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Lot 1712
Discovered 2003. Two irregular polished sections of the Dronino Ataxite iron meteorite; the cut surfaces showing the distinctive inclusions; with the exterior surface showing the full perimeters. Meteoritical Bulletin: MB 88, 2004, iron-ung; MetBase: v.7.1, 2006, iron-ung. 100 grams, 35-39mm (1 1/4 - 1 1/2"). From the family collection of a London gentleman; previously acquired on the UK meteorite market; found Ryazan District, Russia. A 40 kg iron was found by Oleg Gus’kov, Moscow resident, as he was returning home from collecting mushrooms near the village of Dronino in the Ryazan district. In early 2003, it was taken to Vernad, and identified as meteoritic. In summer 2003, scientific expeditions and meteorite hunters collected more than 600 fragments occurring at a depth of up to two meters. The distribution of the fragments suggests that the meteorite formed a crater about 30 meters in diameter. No historical records exist of a meteorite fall, thus it appears likely that the meteorite fell earlier than the 12th century when the area was largely unpopulated. [2, No Reserve]


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Dronino Polished Meteorite Section Group

Estimate £100 - £140May 24, 2018