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bigjohnshea at mail.com
Mon Feb 12 15:09:17 EST 2018
Hope you are well.
Like many meteorites that are more abundant (and therefor tend to drive prices down) the rarity of more desirable features on such specimens is what justifies a premium for a singular specimen. For this reason I agree that the specimen you described would certainly sell at a premium. I don't personally think 10$/g would be entirely unrealistic for it, though it may be hard though to find a buyer for it depending on who you know...
The specimen you describe sounds like a nearly perfect example of an SA, though I would say it could be one step closer to perfect if it had a label on it from the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and came with some other old provenance card from a prestigious European collection. I've seen an 80g, somewhat mundane specimen of SA sell for 25$/g due to having a label from the SAS on it.
John A. Shea, MD
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On 2/12/18 at 12:17 PM, Rick Montgomery via Meteorite-list wrote:
> Good morning List!
> On this Sikhote Alin birthday, I have a question regarding rarity and general value. I have a friend who owns a larger (~1500gr+) oriented, transitional individual with regmaglyphs, external crystalline structure, flow lines, prominent roll-over lipping and most striking of all, complete natural patina. I suggested to him that this combination of characters was quite unusual, and if he were ever to sell it, it should be valued higher than most at that weight.
> Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture but can easily have him send one to me. (It’s not for sale...this is not an ad), but any opinion is welcome. I have seen them from $5/gram to 10$/gr (high!!), but very few with natural patina. Thanks in advance.
> Richard Montgomery
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