Pallasite - PMG
    Magadan District, Russia - (62° 54'N, 152° 26'E)
    This unusually shaped iron meteorite was found in the Magadan district of Siberia - the location of Stalin's infamous gulags. The first two masses were found in a streambed by geologists in the 1960s. Identified as meteorites, they were named Seymchan after a nearby village and classified as members of the rare IIE subgroup. In 2004, additional expeditions to Seymchan resulted in the recovery of many additional specimens - some weighing more than a ton. Seymchan was reclassified as a pallasite, as 20% of Seymchan specimens contain crystalline olivine (see previous lot). Seymchan meteorites also contain high levels of iridium, the second densest and most corrosion-resistant element.

    While most Seymchan iron meteorites are shapeless, non-aesthetic lumps of nickel-iron, this is not the case with the current offering, which bears a striking semblance to an anvil. The flat surface is the result of this meteorite splitting along its crystalline plane. If cut, it would reveal the gorgeous otherworldly latticework of its octahedral crystalline alloys (see lot 49022) - but that is a fate that should never befall this uniquely striking example of an iron meteorite. From the Macovich Collection - the finest collection of aesthetic iron meteorites in the world. 345 x 232 x 229mm (13.66 x 9.25 x 9 inches) and 52.39 kg (115.5 pounds).

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    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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