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    FINE HENBURY METEORITE
    Iron (IIIAB) medium octahedrite
    Henbury Cattle Station, Alice Springs, Northern Australia
    Thirteen impact craters 150 miles south of Alice Springs in the Australian outback tell the tale of an ancient meteor shower thought to have occurred over 5,000 years ago. It is one of the few ancient meteorite showers that was not harvested for its metal content by the locals; indeed, it was declared taboo since the time of the fall by oral tradition and named "Chindu chinna waru chingi yaku", which means "Sun walks fire devil's rock". The crater therefore lay undisturbed until its modern discovery by A.R. Alderman in 1931; the total mass of the fall is not known, but what few specimens that have been recovered have proven to be highly collectible. Here is a perfect illustration as to why; aside from their rarity on the market, they frequently boast wonderful twisted, multi-facetted forms, although rarely as striking as the present example. The complete fusion crust boasts a lovely brown and red rust coloring with highpoints flashing and silver highlights. Innumerable dips and cavities, ridges and protrusions, and delicate extremities belay the incredible forces and pressures to which the meteorite was subjected in its fiery descent to Earth. A highly aesthetic example of a highly collectible meteorite, it measures approximately 6 x 4 x 2½ inches and weighs 1552 grams (3.42 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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