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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 69

    DRONINO EXTRATERRESTRIAL MINIMALIST SCULPTURAL FORM

    IRON, ATAXITE (UNGROUPED)
    RYAZAN DISTRICT, RUSSIA (54° 44' N, 41° 25' E)

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    DRONINO EXTRATERRESTRIAL MINIMALIST SCULPTURAL FORM
    Iron, ataxite (ungrouped)
    Ryazan district, Russia (54° 44' N, 41° 25' E)
    Accompanied by a custom armature, this is a most uncommon meteorite.
    189 x 158 x 57mm (7½ x 6¼ x 2¼in.)
    5.75kg (12.6lbs)


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    Similar to the previous lot, Dronino is an ungrouped iron meteorite. There is no meteorite that is chemically similar to Dronino, which implies it originated from a previously unknown parent asteroid. This is an unusual specimen as it regards its geometric simplicity. Earth’s elements interacted with the meteorite for more than 1000 years, resulting in this minimalist form of two distinct richly textured slopes.


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    Literature

    Oshtrakh, M., Milder, O., Grokhovsky, V. & Semionkin, V. (2004), “Hyperfine Interactions in Iron Meteorites: Comparative Study by Mossbauer Spectroscopy.” Hyperfine Interactions, 158(1-4), 365-370