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If you came upon it in a field, you probably wouldn't pay it any mind. The chunk of metal, so charred by its violent descent to Earth, looks like an ordinary rock.
But on Sunday, when Bonhams in New York puts the piece up for auction, it is expected to go for about $1.3 million.


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In the fall of 1902, Willamette Valley farmer Ellis Hughes, "a humble, intelligent Welshman," (according to Scientific American), was cutting wood near the present town of West Linn when lunchtime came.

"I sat down on the rock. It was about 1 1/2 feet above the ground and very flat" - Ellis Hughes.

His work partner, Bill Dale, stared at the picnic bench and realised it was no ordinary stone.

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Dick Pugh will be in Baker City on Friday to speak during "A Starry Night with LEO," a gathering for those associated with Libraries of Eastern Oregon. Lawson Fusao Inada, Oregon Poet Laureate 2006-08, will also speak.

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A meteorite, by definition, has had an extraordinary journey through the cosmos, but the path of the Willamette Meteorite has been more circuitous than most. It will take yet another detour later this month, when a 2smile.gifound piece of the meteorite will be the star attraction at the worlds first auction by a major auction house devoted exclusively to meteorites. Its expected to fetch $1.1 million to $1.3 million.

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Identified as the U.S largest and Worlds sixth-largest meteorite, this 15.5-ton Willamette Meteorite was discovered in 1902 in Oregon. And today 105 years, it has become a debatable issue.

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The historic Willamette Meteorite is a sacred icon to the Oregon-based Clackamas Indians. The tribe has its own name for the massive space rock - Tomanowas - and has arranged to hold an annual religious ceremony with the meteorite in its home at the American Museum of Natural History.
Now a chunk of the 10,000-year-old meteorite is up for auction, and an American Indian group is denouncing the sale.

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An American Indian group is upset by the planned auction of a 30-pound chunk from the historic Willamette Meteorite.
They say the 10,000-year-old space rock's immense religious significance was ignored.
But the owner of the fragment notes that most of the 15.5-ton meteorite remains untouched, and says the tribe's dismay won't halt next month's sale.

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A chunk of meteorite that once belonged to the American Museum of Natural History is about to go on the auction block, with an estimate of between $1.1 million and $1.3 million. The rock, a 2smile.gifound section of the Willamette Meteorite the largest meteorite every discovered in America will be offered at Bonhams on October 28, in what is being billed as the first-ever auction exclusively of meteorites.

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Historic Meteorites and Related Americana
This October 28th, Bonhams auctioneers will hold a sale of historic Meteorites and related Americana . Among the items for sale: A 30-pound piece of the Willamette Meteorite, the sixth-largest meteorite ever found.
Piece of the meteorite have previously gone on sale - Small pieces of it have sold at prices, weight for weight, eight times that of gold.
Other, less famous meteorites are also up for auction, and include one that is known to have killed a cow when it landed in Venezuela - valued at around $3,000 - $4,000 .

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