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    Iron, IIAB coarse octahedrite
    Paseka, Primorskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia
    The meteorites of the Sikhote-Alin fall are much sought after, not only for their relatively recent arrival on Earth - their fall in the Maritime Territory of Siberia in 1947 was commemorated on a Russian postage stamp - but also for their aesthetic qualities. The present specimen is a stand-out, however, even among such beautiful space objects. Almost entirely flat, it bears the distinctively beautiful dark gleaming gun metal patina with hints of rust-red oxidization, but also boasts a small natural aperture, an ovular hole formed by the twisting and melting of the metal as it plummeted through the Earth's atmosphere; specimens with holes are extremely rare and highly desired by collectors. A slender protruding section almost joins up with the main mass to create a second, larger aperture, making for a hugely characterful and unusual specimen, approximately 2 x 1½ x 5/8 inches, and weighs 47.7 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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