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Lot 38276: Atomic Bomb: Manhattan Project Souvenir.

2011 May Americana & Political Auction #6060

by Heritage Auctions

May 21, 2011

Dallas, TX, USA

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Description: Atomic Bomb: Manhattan Project Souvenir. We come across some odd items in our line of work, and this is one of them. Apparently, after testing the first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert, scientists of the Manhattan Project figured they'd like to have a souvenir. The radiation and heat generated by the blast melted some of the sand into mini-boulders, later termed "Trinitite." One of these rocks was encased in a glass dome and mounted on a Bakelite paperweight base inscribed "Melted Sand Alamogordo Test July 16, 1945." The weight measures 5.5" x 5.5" x 3" and may be one of only five produced. The rock has taken on a greenish color and appears other-worldly. We don't know if it's still radioactive. We hope not.

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