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Norman Mailer, Marc Newson. MoonFire, Lunar Rock Edition No. 1,964 ‘NWA 5153’

Unique
Aluminum case with lunar rock in capsule and framed print, 12.8 x 15.7 in., hardcover volume, 14.4 x 17.3 in. with 4 fold-outs, 348 pages
Limited to just 12 copies, one for each astronaut who walked on the Moon, the Lunar Rock Edition of Norman Mailer’s MoonFire is designed by Marc Newson. Each book is contained in a case inspired by the Apollo 11 LEM (Lunar Excursion Module)—its surface an actual 3-D topography of the Moon—and comes with a unique piece of lunar meteorite. Accompanying this edition is a Lunar Feldspathic Breccia stone, composed of many fine-grained rock types, it was recovered in 2008 by nomadic Berbers in the Sahara Desert.

No. 1,964

MoonFire is the greatest book I have ever seen. The photography is unparalleled, it is more than just a book, it is an experience.” —David Schonauer, American Photo, New York

Limited to just 12 copies, numbered 1,958–1,969, the Lunar Rock Edition of Norman Mailer’s MoonFire is designed by Marc Newson. His concept was inspired by the Apollo 11 LEM (Lunar Excursion Module). Each book is contained in a case made from a single piece of aluminum—its surface an actual 3-D topography of the Moon—and comes with a unique piece of lunar rock.

Meteorites from the Moon are exceptionally rare. There are fewer than 100 lunar meteorites known with a total combined weight of approximately 725 kilograms, making them millions of times rarer than gem grade diamonds. However, most lunar meteorites reside in museum collections and research institutions, leaving only 150 kilograms or so available to individual collectors worldwide. Since acquiring an Apollo moon rock is virtually impossible, the only realistic way to own a piece of the moon is by acquiring a lunar meteorite.

NWA 5153
Type: Lunar Feldspathic Breccia
Discovery site: Sahara Desert, near the
Algerian/Moroccan border
Size: 48 x 21 x 17 mm
Weight: 15.74 g
95,000 Euro

Recovered in 2008 by nomadic Berbers near the Algeria/Morocco border, repeated asteroid impacts on the lunar surface resulted in the crushing and remelting of material that is primarily responsible for NWA 5153’s brecciated appearance. One edge of the sample was cut to reveal the light charcoal interior matrix that contains a galaxy of inclusions that are diagnostic in the identification of lunar specimens (the most significant being the flecks of white anorthosite—one of which was terrestrially stained a light pink hue from Earth’s mineralogy). This specimen is from the Macovich Collection of Meteorites—one of the most acclaimed private meteorite collections in the world. The Smithsonian, The Academy of Sciences in Moscow, The Natural History Museum (London), the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris) and the American Museum of Natural History (New York) all have specimens with a Macovich provenance.

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Norman Mailer, Marc Newson.
MoonFire, Lunar Rock Edition No. 1,964 ‘NWA 5153’
Unique
Aluminum case with lunar rock in capsule and framed print, 12.8 x 15.7 in., hardcover volume, 14.4 x 17.3 in. with 4 fold-outs, 348 pages
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MoonFire, Lunar Rock Edition No. 1,964 ‘NWA 5153’
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