UNION, Ill. — Donley Auctions announces a Meteorite Auction May 18, 2019 featuring the collection of Christina Hollis and Ronald Hubbs.
This impressive collection with over 400 pieces features multiple museum grade pieces including Canyon Diablo, Campo del Cielo, Sikote Alin, multiple classified NWA chondrites, an extensive collection of beautiful Seymchan slices, and the largest EL4 chondrite known to exist.
The auction will also include a collection of astronaut autographs and collectibles.
The NWA 10952 weighing in at 17,208 grams is the world’s largest EL4 chondrite. It was recovered in Northwest Africa in 2005 and sold to an American collector at the Munich show the same year. In 2015 it was acquired by the Hollis Collection and has since been confirmed to be an EL4 chondrite, 1 of only 17 known and by far the largest.
Donley Auctions has been honored to work with Dr. Paul P. Sipiera in classifying and authenticating this collection. Paul is a planetary geologist with a MS degree in Earth Science from Northeastern Illinois University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Science from the University of Innsbruck. He is a retired geology and astronomy professor from Harper College, a former Research Associate for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, has Asteroid 31931 named in his honor and is the recipient of many other distinguished awards. He is currently the President of The Planetary Studies Foundation in Elizabeth, Illinois.
Donley’s Meteorite Auction will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. Donley Auctions is located at 8512 S. Union Road in Union, Illinois. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for preview.
Bidders who are not able to attend may bid online by visiting https://www.donleyauctions.com or call the office at 815-923-7000 to place absentee bids.
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