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    CAMPO DEL CIELO - AN OUTSTANDING COMPLETE METEORITE FROM "THE VALLEY OF THE SKY"
    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Gran Chaco, Argentina

    It is uncommon for large meteorites to possess the amount of character seen in the current offering, which is worthy of any natural history museum in the world. Massive and imposing, this iron meteorite originated in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. Nearly 4000 years after having collided with Earth, Campo del Cielo ("Valley of the Sky") meteorites were first written about in 1576 by Spanish explorers when their unearthly origin had yet to be understood. The first large meteorite displayed at the British Museum of Natural History was a "Campo," and several large masses can today be found in the world's foremost natural history museums.

    This meteorite features fusion crust and dozens of regmaglypts (thumbprints created during its fiery descent) - a sought-after and unusual characteristic for Campos as such surface features are frequently lost due to their multi-millennium exposure to the elements on Earth. The character seen here was preserved due to this meteorite having landed in an elevated section of the Campo strewn field, where meteorites were less susceptible to incursions of ground water and other oxidants and are better preserved. Highly sculptural, this meteorite features two broad faces and a pronounced scoop at its base; it is draped in a natural patina ranging from pewter to platinum with charcoal accents. Accompanied by a custom steel pedestal and a Macovich Collection provenance - the world's finest collection of aesthetic iron meteorites - this is a distinguished natural abstract sculpture from outer space. 108.3 kg (238 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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