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Burkhardt quartic, Barth sextic, and the icosahedron

We study two rational Fano threefolds with an action of the icosahedral group 𝔄5. The first one is the famous Burkhardt quartic threefold, and the second one is the double cover of the projective space branched in the Barth sextic surface. We prove that both of them are 𝔄5-Fano varieties that are 𝔄5-birationally superrigid. This gives two new embeddings of the group 𝔄5 into the space Cremona group.