Lot 4022: Nantan Meteorite
18th October 2018
Fantastic Nantan iron meteorite, displaying a rich and attractive bronze patina. The complete individual weighs 3,146 grams and measures approximately 160 mm x 75 mm x 100 mm. The Nantan meteorite (sometimes called 'Nandan') is a main group iron, first recorded in Guangxi, China, in 1958. Initially classified as a IIICD in the year 2000, it was reclassified as a IAB-MG in 2006. There is some speculation that Nantan irons may be remnants from a significant fireball witnessed in Guangxi Province in the year 1516 which—according to some sources—showered a large area with iron meteorite fragments. The 'Meteoritical Bulletin,' however, does not list Nantan as an observed fall, and an association with the 1516 fireball has not yet been proven. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as a specimen identification card.
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