Quote:Thanks for the kind words Carol and I'm glad you were able to pick up a nice micro! I think anyone purchasing this fall right now, myself included, are paying a premium to have the most pristine pieces although the prices have been trending way down as material floods in. My first piece cost a whooping $70 a gram but it does have some nice flowlines and evidence of orientation as well as rock solid provenance. A couple of weeks later, I picked up my second stone, also a fresh and complete individual, for around $25 a gram. I predict $10 a gram by years end but I am still happy to have a couple of the early specimens from this incredible fall and have no regrets about my purchases. Jon
Quote:Thank you for the the compliment. My second specimen is en route from a reliable Russian source and I will post a photo as soon as it arrives. And it appears that the price has dropped to $10 a gram much quicker than many thought, likely the result of a flooded market. I believe it was Mike Farmer who commented that this fall has the potential to produce as much or more than the Gao fall so I expect material will continue to be found for years to come.
Quote:No problem. By the way, I agree with Littlegreenman about the sound effects. Cheesy.
The auction in your first link is for a beautiful oriented meteorite. If it was a larger sample I would bid on it.
The second link is most likely a legitimate meteorite it looks as if it is mostly melt (formally known as impact melt). The melt samples are not as pretty, however they are less common.
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Quote:Hi Littlegreen man,Congratulations you have been a meteorite collector longer than most of us. Your sample from Meteor Crater may not be rust, back in the day the sold solid samples(bye the see shore).
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Quote:For your eyes only, not for sale.From Russia with Love :
Quote:Very nice meteorites, Michael!Today I decided to take an image of my 24.7 grams oriented Chelyabinsk meteorite with some nice background, so we went to a cliff, which is overlooking Pacific. My choice of the background has exceeded my expectations. There were some whales feeding close to the shore. The image is a combination of two images taken from the same place at the same time. Here's a full resolution: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7304/8719241412_d308a6f581_k.jpgAnother view with some flow lines A full resolution is here http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/8719486868_76d179c02c_k.jpg
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