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    CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITE - COMPLETE METEORITE
    FROM "THE VALLEY OF THE SKY"

    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Gran Chaco, Argentina

    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. More than 100 tons of meteorites have since been recovered from the Campo site. The first large meteorite displayed at the British Museum of Natural History in 1826 was a Campo, and several large masses have been graced with names such as El Taco, El Toba, and El Mataco and can today be found in the foremost museums throughout the world. Rather small by comparison, and nameless, this meteorite nonetheless captivates and enchants. The asteroidal texture (which is paradoxically predominantly the result of exposure to the elements on Earth over a period of hundreds of years) is rendered in a natural charcoal patina. The anvil-like flat edges of this specimen reveal that it broke along a crystalline plane. This Campo also features fusion crust and regmaglypts-unusual for Campos. 159 x 81 x 66 mm (6.25 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches) and 2686 grams (6 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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