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Updated:  November 22, 2017

Welcome to my "New and Special" page.
A page where I present to you New Acquisitions and particularly Remarkable Pieces
And they come from all over the planet.
Some are the results of trades with the Museum of Rio de Janeiro,  with Arizona State University,
with Russian colleagues, or simply from Private Collectors!.


Some Exceptional Pieces that will be in my room in Tucson, but you don't have to wait until then: 
A huge slice of Pena Blanca I just acquired, a big chunk of Bouvante, a slice of Nakhla,.....
And from a private collector: some very pretty slices of pallasites. I already have some very good ones (Imilac, Seymchan, .... ) posted on my "Iron-meteorites" page, but here is more: a large thin slice of Esquel, a superb end cut of Imilac, a slice of Fukang, and more. Enjoy!

 

 

AB1811 Aiquile: ChondriteCurrently being classified Fell on November 20, 2016 in the hills of central Bolivia. Almost whole mass, with nice roll-over lip but broken back. 67.9g $1600.00
RPM1732 Allende: Carbonaceous Chondrite, CV3.2. Fell during the night of February 8, 1969 near the village of Pueblito de Allende in Chihuahua, northern Mexico, as a rain of thousands of fragments, large and small.
Whole mass, mostly crusted, 379g. More pictures are available upon request.
Best offer.
PS078 Imilac: Many fragments have been found since 1822 in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Most fragments are tiny, just an iron skeleton without crystals. Few fragments are large enough to be cut. And this is an unusual End, with bright crystals but heavily sculpted back, full of holes. 487g. More pictures available upon request. Best offer.
AB1838 Bouvante: A big fat chunk with crust of a rarely seen Eucrite that was found probably shortly after the fall in the French Alps.  Someone could easily cut a lot of slices out of this piece. 72.50g  Best offer.
AB1854 Pena Blanca Spring:  The famous Aubrite that fell in a water hole on a ranch in southern Texas, and was promptly fished out by the ranch-hands eating lunch near-by. Large part slice with crust and very short list of owners: Robert Haag, Jim Schwade, Blaine Reed, me. 103g.  Best offer
PS003 Esquel: The most famous pallasite. Found in 1951 in Chubut (Argentina) by a farmer digging a hole. It was large, about 755kg but most of it has now been distributed to Museums and collectors, large slices are getting scarce. And this one is beautiful, and perfectly prepared. 156.2g, 140 x 113mm, barely 2mm thick. Great colors. $5450.00
PS001 Fukang: A slice of another large pallasite. This one was found in 2000 in Xinjiang (China), and did weigh nearly 1 ton when found. Highly prized by collectors because of its large crystals of olivine. Part slice, 43.5g $1500.00
AB1655 Imilac: To complete the Pallasite family, a large slice from the Chilean one. Many fragments have been found in the Atacama desert since 1822, but most are small, and many have long lost their crystals and are reduced to a iron skeleton. Fragments large enough to be sliced are rare, and this one is one of the largest I have seen. 169.21g, a full 165 x 105mm, barely 2mm thick. Beautifully prepared, brilliant crystals.       $5500.00
AB1518 Esquel Famous pallasite from Argentina, usually cut in thin slices, but this is a part end-cut, unique occasion to see the natural surface too. 16.08g $600.00
AB1467 Cat Mountain, Famous L5 Impact melt famous just outside Tucson Arizona in 1980. Part slice off the original find. 9.1g $995.00
AC083 Tafassasset: Very unusal meteorite, a Metachondrite CR6, with lots of metal. This thick part-slice was cut from the mass in Alain Carion's collection, a mass was survived the carjacking and fire. One side is still clearly burned. 91.41g $2200.00
AC084 Ivory Coast Tektite: Those are truly extremely rare as less than 100 had been previously know. Alain Carion was very lucky. Please go to "http://www.meteorite-times.com/tektite-month/ivory-coast-tektites" to read about this amazing discovery. I am several others, just ask if you would like to see a different one.

  $1800.00

AB1814 Nakhla: The most famous and historic of the Martians. Feel in Egypt on June 28, 1911. And the namesake of the Nakhlite. Large (for a Nakhla!) slice, 0.46g. (2 practically identical slices available) $1800.00
       

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TRADE with the Museum of Rio de Janeiro:
    I had the pleasure of a return visit by Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Zucolotto, Curator of the Meteorite Collection of the Museum of Natural History in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She had brought with her just a few pieces and we managed to do another trade (I still do not speak Portuguese).
All those pieces were prepared and in some cases repaired in Brazil.

Sao Joao Nepomuceno: 
  The very first mass of Sao Joao Nepomuceno was found before 1960 in Minas Gerais, an area of Brazil that has produced many meteorites. Later a local farmer was intrigued when a stone would not break under the wheels of his cart like all the other rocks, eventually he stopped and picked the rock, it was no stone it was iron and he quickly realized that it was just like that other iron that had been found just a few miles away. He kept it for himself but eventually the mayor of the village asked him to show it to a visiting engineer, who confirmed that it was a piece of the Sao Joao Nepomuceno meteorite, a third fragment was eventually found near-by, bringing the total weight to about 16kg. Most of it is now in the Museum of Natural History in Rio de Janeiro. It was been studied extensively and found to be similar to only one other meteorite, Steinbach, found in Germany in 1724; both are IVA-anomalous, iron meteorites very rich in pyroxene-tridymite inclusions.

AB1478 Sao JN: Large polished, etched slice, about 50 x 45 x 2 mm. Some translucent crystals. 29.92g $2950.00
EZ008 Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, about 24 x 21 x 2mm, few translucent crystals. 3.89g $425.00
EZ004 Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, small, about 15 x 10mm, but very typical 1.25g $150.00
EZ006 Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, about 20 x 15mm, half iron, half silicates 2.72g $325.00
EZ015 Sao JN: Great part slice, polished/etched, about 32 x 26mm, lots of silicates. 8.58g $850.00
  

    A few more sizes available, please ask.

      

And a few other Brazilian meteorites you don't see very often, and some that might surprise you:
Santa Catharina pieces without rust or shale, for instance!

AB1492 Para de Minas: Part slice, polished/etched, beautiful fine pattern. About 46 x 33 x 2mm Fine Octah. 13.54g $800.00
AB1379 Nova Petropolis: part slice, polished/etched, 60 x 36 x 2mm, nice inclusion. Med. Octah. 35.30g $725.00
AB1498 Itutinga: Found in 1960 in Minas Gerais, TWK: 47.5kg, great pattern, 80 x 68 x 4mm Med. Octah. 141.02g $3975.00
AB1499 Santa Luzia: Found in several masses in 1921, TKW: 1918kg, end cut, 65 x 35 x 6mm Coarsest Oct. 78.62g $2950.00
         
         

ASU "left-over" Irons: 
    When I was at Arizona State University in October 2011, I spotted a bunch of small containers with pieces of iron meteorites in them, so I asked and was told that every now and then a chunk is cut off a large mass for lab. work, then some is used in the lab, and some is left-overs, and Yes, those were all "left-overs"!  But what left-overs!!!  What names!!!  Ashfork, Gressk, Monahans, Silver Bell, Weaver Mountain......Total: over 20 ultra-rare irons. And what provenance!  most of them came from the Nininger Collection, bought by ASU in 1960. Yes, all of them are small, or tiny pieces, but that makes them affordable!. Some are now gone, but there are still quite a few available. Please take a look at the list below. Some very rare ones are still available.



Click on the name to see the picture. Weight and price of each piece is on the picture

Altonah Mass of 21kg found in 1912 near Moon Lake in Wasatch Mtns, N-E Utah, recognized as a meteorite and acquired by Nininger in 1933. Still had some fusion crust but one face had been severely hammered and re-heated. From Nininger Collection, cut from ASU specimen #168. Fine Octah. IVA 2 pieces available
Ashfork Mass of 27 Kg found in north central Arizona in 1901. Studied by Buchwald and Wasson who called it a transported Canyon Diablo, but it is unshocked so it was found in the plain around the crater. Cut from ASU specimen #717, but only 218g in ASU collection. Coarse Octah. IAB 2 pieces available
Bella Roca Mass of 33kg found before 1888 in Sierra de San Francisco, near Santiago Papasquiero, Mexico. Acquired by H.A. Ward who cut it and then sold part of it to Nininger. From Nininger Collection, cut from ASU specimen #266. Medium Octah. IIIAB 3 pieces available
Billings Mass of 24.5kg found in 1903 during farm work in Christian Co. Missouri. Was exhibited in a street fair and got first prize as iron ore. Part of it was then forged in horseshoes, nails. Eventually was  recognized and bought by Ward. Cut from ASU specimen #151. Medium Octah. IIIAB Only 1 left
Ogallala Mass of 3.3kg plowed up in 1918 in Western Nebraska, recognized and acquired in 1930 by Nininger who described it in his Catalogue as well preserved, with some fusion crust but with clear signs of having been re-heated. Cut from ASU specimen #90.1. Coarse Octah. IAB 2 pieces available
Puripica Mass of 19kg found before 1931 in Antofagasta province, Chile, sold by the finder to the Smithsonian. Examined by Nininger (1939), Wasson (1968) and later Buchwald who concluded it is similar to other hexahedrites found in No. Chile. Cut from ASU specimen #387.1 Hexahedrite IIAB 1 piece available
Spearman Mass of 10.4kg found near Spearman, Texas in 1934, according to Nininger who acquired it, and distributed the slices. V. Buchwald classified it as a shock-hardened medium Octahedrite, transitional between classes IIIA and IIIB. Cut from ASU specimen #230.3 Medium Octah. IIIAB 1 piece available

 

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