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Chunk of space rock could fetch £10k at auction
4:36pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
A CHUNK of an asteroid fireball which crashed into a landmark hill 220 years ago is to be offered at auction.
Former aerospace engineer Rob Elliott said he is hoping for up to £10,000 for the 2.9kg section of the only pallasite - a combination of iron and semi-precious gem stones – which has been found in the UK.
The 52-year-old found the rock on a forest track near the White Horse of Kilburn, near Thirsk, in 2005 and named it the Hambleton Meteorite.
He had been on a walk with his wife, Irene, using a golf club with a powerful magnet attached to the end of it.
Mr Elliott believes the metorite must be associated with the Great Meteor of August 1783, which witnesses described a massive fireball passing over the North.
He has previously sold numerous slices of the original meteorite to museums all around the world and to collectors, including a £5.8kg chunk last year which raised £11,000.
Auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull, of Edinburgh, have put an estimate of between £7,000 and £10,000 on the meteorite. It will go under the hammer on August 20.
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