CAMPO DEL CIELO — OUSTANDING SCULPTURAL IRON METEORITE FROM THE “VALLEY OF THE SKY”
Lot 2132
CAMPO DEL CIELO — OUTSTANDING SCULPTURAL IRON METEORITE FROM THE “VALLEY OF THE SKY”
Sold for US$ 91,375 inc. premium

Lot Details
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 meteorite—each of its attributes are among the finest of its kind. Originating from the asteroid belt between Mars & Jupiter—the origin of all iron meteorites—this 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 we’re looking at the outermost surface of the meteorite at the moment of impact. Regmaglypts (the “thumb prints” that result from a fiery descent through Earth’s atmosphere) flow in every direction—evidence that this meteorite tumbled, spun and corkscrewed in the minutes prior to impact. The rounded obverse is in contrast with the more flattened face—evidence 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 Cielo—and most major natural history museums today feature a Campo del Cielo—none 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 pedestal’s footprint is 16 inches square.
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