HOBA Meteorite Partial Slice 3.71g - Iron IVB - Very Rare Iron Ataxite
On Offer: 3.71 gram slice of the HOBA Iron Meteorite, thought to be the largest single meteorite ever found.
TOP Meteorite is excited to offer exceptional and rarely seen Hoba slices cut from a recently acquired 1.263 Kg piece of the Hoba IVB iron meteorite.
It was a stunning specimen with stellar provenance from the estate of Dr. Frederrick Bogumil Lorch, former Chairman and Managing director of the South African Minerals Corporation.
We traveled to Cape Town, S.A. to finalize the deal with the representatives liquidating Dr. Lorch's estate, and took possession of this once in a lifetime specimen of the world's largest known meteorite in mid December of 2018.
When we saw the original label from Dr. Lorch's collection still attached to the specimen, as well as a copy of his collection list mentioning a "piece sawn off the Meteorite of Grootfontein S.W.A...", we knew we had something extra special.
The Hoba meteorite is thought to be the world's largest single meteorite, estimated to mass over 60 tons. It was discovered in 1920 on the Hoba West farm, not far from the city of Gootfontein in Namibia. Too large to move, a stone amphitheater was built around it.
~ 1Kg of the Hoba specimen was acquired by a private museum and the remaining mass was cut into smaller pieces for the collector and research communities. This slice and the few others we may have listed represent all that remains available of these smaller slices.
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