(via Boing Boing) If I had a $200,000/month art budget, I know exactly what my next purchase would be. This is the Gibeon Mask, an iron meteorite that was discovered in 1992.
In some TV show or movie I watched once, which peripherally featured an art gallery employee, that employee said something to the effect of, "You should never buy a piece of art unless you feel you absolutely have to have it." I've thought about that a lot since, and it figured heavily into my aesthetic sense. (Not that I don't buy things I feel like I could live without. But it's something I usually have in mind.)
If I could afford this meteorite, I would absolutely want to buy it. I'm not confident that I'd be willing to call it art, but it's definitely a beautiful object, and it's something I would appreciate having in my home, every day.
Unfortunately, it's estimated to sell at auction between $140,000 and $160,000. So, that's a price range I'm never, ever going to be able to match.