Lot 4019: Millbilillie Individual Meteorite
18th October 2018
Rare Millbilillie stone meteorite (polymict eucrite), from a witnessed fall over Western Australia in October 1960. The complete, jet-black fusion-crusted individual weighs 43.73 grams and measures approximately 35 mm x 40 mm x 27 mm. Not only is Millbillillie a very rare witnessed-fall eucrite, it is also one of the most visually appealing meteorites available to collectors. Eucrites are achondrites (stone meteorites without chondrules)—volcanic rock from other worlds, comprised largely of silicate minerals. Millbillillie meteorites are light in weight, similar to terrestrial pumice, so even a specimen as modest as 6 or 7 grams can still be enjoyed and studied without magnification. Millbillillies typically exhibit a dazzling color combination: glossy black fusion crust mixed with bright orange Australian desert soil which adhered to the crust, producing a color contrast of unique and striking beauty. The afternoon fall occurred in October of 1960, and was witnessed by only two men, near the town of Wiluna in Western Australia. It was ten years until the first stone was found. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as two specimen identification cards.
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