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    LARGE CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITE WITH CUSTOM PEDESTAL
    Iron, coarse octahedrite - IAB-MG
    Gran Chaco, Argentina - (27° 28'S, 60° 35'W)
    Campo del Cielo meteorites were first written about by Spanish explorers in 1576, nearly 4,000 years after their collision with Earth and far before their unearthly origins were understood. It was a Campo that was the first large meteorite ever displayed at the British Museum of Natural History, and several large - and highly weathered - Campo del Cielo ("Valley of the Sky") masses can be found in the finest museums throughout the world today. Fortuitously, a previously unknown area of the Campo strewn field (the area in which a meteorite shower is "strewn" across the Earth's surface) was discovered several years ago. Located at a higher elevation than the valley where the majority of Campos fell, the meteorites from this area were less susceptible to incursions of ground water and are, as a result, more robust sculptural forms. The meteorite now offered, accompanied by a custom armature, is one such example. With dozens of thumbprints and accented by a bright patina, this large, decorative specimen evinces the quintessence of an iron meteorite. 303 x 179 x 159mm (12 x 7 x 6.25 inches) and 41.92 kilograms (92.3 pounds)

    Provenance: Macovich Collection


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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