[meteorite-list] Sale or cash/trade - Superb El Hammami -

From: Michael Blood <mlblood_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2010 16:31:47 -0700
Message-ID: <C7DD1DF3.CDD4%mlblood_at_cox.net>

See at: http://michaelbloodmeteorites.com/ElHammamiPg.html

This specimen is offered for$18,900- on SALE = $10,000- even or cash/trade
for LARGE, fine S-A and/or
Specimen with large Hole and/or Highly Oriented specimen.
Lg very nice S-A and/or
Really nice specimen with a large hole and/or
Really nice, large Oriented specimen.
           I have a killer, fresh end piece - about 70% fusion crust showing
slight orientation (lipping) and one, flat broken side.
It Weighs 1,890.5g
        I got this from ET the week he got back from toting El Hammami
out of the El Hammami Mountains by camel (this is NOT one of the
stones rusted by camel sweat!) It is, I believe, half of the piece described
below (From The Nakla Dog web page - offered at $10/g).

El Hammami Mountains H5
Fell August 10, 1997 - Tiris Zemmour, Mauritania

As described by the finder, Edwin Thompson

??This is a really neat meteorite with sheets of iron running through it, a
light gray matrix that looks like good ole concrete and beautiful thick
fresh black fusion crust. In some of the stones you can follow the iron vein
through the matrix and into or across the fusion crust! There are lots of
small chondrules showing on the broken surfaces and some of the chondrules
are black which show up well against the gray matrix. This meteorite
represents a fun adventure for me that included seven days on camels, six
days in a 2 1?2 ton all terrain truck, food poisoning for five days and
negotiating for 1 1?2 days over the price of these rocks from the sky and
getting arrested for taking pictures of an Algerian border crossing and
losing all my film in the desert! I just want to know how Nomadic Berbers
have any idea of the value of meteorites, we sat in that tent for almost two
days, five meals and about 30 to 50 glasses of green leaf mint tea,
haggling. I have been going to North Africa since 1972 and have learned the
hard way that if you don't negotiate until it hurts then the people on the
other side of the bargaining table have no respect for you. The success
wasn't that I got what I was there for, but that for several days after that
I was treated like part of the family, this was the honor of a lifetime.
Only one problem, when these wonderful people heard that I was coming to buy
all their rocks they decided to get them ready for us to pack back home and
so they took to them with tent spikes and hammers and made them all small
enough to fit into the camel packs. You'll notice that every single piece is
a fragment. In fact two of the fragments fit back together making half of
what was a gorgeous oriented stone of around 6 to 8 kilos yes, grown men do

        Contact me off list.
        Thanks, Michael
Received on Sat 03 Apr 2010 07:31:47 PM PDT

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