Lot 4009: Campo del Cielo Etched End Cut Meteorite
18th October 2018
Gorgeous Camp del Cielo iron meteorite end slice, found in Argentina circa 2000. The etched end cut weighs 1,597 grams and measures approximately 115 mm x 65 mm x 42 mm. Iron meteorites were once part of the molten core of an ancient asteroid and likely originated in a parent body within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This striking example, Campo del Cielo, was found in South America circa 2000. The mass has been expertly cut in a lab, and using a diamond-tipped saw, then carefully polished and etched to reveal its marvelous crystalline structure, composed of two nickel-iron alloys. Known as the Widmanstätten pattern, this feature is unique to meteorites. Comprised of about 93% iron and 7% nickel plus trace elements, Campo del Cielo was first discovered in 1576, making it one of Earth's oldest-known meteorites. Analysis of the fall site suggests that its terrestrial age (when it landed on our planet) is much older—an estimated 5,600 years. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as a specimen identification card.
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