Skip to main content
Go to accessibility options


    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. Covered with well-defined regmaglypts - the small thumbprint-like impressions in the fusion crust caused by burning and melting as the meteorite falls to Earth - this fine and intriguingly-shaped example is from the strewn-field on higher ground, discovered almost 400 years after the Spaniards' first reports, where the meteorites were subject to considerably less weathering and rusting than those that fell in the valley, and as a result are considerably more sought after by collectors. Measuring 13½ x 11¼ x 8¾ inches, weighing 66pounds, and comes with a metal display stand.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 803

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold on Jan 18, 2009 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item