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    MUONIONALUSTA - LARGE COMPLETE SWEDISH METEORITE
    Fine (IVA) octahedrite
    Northern Sweden
    First discovered in 1906, the Muonionalusta meteorites are something of a mystery. Believed to have fallen over 500,000 years ago, only a limited quantity of specimens have been found and searches for the impact crater from the original shower have been in vain. But this remote area of northern Sweden, well into the Arctic Circle, has yielded some impressive finds, and it has been conjectured that they may have been transported by glacial action from the original, ancient strewn field. Rarity and difficulty of recovery make these specimens uncommon on the market, and so the present example is an especial prize: a complete and natural meteorite with a lovely fusion crust. Rust-colored and finely textured, the specimen possesses an almost zoomorphic form: viewed correctly, it has the appearance of an inquisitive duck-billed dinosaur, with cranial crest, large eye socket and craning neck. A superb specimen, it measures approximately 11½ x 9 x 4¼ inches and weighs in at around 13 kilograms (28.66 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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