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    Pallasite - PAL
    Magadan District, Siberia

    This is a choice sculptural example of a fascinating meteorite. It was in the 1960's that two large metallic masses were found in a Siberian streambed not from one of Stalin's gulags. Identified as meteorites, they were named Seymchan after the nearby town and classified as part of the rare IIE subgroup. Subsequently, they were later reclassified as part of an ungrouped category more rare still. A recent expedition to the area resulted in the discovery of hundreds of additional kilograms of Seymchan contained in numerous specimens-from which this uniquely shaped offering originates. Most Seymchan iron meteorites are shapeless, non-aesthetic lumps of nickel-iron, less attractive as a whole, but tailor made for subdivision into slices, cubes and whatnot to exhibit the meteorite's internal crystalline structure. That's hardly the case here. With a broad convex surface area and a gleaming patina, a custom molded pedestal accompanying this lot grips this natural sculpture whose shape appears to be the result of having been immersed in a stream of running water...for hundreds of years. On the reverse, a window was cut parallel to the curved surface of the mass to provide a reveal of the octahedral crystalline structure of this meteorite, a pattern that serves to differentiate iron meteorites from one another-and this is clearly a Seymchan. The lattice-like pattern is accented by a bolt of silicates arcing through the crystalline matrix. With a Macovich Collection provenance, this is a unique, highly aesthetic sculptural example of an iron meteorite. 269 x 281 x 129 mm (10.5 x 11 x 5 inches) and 11.7 kilograms (26 pounds).

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    17th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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