London, South Kensington
19 October 2016
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.)
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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
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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