[meteorite-list] Heritage Auction has 51 meteorite u for sale

From: Galactic Stone & Ironworks <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:35:49 -0400
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Good catch Paul, that is definitely not a Sikhote.

These big auction houses usually have "experts" at their disposal to
vet their lots and consignors. However, meteorites are still lagging
far behind other collectibles when it comes to authentication. A
convincing-looking piece of fake Tiffany would likely be spotted, but
an obviously misidentified meteorite (or meteorwrong) will slip
through the cracks because Heritage's experts cannot tell a lump of
magnetite from a meteorite - just like how the media's experts cannot
tell the difference between an impact crater and a pothole.

Buyer beware.
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On 9/10/14, Paul Swartz via Meteorite-list
<meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> Heritage will sell anything - all it needs is a buyer. They make no
> guarantee of provenance and do not provide the information necessary to
> search it out.
> Check out this meteorite from the auction catalog
> http://fineart.ha.com/itm/nature-and-science/sikhote-alin-excellent-large-individual-iron-coarse-octahedrite-iiab-maritime-territory-siberia-russia-46/a/5192-73285.s#Photo
> Funniest looking Sikhote I've ever seen. Looks more like a Gibeon.
> Paul Swartz
> IMCA 5204
> MPOD Web Master
>> From: Shawn Alan     (shawnalan at meteoritefalls.com)
>> That meteorite is an expensive door stop. I am surprised Heritage would
>> try to sell that if it hasnnt be analyzed and put into the meteorite
>> data base.
>> S
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