[meteorite-list] Australian Iron Meteorite For Sale

From: ken newton <magellon_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon May 10 13:29:17 2004
Message-ID: <409FBBE8.7090209_at_earthlink.net>

A small tidbit not mentioned:
"The federal Government has classified the meteorite as a piece of
cultural heritage and banned its export."

That is confusing. Anyone can buy it but they cannot leave Australia
with it?

Ron Baalke wrote:

>Rare space junk for sale
>news.com.au (Australia)
>May 8, 2004
>FOR a cool $100,000 a rare piece of space real estate could be yours.
>A meteorite that was discovered in a rural field in northern NSW 25
>years ago has been released for sale.
>And while numerous science boffins and academics will no doubt be
>clamouring to own the valuable space junk, only those with cash, and
>considerable amounts of it, will get a look-in.
>Not only is the meteorite large in size (it weighs 11.04kg) but its
>chemical composition has been confirmed as a "coarse octahedrite"
>belonging to a group of iron meteorites `Group IIIF', among the
>rarest meteorites known.
>Throughout the world only six other Group IIIF meteorites are
>officially registered, one of which is the Moonbi meteorite held
>in the Australian Museum.
>"It's a bit like selling artworks. Meteorites are great collectables
>and can be very valuable for scientific or historic reasons," said
>Lex Simshauser of Lex E Simshauser Consulting in Brisbane, who are
>marketing the sale.
>"On the open market, a meteorite of this size and rarity can fetch
>tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
>"It will be really interesting to see who buys it because while a
>lot of universities and museums will want it, they are often
>strapped for cash."
>The meteorite, which is currently held in trust by the Federal
>Government, will go on public viewing next month in Brisbane at a
>site yet to be determined.
>Expressions of interest to buy the meteorite close on June 16.
>Meteorite-list mailing list
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