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    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Paeka, Primorskiy Kray, far eastern Russia
    The largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization is believed to be the fall over the remote Sikhote-Alin Mountains in the Maritime Territory of Siberia on February 12, 1947. An enormous fireball brighter than the sun exploded at an altitude of 5 km and more than sixty tons of material was hurled onto the snowy terrain. The smooth, gently-sculpted pieces that traveled interdependently to earth are amongst the most aesthetic of meteorites; unmistakably extraterrestrial with their dark metallic patina and shimmering silvery highlights, with surfaces pitted with thumbprint-like regmaglypts. Occasionally, however, one finds a more dramatic example, as with this fine large specimen - rather than a smoothly undulating surface, the fusion crust bursts with peaks and shards, like a violent, roaring extra-terrestrial ocean-scape immediately evocative of the terrific rending and twisting pressures exerted on the meteorite as it hurtled hundreds of miles through the Earth's atmosphere. A first-class specimen, it measures approximately 13 x 9 x 9 inches and weighs 46 kg (101.5 pounds), presented on an ebonized metal display stand.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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