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    Iron, IIAB coarse octahedrite
    Paseka, Primorskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia
    Of the famed Sikhote-Alin fall of 1947, there are two types of meteorite. One type is the roughly textured shrapnel-like pieces that were torn off the main mass during its fiery passage through the atmosphere. The present specimen is of the other type, however, presumed to have detached somewhat earlier and bearing a distinctly different appearance. This example has the typical deep gun metal patina, smooth thumbprint-like regmaglypts and a beautifully smooth texture across much of its surface, as though polished and burnished, with a deep black gleam. One side has a more roughly-textured finish, in excellent contrast, but the main point of interest is the rare occurrence of a natural aperture near one edge of the meteorite, an almost perfectly circular hole formed by the contortions and melting superheat undergone by the meteorite on its passage to Earth. Specimens with natural holes are so infrequently seen that they are sought after by enthusiasts; less than 1 in 1,000 meteorites exhibit a natural hole. An excellent, unusual and aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 2½ x 2 1/8 x 1 inches, and weighs 125 grams.

    Provenance: Geoff Notkin collection, co-host of Science Channel's award-winning series Meteorite Men.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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