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    NANTAN METEORITE - IF SIZE IS WHAT MATTERS_COLOSSAL ¾ TON IRON METEORITE
    Iron, medium octahedrite - IAB-MG
    Guangxi, China - (25° 6'N, 107° 42'E)
    This extraterrestrial colossus was found in the Hechi Prefecture of the Guangxi Province, near the southernmost part of China. It is among the finest Nantan meteorites recovered, and is one of the largest meteorites available to the public. The supply was never plentiful: perhaps as many as twenty meteorites in excess of 1500 pounds have been recovered in the past twenty years, and every one has either been subdivided or acquired by museums or private collections. With the recent surge in the popularity of meteorites, the supply of large meteorites has been exhausted. The fate of most large Nantans is lamentable. Most have been immersed in liquid nitrogen to render the metal brittle, before an explosive charge shatters the meteorite along its crystalline planes, and the resulting fragments have been misleadingly sold as "complete meteorites."

    This awe-inspiring example is worthy of many museums - and most do not have a Nantan (or any meteorite) of this size. This specimen is accompanied by a custom armature by designer by Bill Stender, who has also created display systems for clients ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to Las Vegas' Bellagio Casino. 705 x 625 x 530mm (28 x 24 x 21 inches) and 721 kilograms (1588.11 pounds)

    This specimen is only being previewed in Dallas and will not appear in New York.


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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