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    MILLBILLILLIE - METEORITE ORIGINATING FROM THE ASTEROID VESTA... RECOVERED BY ABORIGINES
    Eucrite - AEUC
    Wiluna District, Western Australia
    As with lot # 49035, 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. It was only after aborigines left their government subsidized jobs in the citrus fields to earn more collecting meteorites, leaving the crop to rot on the trees (in a curious news story at the time), that specimens of Millbillillie were widely recovered. The current offering is a superb example of both Millbillillie and the eucrite class to which it belongs (an achondrite primarily composed of igneous material). Unusually geometric, this diamond-shaped specimen is wrapped in the glossy "burnt sugar" fusion crust characteristic of calcium-rich eucrites - the result of frictional heating with Earth's atmosphere. Richly evident flow lines provide further testimony of surface melting during its plunge to Earth. This specimen also contains a feature specific to Millbillillies: persimmon-hued Australian terrain chemically bonded onto many of Millbillillies crust resulting in vivid terrestrial accenting. Embodying Millbillillies finest qualities, this is an exemplary example of a fabled Australian meteorite. Accompanied by a custom armature and Lucite case. 83 x 67 x 77 mm (3.25 x 2.66 x 3 inches) and 322.5 grams (0.75 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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