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Fell October 15th, 1972, Venezuela - L5 Chondrite

A 146-gram part-end of Valera, Venezuela -- The only documented meteorite to have killed. This seldom-seen larger size is accompanied by a copy of the signed affidavit attesting to the events surrounding the fall. It also includes provenance labels from two major collections: The Piatek Collection and Michael Cottingham.

Valera is an L5 that fell on October 15th, 1972 on the El Tinajero Farm in Venezuela. The stone had apparently struck and killed a cow and was found broken into three large pieces.

This cabinet display piece measures approx. 98 x 90 x 15 mm at its widest points, and exhibits some fusion crust along one edge. There is an unpolished saw mark on back from  a previous cut.


I am low on inventory thanks to the booming meteorite economy and increasing scarcity of historic meteorites. Have a historical specimen, book, or a collection you would like to sell or consign? Let me know!