WEEKLY MINERAL & GEM AUCTIONS!

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Current Auctions

Another completely random mix of species, locations, and historic oddities, spanning acquisitions we made between the early 2000s and now. We're offering first sight of many new specimens from the lifelong collections of: Dr. Bob Reynolds, long the curator at the San Bernardino County Museum; and Chet Lemanski (Lemanskiite and MINDAT fame). So many items in these collections we simply never see on the market today – and yet here they are, up for auction! These are NOT show leftovers, but are being released FIRST to the internet. We have added a selection of tourmalines and fluorescents, as well.  
Highlights:
1. Rare SAPPHIRE from Russia
2. TOURMALINES
3. Classic old Illinois QUARTZ & FLUORITE
4. Large ALMANDINE plate from Austria
5. Franklin fluorescents
6. CALCITES from the Rob Lavinsky Calcite Collection
7. Excellent TANZANITE and VANADINITE specimens
8. NEW FINDS of AQUAMARINE and COPPER
9. Superb Russian DATOLITE and CALCITE from the Ed David Collection

We have a great selection this week, featuring plenty of attractive, fine quality, classic, contemporary, rare and unusual specimens. Look for new discoveries that we picked up at shows or direct from the source. We also have plenty of pieces from various collections that we've purchased over the last year or so including David Burgess, Bob Reynolds, Chet Lemanski, Dave Bergman and more ! You might even find the occasional fossil, lapidary or gem item from time to time. Look here for the not so typical mineral specimens along with plenty of your favorites. We don't just offer the "standard 20 species", but an eclectic mix of specimens that appeal to everybody!
Some of the highlights from this week’s auction include:
1. Doubly-terminated TOURMALINE from the Himalaya Mine, California (ex Dave Bergman Collection)
2. "Leaf" GOLD on QUARTZ from the Oriental Mine, California
3. Fine LINARITE with CALEDONITE from the Reward Mine, California
4. Beautiful unique PURPLE QUARTZ from Indonesia
5. Classic BOURNONITE from the Herodsfoot Mine, Cornwall, England
6. Attractive rarely seen matrix "FADEN" QUARTZ from Pakistan
7. Rarely seen MILLERITE with SIEGENITE from the Eugenia Mine, Spain
8. Wonderful WIRE SILVER specimen from the Beaverdell, British Columbia, Canada
9. Hard to find MOLYBDENITE with RHODOCHROSITE from the Henderson Mine, Colorado
10. Rarities include: ZINC-BEARING OLIVENITE, ANDORITE, VAUXITE, PARAVAUXITE and GOLDMANITE

Continuing with our series of gem auctions, we are offering a selection of fine quality gemstones that we acquired from the inventory of a respected wholesaler with decades of experience in the gem business.
You will find a wonderful mix of well-known, rare, unique and collector quality gems with reserve bids at $10. Pay close attention to the quality in these auctions, as all of the stones are well-cut (many have unique custom cuts) and are not your typical "jewelry store" material. There are many gems in these auctions that one rarely sees on the market, and even the more common material is better than what you'll find in a lot of other venues.

We are proud to offer on behalf of the family estate, the full collection of the late Judge Francis Allegra, noted collector, true friend to minerals, and MR legal columnist. Fran collected rocks since he was a child growing up in Cleveland and then collected minerals once he discovered the world of fine minerals as an art and an asset. He was very careful and deliberate in his acquisition strategy and generally only bought one good specimen each year, especially strongly from the late-1990s through 2010. The core value of his collection is therefore in classics that came out in those years and slightly earlier, including a very significant Dalnegorsk suite of specimens assembled over those decades. Interestingly, this was the most secure mineral collection outside of the Smithsonian in the Washington DC area. This collection, these same pieces you see here, was located in his office in the old red brick judicial building, that looked right across the lawn into the White House. I would venture that more congressman and high-level officials of the US government have seen this collection, than any other private mineral collection, over the years. Fran deserves more of a legacy then we can give it in the space here, so after you look at the auction please feel free to go to irocks.com/allegra and read the blog and article we have posted about him.

Gem Tourmaline
Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
7.1 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm
Current Bid: $440
Bidder: duncangb
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Pyrite octahedrons (Bob Reynolds Coll.)
Animon mine, Huaron mining district, Pasco, Peru
5.4 x 5.0 x 2.5 cm
Current Bid: $35
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Wulfenite altering to Mottramite w/ Quartz (Bob Reynolds Coll.)
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
3.9 x 2.8 x 0.7 cm
Current Bid: $40
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Cobaltoan Calcite
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi district, Lualaba, DR Congo
5.4 x 4.7 x 3.9 cm
Current Bid: $60
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Calcite with Realgar (Rob Lavinsky Coll.)
Jiepaiyu Mine, Shimen deposit, Changde, Hunan, China
5.4 x 3.5 x 3.4 cm
Current Bid: $109
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Hematite on Quartz (classic Arizona)
Big Bertha Mine, Dome Rock Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
2.9 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm
Current Bid: $50
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Reticulated Cerussite (classic form) Bob Reynolds Coll.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
9.3 x 6.4 x 6.3 cm
Current Bid: $255
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Francevillite & Curienite (Type Locality for both) Bob Reynolds Coll.
Mounana Mine, Franceville, Haut-Ogooue Province, Gabon
7.8 x 4.6 x 4.3 cm
Current Bid: $35
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Quartz w/ Fluorite (old classic) Sensel, Clement, Lemanski Coll.
W.L. Davis-Deardorff Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
11.7 x 6.9 x 3.9 cm
Current Bid: $200
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Gypsum ps. Glauberite (excellent) Ordway & Reynolds Coll.
Camp Verde, Camp Verde Mining District, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA
15.2 x 8.0 x 7.2 cm
Current Bid: $30
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Baryte (classic Norway) Bob Reynolds Coll.
Styggedalsgangen, Trak, Bamble, Vestfold og Telemark, Norway
11.0 x 4.3 x 2.7 cm
Current Bid: $60
Bidder: Private Bidder
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large gem Quartz xl (Ron Coleman Coll.)
Ron Coleman Mine, Jessieville, Garland Co., Arkansas, USA
15.6 x 7.9 x 5.4 cm
Current Bid: $591
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Almandine Garnets (classic locale)
Granatenkogel north slope, Gaisberg valley, Imst District, Tyrol, Austria
13.5 x 10.5 x 6.0 cm
Current Bid: $1,202
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Fluorite
Fontsante Mine, Var, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
14.7 x 9.6 x 5.2 cm
Current Bid: $407
Bidder: Private Bidder
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large Vanadinite
Mibladen, Midelt, Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
15.5 x 8.3 x 5.0 cm
Current Bid: $60
Bidder: Private Bidder
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large Calcite plate
Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
22.1 x 12.0 x 4.0 cm
Current Bid: $96
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Corundum var. Sapphire (Bob Reynolds Coll.)
Soboba Hot Springs, San Jacinto Mts, Riverside Co., California, USA
12.6 x 8.4 x 6.1 cm
Current Bid: $105
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Tourmaline, Quartz and Cleavelandite
Pech, Dara-e-Pech District, Kunar, Afghanistan
13.0 x 6.5 x 4.3 cm
Current Bid: $780
Bidder: Private Bidder
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"Ram's horn" Selenite (Gypsum) Bob Reynolds Coll.
Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
12.6 x 9.1 x 6.9 cm
Current Bid: $36
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Calcite "brain" w/ Quartz & Pyrite (Chet Lemanski Coll.)
Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
13.0 x 10.1 x 6.4 cm
Current Bid: $100
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Sphalerite, Willemite & Franklinite (RARE - classic locale) Chet Lemanski Coll.
North Ore Body, Sterling Mine, Franklin Mining Dist., Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
12.0 x 10.5 x 10.0 cm
Current Bid: $70
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Opal in Petrified Wood (RARE Thailand) Chet Lemanski Coll.
Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand
12.0 x 10.7 x 7.0 cm
Current Bid: $535
Bidder: Private Bidder
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DT Calcite xls (fluorescent) Rob Lavinsky Coll.
Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
13.3 x 7.4 x 4.7 cm
Current Bid: $130
Bidder: jabaco
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Willemite, Franklinite & Calcite (classic locale) Chet Lemanski Coll.
Franklin Mine, Franklin Mining District, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
14.6 x 10.1 x 8.7 cm
Current Bid: $60
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Sapphire (RARE - old) Fersman Museum
Miass, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia
9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 cm
Current Bid: $360
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Vanadinite (excellent - 2019 find)
Mibladen, Midelt, Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
8.1 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm
Current Bid: $260
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Scolecite on Stilbite
Nashik District, Maharashtra, India
12.8 x 10.8 x 5.5 cm
Current Bid: $53
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Almandine Garnet (rare old New York) Testone & Lemanski Coll.
Bedford, Westchester Co., New York, USA
2.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm
Current Bid: $200
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Bismuthinite & Quartz (Cilen & Lemanski Coll.)
Atocha-Quechisla mining district, Potosi, Bolivia
11.7 x 7.3 x 4.6 cm
Current Bid: $200
Bidder: jabaco
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Red Apophyllite (rare), Stilbite & Mordenite
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India
11.8 x 9.5 x 7.7 cm
Current Bid: $60
Bidder: Private Bidder
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