Lot 4013: El Boludo Meteorite Slice and Individual
18th October 2018
Desirable pairing of a whole individual and slice of the El Boludo ordinary chondrite meteorite, found in Tamaulipas, Mexico. The whole individual is in the form of a triangular prism, weighs 1,116 grams, and measures approximately 85 mm x 90 mm x 100 mm. The beautiful slice weighs 86.6 grams, measures approximately 120 mm x 80 mm x 4 mm, and is polished on both faces to reveal shiny flecks of extraterrestrial nickel-iron. The slice also displays dark, shadow-like linear shock veins—likely the result of catastrophic activity (possibly a collision with another celestial body) on the parent asteroid, in the distant past. The slice was expertly prepared with a diamond lap finish and shows a few light-colored relict chondrules. Numerous fragments and several whole stones, totaling 19.62 kilograms, were found by an American prospector in 2013 in Sonora, Mexico, while metal detecting for gold nuggets. The first piece (and the largest), a complete individual weighing 2,396 grams, was found on the surface in a sandy area on the eastern side of a large dry wash, a few kilometers northwest of the town of El Boludo. A search with metal detectors of the surrounding area produced numerous additional fragments and a few smaller whole stones. All known pieces were acquired by Aerolite Meteorites. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as specimen identification cards.
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