[meteorite-list] "Is there any religion that invites.... (Burnham's Meteorites?)

From: Michael Gilmer <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:30:40 -0400
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Hi Dan, Mal, and List,

After further thought, I think I can answer my own question. Those
meteorites are probably scattered to the four winds. Burnham's final
years were spent in near-poverty. He was living in a tiny flat and
spent most of his time in Balboa Park painting cats and trying to sell
those paintings. He probably sold off the meteorites to pay bills and
buy food. Although, I did recall one way I might be able to find out.
 I have to send a couple of emails, and I'll share what I learn.

Best regards,


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On 6/12/12, Dan Miller <dannyspl12 at gmail.com> wrote:
> If he didn't have a will and beneficiary it went to probate and ended
> up at auction somewhere. One needs to find his probate attorney or
> living trust executor.
> On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM, Mal Bishop <magbish3 at lowcountry.com>
> wrote:
>> Looks like he's holding a specimen in his hand as well, yes?
>> I'd love to know of the disposition of his collection as well.
>> I like you, Mike, would give a portion of my anatomy for one of Robert
>> Burnham's
>> meteorite samples as well.  If you or anyone has a clue please keep me in
>> the loop as well PLEASE!
>> After Kevin whetted my appetite when announcing he was selling his set of
>> Burnham's Celestial Handbook ( I missed out on the ones he was selling),
>> I went directly to eBay and purchased a hardcover set in very good
>> condition
>> to add to my library.  Don't know why I hadn't purchased a set long, long
>> ago.
>> As much as I love astronomy and books, it just defies me why I didn't
>> have
>> Robert's work in my collection till now.
>> Regards,
>> Mal
>> On 6/12/2012 11:59 AM, Michael Gilmer wrote:
>>> Hi List,
>>> One last thing about this Burnham article.  If you go to the bottom of
>>> the first page, there is a link to part two of the article.  The photo
>>> at the top of part two shows Burnham in his "lab", surrounded by his
>>> eclectic collection.  In the center is a white cabinet similar to a
>>> medicine cabinet.  This cabinet is filled with meteorite specimens.
>>> You can clearly see them and their specimen cards. There also appears
>>> to be more specimens laying on the top of the cabinet.
>>> Does anyone know which meteorites these are?  And does anyone know
>>> where these meteorites are now.  I would give my right arm for one of
>>> these specimens with Burnham provenance.  If anyone knows where I can
>>> acquire one of these, please contact me off-list and let me know.
>>> Such a specimen would have very special meaning for me.
>>> Best regards,
>>> MikeG
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