Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Tambo Quemado Meteorite Slice
    Iron, IIIAB
    Peru
    Found: 1950

    Tambo Quemado might not be familiar to many people but is one quite interesting meteorite. The Iron was found then reported in 1950 and is one of only a handful of classified meteorites from Peru and the only approved meteorite from the city of Ayacucho. This seminal offering consists of an exquisite slice weighing just over 2 kilograms (5 pounds) with an irregular roundish shape and adequate thickness. This massive etched slab displays a network of Thomson structures providing an intense Widmanst├Ątten patterning. Several large circular inclusions of Troilite give this, otherwise relatively uniform, slice a most artistic appeal and effectively turn the meteorite piece into a work of contemporary art. The mineral is a rare variety, and the unusual round or oval inclusions are often associated with meteorites. This higher end slice contains superb blebs of Troilte, and such inclusions would have made the slab that much harder to cut and prepare for display. The brownish natural rind on the edge of the form adds a level of contrast.
    Overall Measurements: 11.02 x 10.39 x 0.28 inches (28.00 x 26.40 x 0.70 cm), weighs 2.36 kilograms (5.2 pounds)

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


    Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000.

    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. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July
    20th Saturday
    Post-Auction Buys Period Ends
    28 Days 0h 24m
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 383

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Show Auction Type Info

    Buy Now:
    $18,750.00