Chondrite - L6
    Navajo County, Arizona - (34° 54'N, 110° 11'W)
    On July 19, 1912, a shower of thousands of tiny meteorites rained upon the old Aztec railroad yard just outside of Holbrook - the closest city to the Petrified National Forest. The mile-long strewn field ran exactly along the track of the Santa Fe Railroad. The smallest meteorites ever recovered (1.5mm in diameter) derive from this fall. Dr. Harvey Nininger, the "Father of Meteoritics," visited the site in 1931 and enjoyed some unexpected assistance in the recovery of Holbrooks: as described by O. Richard Norton in his book Rocks From Space, "Large red ants removed the tiny celestial bodies from their original resting places and piled them into anthills...[Nininger] recovered the world's smallest meteorites from the world's smallest meteorite collectors." This lot features a Holbrook that the ants elected not to collect: a significantly larger specimen of this historic American meteorite. With the Nininger number inscribed on the mass, "57G", this is an end piece with fusion crust with one polished face. 93 x 121 x 87mm (3.66 x 4.75 x 3.5 inches) and 1214 grams (2.66 pounds)

    Provenance: H.H. Nininger Collection at the Arizona State University Meteorite Collection, Phoenix

    Estimate: $8,500 - $10,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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