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    MILLBILLILLIE METEORITE - FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA
    Eucrite - AEUC
    Wiluna District, Western Australia

    Extensive research points to the asteroid Vesta - at 550 kilometers in diameter, among the largest asteroids - as the parent body of this rare calcium-rich meteorite that fell in Australia's Outback in October 1960. Both this and the previous lot are among the few meteorites that come from a known address. In the early 70's, only after aborigines left their government subsidized jobs in the citrus fields to earn more collecting meteorites, was Millbillillie widely recovered. The current offering is an archetypal example of both Millbillillie and a eucrite (an achondrite primarily composed of igneous material). This diamond-shaped specimen is wrapped in the glossy "burnt sugar" fusion crust characteristic of calcium-rich eucrites. A vivid accent is provided by an unusual feature, the desert soil line, rendered as a bright ochre band which bonded into the meteorite's calcium crust. If one examines the crust more closely, evidence of the meteorite's plunge through the atmosphere is richly evident. Multiple lipping is conspicuously visible, and additional layering with cascading flow lines provide further substantiation of the superheating this meteorite experienced while plunging through Earth's atmosphere. Embodying a eucrite's most exquisite qualities, this is an exemplary example of a fabled Australian meteorite. 89 x 64 x 51 mm (3.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches) and 317.1 grams (0.7 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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