Lyon and Turnbull have made an announcement which will raise hairs on the necks of meteorite collectors everywhere: They've scheduled another sale of meteorites under the heading The Robert Elliott Meteorite Collection: Part II.
Elliott is one of the world's most renowned meteorite collectors. We profiled him and his collection last year, and it's roughly a year since a variety of his spacerocks were sold at the auction house before. At that event over 90% of the 171 lots found new owners.
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Not that the auction is to happen very shortly. Lyon and Turnbull are just beginning to take consignments for what should be a memorable sale with many investment-grade pieces.
Elliott began collecting in his mid-thirties, both through the markets and by finding examples himself. He has chased them all round the world, but has even managed to find two back at home in the UK - one of the worst places in the world to find meteorites as the environmental conditions are hostile.
Elliott's greatest discovery, the Hambleton meteorite, was found when he was on a walk with his wife Irene in North Yorkshire in 2005. It is a beautiful example of a pallasite, the type of meteorite typically regarded as the most visually striking with gem-like olivine typically found in its metallic matrix.
The auction is scheduled to take place in Edinburgh, UK on August 16, with consignments accepted until June 17, 2011.
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