is the single most star-struck piece of the Moon to exist, it might be noted that the Moon is among the rarest substances on Earth. Of the nearly 900 pounds of the Moon returned by the Apollo missions, not one gram is available to public. Of the only 350 pounds of lunar meteorites known to exist, a significant fraction of this amount is institutionally controlled. Moon Rocks are identified by highly specific textural, mineralogical chemical and radiation signatures. This specimen was donated by Darryl Pitt and the meteorite from which the specimen originated is at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum. Renowned meteoriticist Dr. Tony Irving at the University of Washington did the classification. 

For more information, contact Serena Babcock at / +1 212-302-9200