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    MORASKO METEORITE - EMINENT, IMPOSING SILICATED IRON METEORITE FROM EASTERN EUROPE
    IAB - Silicated Iron
    Poznan, Poland

    Not quite as sizable an event as that at Meteor Crater, Arizona, the officially designated Morasko Meteorite Nature Preserve is nonetheless an important Eastern European locality. Seven meteorite craters have been identified outside the town of Morasko, Poland - five of which contain small lakes. In 1914, during World War I, the first meteorite was discovered by German soldiers constructing a military fortification. Since that time many other masses have been recovered including this example - among the most aesthetic Morasko meteorites known. Unlike the vast majority of nondescript Morasko masses, the example now offered is otherwise endowed. Regmaglypts and fusion crust, the aerodynamic features acquired by a meteorite during its descent to Earth, and rarely seen in Moraskos, are richly evident. In addition, a deep gunmetal patina with platinum highlights blanket the meteorite's highly textured surface.

    It is unusual to acquire meteorites associated with impact craters, as most craters have eroded over the millennia, and this is one of four examples in this sale. Moreover, Morasko is classified as a IAB meteorite - it is a rare silicated iron (see the following lot). The exotic internal structure of this particular specimen should never be seen, however, as this is an exemplary complete meteorite from the Morasko event. 206 x 155 x 69 mm (8.1 x 6.1 x 2.75 inches) and 5272 grams (11.6 pounds).
    Provenance: Macovich Collection.


    Estimate: $4,000 - $5,500.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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