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#1 Kent10

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:59 AM

The Chelyabinsk meteorites seem quite expensive. I am wondering if this is because they are new and will the price go down after the initial excitement. Or is there another reason such as witnessed fall that they are more expensive.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 02:48 AM



Referring to the Ebay price list... :question:

The Chelyabinsk Meteorite entered the Earths Atmosphere as a 10,000 ton Asteroid the exploded at 76,000 feet.. :grin:


http://en.wikipedia....lyabinsk_meteor

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:08 AM

The prices on Chelyabinsk have dropped a good bit since the initial excitement died down. Prices were right around $50/g for the earliest and freshest stones. Over time, the quality of the stones have declined, along with the price.

We are seeing more stones with oxidation issues and more advanced states of decay than previously. At first, the stones were jet-black with a velvety or iridescent appearance. Now we see mottled stones with brown patches and almost all of the broken fragments show oxidation on the exposed matrix.

From what I have seen, the prices have stayed consistent and steady for the highest quality specimens. So, I would expect to pay anywhere from $40-$50/g for the best, pristine, uncut individuals - those will likely retain their value over the long term.

Prices have dropped dramatically for oxidized and broken pieces - $10/g is not unheard of, and I have heard of prices around $5/g in some instances.

The TKW in this fall is huge, so a lot of material is on the market. There is something for every price range. Unlike some previous falls, there is plenty of Chelyabinsk to go around for collectors. :)

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:32 AM

Thanks guys. I bought this small slice of less than a gram. It wasn't too expensive.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:24 AM

It looks like it has a nice black crust on it, very nice! :waytogo:

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:34 AM

Thanks Carol. I don't have the slice yet but it must be pretty small at just under 1 gram so the crust might be hard to see. I have been looking at this one which is not a Chelyabinsk but I thought looks like one with a nice black crust. It is 2 grams.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:25 PM

Thanks guys. I bought this small slice of less than a gram. It wasn't too expensive.



I didn't see any Chelyabinsk Meteorites on their web site... :question:

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:31 PM

Thanks guys. I bought this small slice of less than a gram. It wasn't too expensive.



I didn't see any Chelyabinsk Meteorites on their web site... :question:


I got it from this person on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/...mrs=1&_ipg=&...

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:32 PM

Here is a nice one from them.

http://www.ebay.com/...WITNESS-FALL...

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:41 PM




I need to post a photo of my Chelyabinsk Meteorite when I get a better camera.. :photo:

My kodak digital camera won't focus at closeup all the photos were fuzzy... :mad:






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