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Lot #8002
Dronino Iron Meteorite Slice

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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