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I was bumming around Las Vegas today and wandered into the Gold and Silver pawn shop for a look around as the parking lot was open and there was no line to get in. Walking through the shop one of the display cases was filled with nature and science objects and a handful of small meteorites and two larger all iron nickel from the Argentina Campo Del Cielo meteor impact. They were asking $25 for the small ones that were between a nickel and quarter in diameter and $250 each for the large ones. I grabbed one of the large one and asked for a discount and after checking they would sell it for 20% less making it $200 I’m sure I could have bargained more but didn’t care to, the one in my hand weighed 368 grams and had some nice character so I wrapped it up and took it home.  This is a very common meteorite as they go but seemed a fair price at around 1/2 the asking price for most of the similar examples on eBay and although not a bargain I suppose, but if you are in the area and looking for one of these (in a shop) $25 for a small meteorite doesn’t seem to far out of line?

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Very nice, the iron nickel meteorites are much more what I think of when I think meteorite. Not to knock anyone’s finds but most just look like rocks. That’s a meteorite! :smile:

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Being these are so common I felt comfortable taking a horse hair brush made for fine polishing jade and put a light fine polish on the high points to give the structure more contrast, I think it improves the display quality?F6F532E0-9D0B-4358-B884-0003A0A4FAC7.thumb.jpeg.2336ac3a4d8f87c8152d08d3a3e67e9f.jpeg247482A0-940E-4CD6-8E7C-23F5D1B61BAF.thumb.jpeg.1c981c5568f98783776610f3526fe266.jpeg

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For sure, Art! The contrast takes the iron to a higher plane!
Fred

 

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Thanks Fred, I liked it so happy I didn’t screw it up.

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On 2/21/2020 at 10:17 PM, 1515Art said:

I was bumming around Las Vegas today and wandered into the Gold and Silver pawn shop....

I'm assuming you are referring to this one on the History Channel TV show "Pawn Stars".

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I'm surprised you got a decent buy there.  Nice looking meteorite!

 

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3 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

I'm assuming you are referring to this one on the History Channel TV show "Pawn Stars".

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I'm surprised you got a decent buy there.  Nice looking meteorite!

 

Yep that’s the place, first thing I’ve ever bought there but I’ve taken friends shopping for fun when they are visiting the US and they’ve gotten some pretty good deals on stuff after a little haggling.

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I like that brush...never seen one like that before.

strick

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6 hours ago, strick said:

I like that brush...never seen one like that before.

strick

id Be doing a lot of swearing and cursing trying to bundle and tie it that ol horse hair must be some pretty tough stuff. I got a bag full of long strands used for decorating pottery makes an interesting look when you slowly lay the strands on while the clay is just below red heat and has a burnished clay finish, Raku with horse hair on terrasigulata.

not my work but a nice example where the form and decoration complement,

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