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    Achondrite - Aubrite
    Western Sahara/Morocco border

    This section ends with what is a beginning... the beginning of an auspicious meteorite's introduction. The meteorite from which this slice was derived was assigned the name NWA 7214, and following protocol, the classification as determined by an esteemed researcher is currently under peer review. Aubrites are highly sought-after by both researchers and collectors - and both are going to clamor for this newest member of the club - of which this is the first offering. What makes this aubrite especially attractive is the weathering grade of W0/1 - which is to say it's exceedingly fresh and provides pristine research material. There are only 9 witnessed aubrite falls, a storied list that includes some of the more famous and sought-after meteorites known: Aubres, Cumberland Falls, Khor Temeki, Mayo Belwa, Norton County, Bustee and Bishopville. The closest the private collector will get to owning a fresh aubrite that is not a witnessed fall will be by obtaining a specimen of NWA 7214 (provisional). Aubrites contain a variety of unusual accessory minerals and have the highest cosmic ray exposure ages of any stony meteorite. They are primarily composed of enstatite and originated in an asteroid - specifically 3103 Eger, a near-Earth Asteroid that spectroscopically bears a striking semblance to aubrites. 3103 Eger is the only asteroid besides Vesta which can be identified as the parent body for specific meteorites (see lot 56001). This complete slice is loaded with grains of metal scattered in a blue-grey matrix. As expressed by the scientist who performed the classification analysis, Dr. Ted Bunch, this is a "stunning new meteorite." 96 x 77 x 2mm (3.75 x 3 x 0.1 inches) and 39.06 grams.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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