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Fine Gems, Opals, Lapidary Arts and Natural History / Aletai Meteorite--Large End Piece

Lot 3379
Aletai Meteorite--Large End Piece
17 May 2022, 10:00 PDT
Los Angeles

US$6,000 - US$8,000

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Aletai Meteorite--Large End Piece

Iron IIIE-an
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China

Known by many different names, Aletai is one of only two approved meteorites classified as an iron IIIE-an. It was originally given the name Aramanty when it was first discovered in 1898 in the northern part of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. Additional finds in the region were made in 2004 (Ulasitai), 2005 (Xinjiang b), and 2011 (Akebulake). Each of these finds were given their own name, but it was later surmised that they were all part of the same meteorite and it was renamed Aletai. The present end piece has been stabilized and is expertly prepared and etched to display the beautiful and unique Widmanstätten pattern. Weighing approximately 3.97 kilograms (8.75 lbs) and measuring 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 2 in

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