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    SIKHOTE-ALIN - THE EPITOME OF AN IRON METEORITE, WITH COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS
    Iron, coarse octahedrite - IIAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia - (46° 9' 36"N, 134° 39' 12"E)
    One the most frightening natural phenomena occurred at 10:30am on February 12, 1947 when the Sikhote Alin Mountains in eastern Siberia played host to the largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization. Sikhote-Alin meteorites of this size and character are rare, and the monumental forces exerted on this meteorite as it rocketed to Earth are evident. This meteorite slammed into the atmosphere at a cosmic velocity of 10-20 miles/second, where it experienced frictional heating and was sculpted by some of the hottest naturally occurring temperatures known (at more than 10,000° F...hotter than the surface of the sun). The aerodynamic markers of regmaglypts (thumbprints), telltale flow lines and fusion crust are conspicuous. Wrapped in a pewter-hued patina with charcoal accents, this fresh iron meteorite is a captivating example of the most terrifying meteorite shower of modern times.

    This lot is accompanied by four limited edition commemorative stamps issued by the Soviet postal authority bearing a denomination of 40 kopeks in recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite shower. The central element of the stamp's design is a much-celebrated painting by P.I. Medvedev, who witnessed the fireball's descent 75 miles away in Iman, Siberia. Meteorite dimensions: 297 x 198 x 207mm (11.66 x 7.75 x 8.25 inches) and 28.79 kilograms (63.4 pounds)

    Provenance: The Macovich Collection, New York City


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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