Lot #8002
Dronino Iron Meteorite Slice

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Estimate: $400+

Description

Appealing Dronino iron meteorite slice, polished on both faces to reveal remarkable iron sulfide inclusions with an ameboid shape. The full slice weighs 176.7 grams and measures approximately 132 mm x 90 mm x 2.5 mm. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as a specimen identification card. Dronino is named after the village in Russia's Ryazan Oblast where it was found by a mushroom collector in July 2000. Scientists later embarked on an exploration of the area and about 600 fragments of the meteorite were recovered; due to the distribution of fragments, it is thought that the impact formed a now-buried crater. Unlike most iron meteorites, Dronino does not display a Widmansätten pattern when etched, so this full slice has been polished to a mirror-finish.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary
  • Dates: #559 - Ended June 20, 2019