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Estherville meteorite on the auction block

By Staff | Aug 15, 2009

EDINBURGH, Scotland – A large piece of the Estherville meteorite will be put up for public auction on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In a news release to the Estherville Daily News Virtual Newsroom, collector Robert Elliott stated the 15-pound polished slice of Estherville meteorite (estimated at $16,000 – $24,000) forms part of The Robert Elliott Meteorite Collection, the largest privately owned collection of meteorites in the United Kingdom.

The auction will be hosted by Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers – Scotland’s oldest auction house.

The contact number given for auctioneer Gavin Strang is +44 (0)131-5578844 or email info@lyonandturnbull.com.

According to a BBC news report, more than 170 space artifacts, all collected by Elliott, are expected to fetch more than 500,000 pounds.

The collection includes a part of the Hambleton meteorite, found in Yorkshire in 2005 and a helium tank from the Russian Salyut 7 spacecraft.

Also for sale is one of the oldest meteorites known on earth, the Lake Murray meteorite, which was found in rock over 110 million years old in Oklahoma.

About the meteorite

Two miles north of Estherville on Highway 4 is a boulder with a bronze tablet. This great boulder was placed 482 feet east of the spot where the largest piece of the meteor fell and a bronze plate on the stone gives these salient facts.

“The Estherville Meteorite fell 482 feet due west of this plot on May 10, 1879. It was one of the greatest falls on record. Parts of the meteorite are found in important museums of the world. Erected 1929 by Okamanpadu Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.”

It has been said that a large piece of the meteor was loosened and thrown about a mile west of Superior and fell in a pond in Richland Township. This has never been verified. The meteor then separated into three parts, all falling in Emmet County.

After the fall of the meteor, the metallic stone was observed and considered a mystery.

It was in a slough and made a hole 15 feet deep and about 12 feet in diameter. The largest piece weighed 431 pounds although its dimensions were only 26 inches long, 23 inches high, and 14 inches thick.

Two other pieces were also found weighing 151 and 106 pounds each.

Hundreds of fragments were discovered which were sold as souvenirs.

The two largest pieces were bought by the British Museum of London and the 106-pound chunk is owned by the University of Minnesota Museum at Minneapolis.