AN INTRODUCTION TO IRON METEORITES

The most visually intriguing of meteorites are also the heaviest and the most recognizable. They come to us from large asteroids with molten cores that once orbited the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Extremely slow cooling of those cores, over millions of years, allowed nickel-iron alloys to crystallize into fantastic geometric structures knows as Widmanstätten Patterns. Much like snowflakes, the pattern of every iron meteorite is unique. Catastrophic collisions within the Asteroid Belt shattered some asteroids, sending pieces in all directions. Some of them eventually encountered Earth's gravitational pull, resulting in a fiery journey through our atmosphere at speeds up to 100,000 miles per hour. Superheated to thousands of degrees Fahrenheit, the surfaces of these fragments melted to form beautiful sculptural indentations called regmaglypts or thumbprints — features that are unique to meteorites.

Our catalog of iron meteorites for sale is presented here, in alphabetical order. Click on any image for additional photographs. All specimens are fully guaranteed and we pride ourselves on outstanding customer service. Please contact us for additional information. And we hope you enjoy this look at the remnants of the hearts of ancient asteroids.



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AGOUDAL (Originally known as Imilchil)
Iron Meteorite (IIAB)
It's pretty unusual for a new iron meteorite to come along, and collectors are thrilled about this new find from the Sahara in 2012. Known also by the provisional name of Imilchil, this meteorite was classified as a IIAB iron. The vast majority of Agoudal pieces are very small (10 to 20 grams). We acquired these excellent specimens from a close personal friend in North Africa and they are the largest we've seen. A lovely desert iron with attractive shapes and nice natural patina. These are also priced to move!
 

AGOUDAL 177.0 grams
Iron, IIAB First found 2012, Morocco

A block individual with intriguing "cap" and section with caliche coating the lovely patina.

177.0 grams

66 mm x 45 mm x 35 mm

$354.00


AN IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THE LEGALITY AND AVAILABILITY OF CAMPO DEL CIELO
On January 1, 2008 Argentina implemented a law prohibiting the exportation of meteorites. All of our Campo del Cielo specimens were legally obtained prior to the enactment of that law. We do not trade in illegally exported meteorite specimens. The Campo del Cielo irons we currently have in stock are all we will ever have. Experienced collectors know that prices on this excellent, historic meteorite have risen dramatically during the past year, so if you are thinking of acquiring one for your collection, now is the time.

CAMPO DEL CIELO
"Campitos
"
Iron Meteorite (IAB)

"Field of Heaven" is the English translation for this historic, yet affordable meteorite. First discovered in 1576, it is one of the world's oldest documented meteorite finds. In later years meteorite hunters expanded the strewnfield and located many new specimens. These "new" Campos were found at higher elevations and display much more character than those from the early finds. We were the first to view the shipping containers when these Campo del Cielos arrived in the United States, many years ago. We examined hundreds of specimens and these are the very best.

Although the original Campo del Cielo discovery was made in Chaco province, these campitos (small Campos) are from the more recently discovered area in Formosa province which yielded particularly fine sculpted specimens. Campo del Cielo is one of the most attractively priced iron meteorites and these lovely specimens make it possible for anyone to own a genuine piece of outer space.

 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 193.7 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

Excellent highly sculptural individual with good surface features, regmaglypts, and an attractive angular appearance.

193.7 grams
56 mm x 48 mm x 35 mm
$190.00

 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 219.5 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

Very fine individual that presents like a flowering rose from a certain angle. Abundant regmaglypts and good surface features. A very attractive iron meteorite at an attractive price.

219.5 grams
55 mm x 48 mm x 37 mm
$215.00

CAMPO DEL CIELO – Premium individuals
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
Specimens with exceptional surface features
 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 307.8 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

Exceptional highly sculptural individual which stands up perfectly on several small natural "feet" and which presents abundant excellent, detailed regmaglypts. A very fine display piece, with outstanding surface features.

307.8 grams
70 mm x 52 mm x 32 mm
$249.00

 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 932.1 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

Top quality complete individual showing a hint of orientation and almost completely covered with small and overlapping regmaglypts. High regmaglypt density is rare among Campo del Cielos, making this a particularly desirable piece.

932.1 grams
103 mm x 64 mm x 63 mm
$549.00

CAMPO DEL CIELO – Individual with rare natural hole
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
Natural holes are extremely uncommon in meteorites — less than one in one thousand specimens exhibit this feature. Iron meteorites with natural holes often appear zoomorphic, as the holes often look like eyes, and some specimens seem to take on the appearance of an animal-like creature. Extremely rare and highly desirable.
 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 703.3 grams "The Polar Bear"
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina
Complete individual with natural hole

Magical and fascinating complete individual with heavy regmaglypting and a deep and well-formed natural hole that gives it a mysterious animal-like quality. We think it's a polar bear, but perhaps you see something else?
More >>>

703.3 grams
111 mm x 79 mm x 41 mm
$1400.00

CAMPO DEL CIELO – Large specimens
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 3,764 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina
Large sculptural individual

This hefty individual weighing in at about 8 1/4 pounds has the shape and feel of an asteroid — hardly surprising, given its origin out there in the Asteroid Belt. Good clean piece, with multiple regmaglypts and a pleasing color and feel.

3,764 grams
130 mm x 93 mm x 89 mm
$1,675.00


HENBURY
Iron Meteorite (IIIAB)
The Henbury iron was discovered in 1931 and is associated with fifteen impact craters in central Australia. Henbury irons display one of the most attractive desert patinas of any meteorite — a reddish-crimson color slowly acquired over hundreds of years. The crater field is now a protected area and collecting is prohibited. As a result Henburys have all but disappeared from the marketplace and these are our last specimens of any size. We filmed an episode of our multi award-winning TV series Meteorite Men at Henbury in 2010 [pictured] and Henbury remains one of our all-time favorite meteorites. An absolute must for collectors of iron meteorites. All of our Henbury meteorites have legal export permits from Australia.

HENBURY 63.5 grams
IIIAB First discovered, 1931, Australia
63.5 gram individual

Delicate rounded and flowing faces gently curve into one jutting point and small blunted, rough, and torn segments displaying the forces involved in meteorite impacts. Surprising.
40 mm x 33 mm x 26 mm   
$254.00

 

HENBURY INDIVIDUAL 516.9 grams
IIIAB First discovered, 1931, Australia

An alluring disc or button-shaped individual with shallow regmaglypts and rich patina.


516.9 grams
96 mm x 91 mm x 20 mm
$1,750.00

HENBURY 995.6 grams
IIIAB First discovered, 1931, Australia
995.6 gram individual

Truly spectacular sculptural individual with a gorgeous shape, and a fabulous orange-red patina. A beautiful, substantial example of one of the most important crater-forming irons.
121 mm x 76 mm x 58 mm   
$3,980.00


MUNDRABILLA
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
A remarkable Australian iron, Mundrabillas are known for their unusual zoomorphic shapes, many of which seem to resemble animals or modern sculptures. Mundrabilla is a medium octahedrite with an attractive etch pattern and is found in a very remote part of Western Australia. All specimens are as-found, with an orange/ochre patina. Most available Mundrabilla specimens are very small. It is very unusual to see good quality sculptural specimens, such as these, of this size. We filmed an episode of our multi award-winning TV series Meteorite Men at Mundrabilla in 2010 [pictured] and found numerous specimens. All of our Mundrabilla meteorites have legal export permits from Australia.

MUNDRABILLA 171.9 grams
Iron, IAB First known 1911, W. Australia
171.9 gram individual

Fine individual with two large scoops and characteristic "knuckle" appearance. Mundrabillas are typically less than 100 grams and this is the largest piece in our inventory.
53 mm x 44 mm x 36 mm   
$344.00



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NWA 8370
Iron Meteorite (IIIAB)

NWA 8370 55.2 grams
Iron, IIIAB Found 2012, Morocco
55.2 gram etched part slice

Excellent part slice with amazing and hypnotic flash from the various crystal bands when the specimen is viewed from different angles.
58 mm x 28 mm x 5 mm   
$331.00

NWA 8370 117.2 grams
Iron, IIIAB Found 2012, Morocco
117.2 gram etched part slice

A hefty part slice with the most beautiful etch pattern. We are really enjoying this new iron.

78 mm x 65 mm x 5 mm   
$702.00

NWA 8370 145.5 grams
Iron, IIIAB Found 2012, Morocco
145.5 gram etched part slice

Such an intriguing shape for this gorgeous part slice. You can get lost in the ever-changing flash of the Widmanstatten pattern.

113 mm x 56 mm x 5 mm   
$873.00

NWA 8370 163.8 grams
Iron, IIIAB Found 2012, Morocco
163.8 gram etched full slice

A appealing geometric slice that reminds us of a puffer fish in profile. Note the particularly complex Widmanstatten pattern.

124 mm x 88 mm x 3 mm   
$983.00

NWA 8370 343.0 grams
Iron, IIIAB Found 2012, Morocco
343.0 gram etched full slice

This excellent complete slice displays a Widmanstatten pattern so luminous and reflective it appears to almost sparkle in 3 dimensions. Outstanding in every way!
164 mm x 115 mm x 4 mm   
$1,715.00


ODESSA Historic specimens from the UNM Collection
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
Odessa is one of the most famous craters in the world. It was where some of the very first metal detecting for meteorites took place during the 1940s and also the site of the fan-favorite "Odessa Crater" episode of Meteorite Men. These outstanding individuals come from the collection of the University of New Mexico. Every piece carries a hand painted collection number and is accompanied by an original UNM Collection card. A fantastic historic offering!
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 768.1 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
768.1 gram individual with hand painted number

Very nicely shaped specimen with hand painted number K2.106 and original UNM Collection label.
103 mm x 86 mm x 47 mm
$1,152.00

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

ODESSA 1,463 grams
Iron (IAB)
Found 1922, Ector County, Texas, USA
1,463 gram individual with hand painted number

Large and hefty individual with hand painted number K2.152 and original UNM Collection label.
119 mm x 110 mm x 80 mm
$1,829.000


SEYMCHAN
Siderites with excellent etch patterns
Though Seymchan was originally classified as an iron (IIE), newer Seymchan finds produced fabulous ballistic material with an abundance of colorful olivine clusters. The majority of Seymchan material is ballistic and most are familiar with slices containing those lovely olivine crystals. However, Seymchan as an iron is an exceptionally attractive meteorite and features a spectacular etch pattern. We are pleased to offer iron siderite part slices.
 

SEYMCHAN 87.3 grams
IIE iron / Pallasite (PAL) siderite slice
First found Magadan, Russia, 1967

Excellent full slice, oblong in shape, with lustrous Widmanstätten Pattern. Polished and etched on both sides. A very fine example of an etch pattern on an iron meteorite.

87.3 grams
125 mm x 55 mm x 3 mm

$262
.00

 

SEYMCHAN 96.8 grams
IIE iron / Pallasite (PAL) siderite slice
First found Magadan, Russia, 1967

Lovely, elegant, elongated full slice with superb Widmanstätten Pattern. Polished and etched on both sides.

96.8 grams
127 mm x 46 mm x 4 mm

$290
.00

SEYMCHAN 256.5 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
256.5 gram etched slice

A spectacular full slice. The crystalline structure has an intriguing 'bend' providing a wave like appearance towards the rounded 'top' of the slice. Phenomenal!
187 mm x 94 mm x 3 mm  
$770.00 SUPER SALE PRICE $449

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SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUALS
Iron Meteorite (IIAB)
The majority of these specimens have been admired and adored in an old collection for many years and are among the very best we have seen in almost fifteen years of specializing in this fabulous Russian meteorite. These outstanding individuals have truly extraordinary shapes. We do not expect to ever again see specimens of a comparable quality and these are the best of the best. The Sikhote-Alin meteorites presented on this page are pristine examples, not the poor quality, pitted and rust-damaged B and C-grade individuals being offered elsewhere, some of which have been acid-washed, causing them to lose important surface features.

NOTE TO COLLECTORS: Our close personal friends and colleagues in Russia have advised us that no new material will ever be found at the Sikhote-Alin site. We have watched supplies of this alluring meteorite dry up completely during the last few years. Our remaining stock of A-grade specimens is all we will ever have. If you wish to acquire an example of this iconic witnessed fall iron, the time to do so is now. We cannot acquire any new Sikhote-Alin individuals and prices continue to rise on this exceptional material.


As collectors and enthusiasts, Sikhote-Alin is easily our favorite meteorite. The Sikhote-Alin shower of 1947 took place in a remote area of eastern Russia and was the largest single meteoritic event documented in modern times. It is an extremely rare witnessed fall iron, and many individuals display the classic characteristics of meteorites: regmaglypts, orientation, rollover lips, and even impact pits from in-flight collisions with other meteorites! Sikhote-Alin is an extremely stable and affordable meteorite.

[pictured left] Vintage photograph of the Sikhote-Alin crater field taken in 1947

A VERY SPECIAL OFFER — FREE WITH PURCHASE
For a limited period of time, every Sikhote-Alin meteorite purchased from us will be accompanied by a complimentary copy of Eleven Space Sculptures — a strictly limited hand numbered art postcard designed exclusively for us by Stanegate Studios. Eleven Space Sculptures features original photographs of eleven outstanding Sikhote-Alin meteorites, and is inspired by vintage mineral illustrations from the Nineteenth Century. Learn more about the Sikhote-Alin meteorite postcard here >>>
[pictured left] Eleven Space Sculptures limited edition art card

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 76.8 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

Extremely excellent lamella-shaped individual, thin and flat for good surface-to-weight ratio and absolutely covered with intriguing, well-formed regmaglypts and modest orientation. A-grade plus.

76.8 grams

75 mm x 29 mm x 15 mm

$460.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 107.0 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

An intriguing individual with excellent shape. We can't decide if it is more reminiscent of the map of the United States or a word balloon for a cartoon. Either way, we love this specimen.

107.0 grams

66 mm x 34 mm x 24 mm

$535.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 114.8 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

Excellent elongated individual with loose crystal shape very distinctly hinting at a lamella band. A relatively flat "base" transitions into deeply regmaglypted "sides". An outstanding specimen!

114.8 grams

82 mm x 27 mm x 27 mm

$574.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 131.6 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
131.6 gram individual

A blocky, yet angular, individual with
dual personality; regmaglypted on one half and smooth on the opposing. Possibly a piece that fragmented in flight?
50 mm x 48 mm x 30 mm
$658.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 149.5 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
149.5 gram individual

A striking individual with excellent shape, distinct and well-defined regmaglypts and flow lines. The deep groove along one edge looks like a mouth and gives the piece a mischievous
gremlin appearance. 54 mm x 53 mm x 34 mm $748.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 165.8 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
165.8 gram individual

This elongated specimen is quite texturally interesting due to a myriad of different sized regmaglypts and the slightest glimpse of lamella structure.
67 mm x 42 mm x 26 mm
$830.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 177.5 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
177.5 gram individual

We've taken a particular liking to this fine piece which reminds us of a dolphin or porpoise with a large dorsal fin. Or, maybe it's a sculptural iron meteorite. Either way, it's a good one.
68 mm x 48 mm x 27 mm  
$887.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 179.9 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

Elegant elongated and moderately orientated individual with gently sloped leading edge and the most intriguing large, shallow regmaglypts. A nice rollover lip runs most of the length of one of the long sides. Fantastic!

179.9 grams

78 mm x 41 mm x 17 mm

$900.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 215.3 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
215.3 gram individual

An individual with gently curved edges and a flat 'base'. This piece is coated with an intriguing array of deep and shallow regmaglypts.

59 mm x 45 mm x 31 mm
$969.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 247.3 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
247.3 gram individual

Though not truly oriented, it looks as as though this regmaglypted, with visible lamella structure, individual was starting to orientate in flight. There are rollover lips, flow lines and even the very beginnings of a nosecone.
71 mm x 48 mm x 28 mm $1,115.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 301.7 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
301.7 gram regmaglypted individual

A striking individual covered in regmaglypts. The shape reminds us of a bowling pin.

78 mm x 48 mm x 36 mm  
$1200.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 329.7 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
329.7 gram individual

A blocky, solid individual with an intriguing shape that looks like it has been molded out of clay. Light regmaglypting, traces of a roll over lip and delicate flow lined hint at orientation.
63 mm x 51 mm x 47 mm
$1,480.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 366.7 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
366.7 gram regmaglypted individual

A blunted rectangular individual that hints at the general crystal shape. This specimen displays an intriguing mix of regmaglypts, from small and distinct to large and shallow.
84 mm x 49 mm x 37 mm  
$1,466.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 376.3 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
376.3 gram regmaglypted individual

Striking and impressive palm-sized individual with moderate orientation, excellent shape, and plenty of good finger-sized regmaglypts.

76 mm x 65 mm x 37 mm
$1,500.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 659.4 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
659.4 gram regmaglypted individual

Outstanding iron with a regmaglypted, domed front and concave trailing edge and some delicate flow lines and superb surface features. Scale cube is 1 cm in size.
97 mm x 86 mm x 29 mm
$2,635.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 820.4 grams
An oldie and a goodie!
This spectacular individual looks to be an early collection piece; there are still traces of blue-gray fusion crust remaining and just a slight hint of patina, something rarely seen on a Sikhote-Alin today. This specimen has a fantastic sculptural shape, lamella structure clearly visible where it broke in flight, well defined regmaglypts and, to top it all off, flow lines. Heavy, distinct, gorgeous flow lines.
See the large photos >>>

820.4 grams
90 mm x 78 mm x 75 mm
$3,600.00

RARE AND DESIRABLE ORIENTED SPECIMENS
Shaped by a fiery journey through our atmosphere

SIKHOTE-ALIN 67.5 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
67.5 gram individual

Excellent individual with a nose cone, elongated regmaglypting, and light rollover lip. All manor of flight markings barely contained in this stunning specimen.
51 mm x 28 mm x 25 mm
$540.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 68.0 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

This aerodynamic, moderately-oriented hybrid individual sports a smooth domed face with large regmaglypts on the leading edge and a jagged, fragmented reverse face, revealing the interior of the piece. Also featured is a distinct rollover lip and some very fine flow lines.

68.0 grams

45 mm x 27 mm x 26 mm

$544.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 77.9 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

Excellent, highly sculptural individual with the beginnings of orientation visible, and presenting elongated regmaglypts, multi-tiered rollover lips and some flow lines. This specimen gives the impression of motion and flying through space.

77.9 grams

63 mm x 26 mm x 19 mm

$623.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 82.4 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

A superb, highly sculptural individual, with significant regmaglypts. This piece is oriented, with flow lines and well-delineated multiple rollover lips. Spectacular!

82.4 grams

48 mm x 39 mm x 21 mm

$660.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 180.8 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
180.8 gram oriented individual

An elongated oriented individual with large, shallow regmaglypts, rollover lip and prominent display of a lamella band. There is just the slightest trace of flow lines.
82 mm x 41 mm x 17 mm
$1,265.00

SUPER PREMIUM ORIENTED SPECIMENS WITH FLOWLINES
The finest examples of ablation in action
 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 71.6 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

New listing
Marvelous highly oriented individual with characteristic snub-nosed ablated heat shield leading edge, flow lines, and multiple rollover lips. A real beauty.

Don't miss the large pictures! >>>

71.6 grams

34 mm x 34 mm x 22 mm

$575.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 83.5 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
83.5 gram oriented individual

An oriented individual with very shallow regmaglypts, multiple rollover lips, and light flow lines. This piece features a sharp, relatively shallow slash cutting across the piece. Rather intriguing.
58 mm x 39 mm x 16 mm $668.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 96.9 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
83.5 gram oriented individual

This spectacular orientated individual has a veritable waterfall of flow lines cascading across multiple faces. Add to that, an excellent shape, light rollover lip, and delicate flowlines.
53 mm x 38 mm x 28 mm
$775.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 103.0 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
103.0 gram oriented individual

An intriguing shaped nugget with sweeping, gentle flowing edges, deep crevasse and one side with glorious regmaglypts. This piece also features rollover lips on multiple edges and flow lines running down a few of the ridges.
$824.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 162.1 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
162.1 gram oriented individual

Excellent regmaglypted and oriented individual with distinct dual rollover lip layering, flow lines and just a hint of original patina.

54 mm x 48 mm x 33 mm
$1,296.00

A VERY SPECIAL OFFER — FREE WITH PURCHASE
For a limited period of time, every Sikhote-Alin meteorite purchased from us will be accompanied by a complimentary copy of Eleven Space Sculptures — a strictly limited hand numbered art postcard designed exclusively for us by Stanegate Studios. Eleven Space Sculptures features original photographs of eleven outstanding Sikhote-Alin meteorites, and is inspired by vintage mineral illustrations from the Nineteenth Century. Learn more about the Sikhote-Alin meteorite postcard here >>>

[pictured left] Eleven Space Sculptures limited edition art card

SIKHOTE-ALIN WORLD CLASS MUSEUM SPECIMEN
Iron Meteorite (IIAB)
 

SIKHOTE-ALIN
Magnificent individual with natural hole and orientation

New Listing
A miraculous individual that has everything: amazing orientation, superb regmaglypts, a protruding "tail" or "finger," pristine surface features (no rusting or pitting) and even a natural hole! Simply as good as it gets. This one has been in the Aerolite vault for many years and will be impossible to replace. We got into meteorite collecting for pieces like this! More >>>

2105 grams    121 mm x 112 mm x 86 mm
$21,000.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN (SHRAPNEL)
Iron Meteorite (IIAB)
These exciting specimens are from the same fall, but are known as shrapnel specimens. They broke due to atmospheric pressure and/or mid-air collisions, and possibly also explosive fragmentation upon impact. These pieces really show the power and fury of an iron meteorite fall: ripped and torn edges reminiscent of bomb shrapnel. These pieces are very rare — they have not been cleaned and still have their attractive, natural ochre patina.

SIKHOTE-ALIN 1,321 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
1,321 gram shrapnel fragment

Substantial shrapnel piece with excellent shape. Sharp, jagged edges on one side and a smooth opposing face are an intriguing study in texture contradictions.
71 mm x 39 mm x 33 mm
$1,321.00

SIKHOTE-ALIN 3,330 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia
3,330 gram shrapnel fragment

Large imposing shrapnel piece with clearly defined crystal structure leading to numerous sharp promontories and wonderful shape. Impressive.
157 mm x 117 mm x 73 mm
$3,300.00



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TAZA (NWA 859)
Iron Meteorite (ungrouped) Plessitic octahedrite
A colleague of ours in Europe calls this gorgeous meteorite "The Princess of the Irons" and the title is well deserved. Found near the Moroccan town of Taza in 2001, this rare desert iron is an ungrouped (UNGR) plessitic octahedrite and is also known as Northwest Africa 859. Taza irons display a lovely caramel colored patina; many specimens retain some original blue-grey fusion crust, and many also show features of orientation. Although similar in appearance to Sikhote-Alin individuals, the Taza shower was tiny in comparison, with a total known weight of approximately 100 kg. The majority of Taza irons are very small — less than 20 grams. We are particularly pleased to offer excellent complete slices, something that is very rarely seen, due to the small size of most recovered pieces. One of our favorite meteorites!
ETCHED SLICES AND END CUTS

TAZA (NWA 859) 557.8 grams
Plessitic octahedrite  Found 2001 Northwest Africa
557.8 gram end cut

A real treat for collectors of end cuts, as Taza ends are extremely rare and this is only the second one we've ever had. A lovely etch with three large inclusions.
101 mm x 56 mm x 49 mm     
$1,675.00

COMPLETE INDIVUDUALS

TAZA (NWA 859) 180.4 grams
Plessitic octahedrite  Found 2001 Northwest Africa
180.4 gram oriented individual

Gorgeous highly sculptural individual. We just don't see Tazas of this size anymore. Beautiful patina, lots of remnant fusion crust and a splendid shape too!
84 mm x 36 mm x 31 mm  
$992.00

TAZA (NWA 859) 213.7 grams
Plessitic octahedrite  Found 2001 Northwest Africa
213.7 gram individual

Amazing individual with good thumbprints, remnant fusion crust, and and inexplicable shape. A significant example of this desirable desert iron.

79 mm x 36 mm x 38 mm  
$1,175.00

REMARKABLE LARGER SPECIMENS
*** Special purchase allows us to offer these FAR below normal retail! ***
 

TAZA INDIVIDUAL 222.6 grams
Plessitic octahedrite Found 2001 Northwest Africa

Taza, the "Queen of the Desert" has always reminded me of Sikhote-Alin. We experimented by having this one cleaned and — what a revelation. Underneath that desert crud hid a large oriented silver bullet with nosecone and rollover lip. Start your own space program with this dazzle ship! Don't miss the large pictures >>>

222.6 grams 67 mm x 50 mm x 34 mm
$700.00

 

TAZA INDIVIDUAL 923.7 grams

A significant, hefty, potato -sized, Taza that is all swooping faces and gentle curves with just one small, contained area of delicate yet, unusually long flow lines.

923.7 grams

101 mm x 70 mm x 53 mm

$2,800.00


WABAR
Iron Meteorite (IIIAB) Crater-forming
AN AEROLITE EXCLUSIVE AND A MOST IMPORTANT OFFERING

The Wabar crater field in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia is one of the most elusive and mysterious impact sites on Earth. The world's only known sand craters of significant size were formed by the impact of a IIIAB iron meteorite weighing many tons. It has a possible fall date of 1863, although some estimates put the age in the thousands of years. The heat and pressure generated by the event formed a diverse and remarkable collection of impactites, including exquisite black glass spheres known as Wabar Pearls. The site has always been nearly inaccessible and has only been visited a few times in history. Shifting sands have slowly filled in the craters over time and they are, today, almost obliterated. First discovered in 1932, differing reports place the number of craters between three and five.

Political events in the Middle East have made the area extremely dangerous and we have been advised by local experts that it is now impossible to reach under any circumstances. As such, we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer this rare and beautiful material, acquired directly from the son of the finder.

Rare as Wabar impactites are, pieces of the actual meteorite are so uncommon as to almost be a thing of legend. These exceedingly rare specimens came from the collection of the son of an oil company geodesist, Mr. Edward L. Elberg, who worked in the empty quarter between 1947 and the early 1960s, preparing maps and seeking drilling locations. In 1951, Mr. Elberg visited the Wabar craters (in the area locally known as Al-Hadida) and personally collected these specimens. He returned to the United States in 1967 and donated some of his collection to an American museum. We acquired all the remaining pieces.

In more than twenty years in the meteorite business we have only once offered Wabar for sale and that was in the form of a single slice. This is the first time we have ever presented individuals and fragments and this is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire material from this fascinating and now-unreachable meteorite site. Travel in the region is now so hazardous — and as the craters continue to experience in-filling — we never expect to see such examples again.

Most of these meteorites appear to be small individuals and a couple even show traces of faint thumbprinting and orientation! Please note the two examples with melt glass attached! We have never seen this on a meteorite specimen before.

An absolute must for collectors of crater-forming irons!

 

WABAR 3.0 grams
IIIAB crater-forming iron, discovered 1932
Al-Hadida, Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia


New listing Shield-like individual with natural desert patina possibly showing orientation.

3.0 grams

16 mm x 12 mm x 5 mm

$75.00

 

WABAR 5.9 grams
IIIAB crater-forming iron, discovered 1932
Al-Hadida, Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia


New listing The most likely candidate for clear orientation, this individual displays a knob-like nosecone and is reminiscent of small, oriented Sikhote-alin individuals that we have examined. Superb.

5.9 grams

21 mm x 15 mm x 7 mm

$148.00


WHITECOURT
Iron Meteorite (IIIAB)
The identification of a new crater in northern Alberta, and its attendant shrapnel fragments in 2007, was one of the most significant meteorite discoveries in recent years. The area surrounding the crater is a national preserve and there is a $50,000 fine for removing meteorite fragments. Two episodes of Meteorite Men were filmed at Whitecourt, and these specimens from outside the preserve were found by one of my friends and hunting partners, and have been granted official export permits from the Canadian Government. An attractive color copy of that permit accompanies each of these specimens. Intensive hunting at Whitecourt by the experienced Canadian team means there are almost no pieces left to be found, and we are delighted to be able to offer a small number of these highly collectible crater-forming meteorites.

WHITECOURT 13.9 grams
Iron (IIIAB) Identified 2007, Alberta, Canada
13.9 gram shrapnel piece

Dome shaped piece with a small protruding "thumb" on the reverse face, and natural patina.

28 mm x 18 mm x 16 mm   
$210.00

WHITECOURT 38.6 grams
Iron (IIIAB) Identified 2007, Alberta, Canada
38.6 gram shrapnel piece

Appealing specimen with one highly rounded face, one concave face, natural patina, and a tiny, twisted "thumb." Nice.

33 mm x 26 mm x 18 mm   
$465.00

WHITECOURT 38.9 grams
Iron (IIIAB) Identified 2007, Alberta, Canada
38.9 gram shrapnel piece

Substantial shrapnel specimen with numerous small "feet" protruding from one face, and natural patina.

33 mm x 29 mm x 19 mm   
$467.00

WHITECOURT 48.9 grams
Iron (IIIAB) Identified 2007, Alberta, Canada
48.9 gram shrapnel piece

Substantial specimen with good surface features and a particularly appealing bright orange patina.

43 mm x 32 mm x 19 mm   
$576.00

WOLF CREEK
Iron Meteorite (IIIAB)
Australia's largest meteorite crater is also one of the most spectacular and best preserved on Earth. The impactor is thought to have hit our planet at least 300,000 years ago. Wolf Creek specimens are weathered into strange and intriguing amorphous shapes, display an attractive rose and ginger patina, and are one of our planet's oldest known meteorites. Hunting at the crater is now illegal, and this extremely difficult-to-acquire meteorite is a must for collectors of crater-forming irons.
 

WOLF CREEK INDIVIDUAL 1,122.8 grams

This unusually large specimen displays the characteristic brain-like shape often seen in sizeable complete individuals of this ancient and intriguing meteorite. The last large example in our inventory.

1,122.8 grams

104 mm x 75 mm x 92 mm

$1,350.00



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