[meteorite-list] Modern Burnishing

From: Jason Utas <meteoritekid_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:23:04 -0700
Message-ID: <CABEOBjJ71MhZAzVQuFOK=rE25a6AgpuqCpS2E0wdZQGyaDYb-Q_at_mail.gmail.com>

The photo of Haig shows concave depressions, not bulbous lumps. It?s not
good photo perspective.

The closest visual match to this stone would be something like Patos de
Minas (the octahedrite), but comparing a relatively fresh desert stone with
fusion crust ? to a fissured, decomposing iron from a much more wet climate
doesn?t make sense.

Consensus when this NWA surfaced on Facebook was that it was a broken
oriented stone, ?creatively? altered to disguise the damage.

Without a real forensic assessment, I would not feel at all comfortable
calling it natural. It may technically be ?art.? I don?t think the
bidders in these auctions know or care either way.


On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 10:42 PM Paul Gessler via Meteorite-list <
meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:

> Want everyone's opinion / on this highly unusual morphology.
> I don't doubt it is a real meteorite at all just that one side looks
> altered
> Christies is currently selling it and gives a cryptic explanation for its
> shape as "Modern burnishing"
> What the hell does that mean exactly?????
> they also mention it could be naturally ventifacted.???????????
> Either way I have never seen anything quite like it in the meteorite world.
> Anyone else have an explanation ... please chime in on this.
> https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/deep-impact-lunar-rare-meteorites/evoking-sculpture-ken-price-exotic-meteorite-morphology-nwa-13203-38/82821
> Thanks
> Paul Gessler
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