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    CAMPO DEL CIELO - CLASSIC IRON METEORITE
    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Gran Chaco, Argentina

    Almost 4000 year after its fiery descent to Earth, the Campo del Cielo meteorites were reported by Spanish explorers in Argentina in 1576. The first large meteorite on display at the British Museum of Natural History was a "Campo", and many other large masses from this fall are to be found in the finest museums throughout the world. This classic example is covered in the gently undulating contours of the characteristic regmaglypts - small thumbprint-like impressions in the fusion crust caused by burning and melting as the meteorite falls to Earth - although one section with deeper impressions seems almost to have been fashioned with deliberation to fit the right-hand thumb. The meteorite's fusion crust alternates in tone from a glossy dark gray gun metal color to soft matt areas, and is speckled throughout with attractive hints of rust-red and shining silvery highlights that afford a glimpse of the shimmering metal within. With an attractive, twisted form enlivened by a whimsical protrusion at one end, it measures approximately 7¼ x 6½ x 6¼ inches and weighs 23 lbs, 9 oz.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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