CAMPO DEL CIELO OUTSTANDING SCULPTURAL IRON METEORITE FROM THE VALLEY OF THE SKY
Iron, coarse octahedrite
Gran Chaco, Argentina
Closing this section is the epitome of a large iron meteoriteeach of its attributes are among the finest of its kind. Originating from the asteroid belt between Mars & Jupiterthe origin of all iron meteoritesthis singular Campo del Cielo (Valley of the Sky) meteorite is unusually well-preserved; it looks nearly identical to how it appeared thousands of years ago when it arrived on Earth. The presence of fusion crust informs us that were looking at the outermost surface of the meteorite at the moment of impact. Regmaglypts (the thumb prints that result from a fiery descent through Earths atmosphere) flow in every directionevidence that this meteorite tumbled, spun and corkscrewed in the minutes prior to impact. The rounded obverse is in contrast with the more flattened faceevidence that the meteorite broke along its crystalline planes from a larger mass while in outer space. With pronounced flanges, deep, soft ridges and a burnished platinum patina, this lot comes accompanied by the custom armature shown. While the very first large meteorite ever displayed at the British Museum of Natural History was a Campo del Cieloand most major natural history museums today feature a Campo del Cielonone are as pristine and striking as the lot offered here. Compelling from every angle, this is an outstanding example from the Valley of the Sky and a quintessential large iron meteorite. Macovich Collection provenance.
769 x 381 x 368mm (30 x 15 x 14.5 inches) and 161.1 kilograms (355 pounds). The pedestals footprint is 16 inches square.