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    NATURAL SCULPTURE FROM OUTER SPACE - QUINTESSENCE OF AN IRON METEORITE, FROM ARGENTINA'S "VALLEY OF THE SKY"
    Iron, coarse octahedrite
    Gran Chaco, Argentina
    As this meteorite's pronounced flanges cannot be discerned in the accompanying image, this meteorite must be seen to be fully appreciated. With dozens of thumbprints and accented by a bright natural patina, this decorative specimen evidences the ideal of an iron meteorite. After having collided with Earth, nearly 4000 years ago, Campo del Cielo ("Valley of the Sky") meteorites were first written about in 1576 by Spanish explorers when their unearthly origins had yet to be understood. The first large meteorite displayed at the British Museum of Natural History was a "Campo," and specimens are found today in the world's foremost natural history museums. 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, less weathered. The meteorite now offered, a striking conversation piece in any room it will inhabit, is one such example. Accompanied by a custom armature. 303 x 179 x 159mm (12 x 7 x 6.25 inches) and 41.92 kg (92.3 pounds).

    Provenance: Macovich Collection


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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