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.

Datolite w/ Calcite (rare combo - superb) Ed David Coll.
Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Krai, Russia
12.3 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm
Current Bid: $131
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Gem Tanzanite (28.12 carats)
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Manyara Region, Tanzania
2.6 x 2.6 x 0.5 cm
Current Bid: $210
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Wulfenite (1996 find)
Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
5.4 x 4.0 x 3.3 cm
Current Bid: $167
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Germanite (rare - Type Locality) w/ Malachite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
9.3 x 5.6 x 4.7 cm
Current Bid: $10
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Pyromorphite (4 generations)
Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
7.3 x 6.5 x 4.7 cm
Current Bid: $454
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Turquoise nodule pair (Kay Robertson Coll.)
Fox Mine, Cortez Mining District, Lander Co., Nevada, USA
5.9 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm
Current Bid: $45
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Quartz ps. after Anhydrite w/ Calcite & Chlorite (Wouter van Tichelen Coll.)
Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA
8.8 x 4.3 x 1.9 cm
Current Bid: $386
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Rhodochrosite
Ushkatyn No. 3 deposit, Zhayrem, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
6.3 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm
Current Bid: $50
Bidder: duncangb
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Dravite Tourmaline (Bob Reynolds Coll.)
Yinnietharra, Western Australia, Australia
5.4 x 4.4 x 4.3 cm
Current Bid: $36
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Gemmy Aquamarine xls (NEW Find)
Nagar, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.0 x 5.2 x 5.5 cm
Current Bid: $420
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Reticulated Cerussite (classic Arizona) Bob Reynolds Coll.
Mammoth-Saint Anthony Mine, Tiger, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA
8.3 x 5.8 x 5.6 cm
Current Bid: $35
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Stibnite (California)
McLaughlin Mine, Knoxville, Napa Co., California, USA
5.5 x 4.9 x 3.5 cm
Current Bid: $208
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Gem DT Indicolite Tourmaline
Pederneira mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.6 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm
Current Bid: $470
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Fluorite ball on Amethyst (rare combo)
Mahodari, Sinnar, Nashik District, Maharashtra, India
6.3 x 6.1 x 5.0 cm
Current Bid: $91
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Dolomite (James Carter self-collected)
Black Rock, Lawrence Co., Arkansas, USA
11.1 x 6.3 x 2.2 cm
Current Bid: $28
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Prehnite w/ Graphite
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Manyara Region, Tanzania
3.1 x 2.9 x 0.7 cm
Current Bid: $50
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Spinel-twinned Copper (New Find)
Chengmenshan Mine, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China
8.3 x 5.5 x 1.7 cm
Current Bid: $50
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Pseudocubic Wulfenite w/ Calcite (2008 find)
San Juan Poniente, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
7.0 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm
Current Bid: $35
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Tourmaline (doubly-terminated crystal) (ex Dave Bergman Collection)
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California, USA
3.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm
Current Bid: $90
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Gold on Quartz
Oriental Mine, 16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany, Alleghany Mining District, Sierra County, California, USA
1.4 x 1.2 x 0.7 cm
Current Bid: $35
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Vauxite with Paravauxite (very rare)
Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia (Type Locality for both species)
7.1 x 5.1 x 1.8 cm
Current Bid: $38
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Barite (ex Dave Bergman Collection)
Estano Orcko mine, Colavi District, Potosi Department, Bolivia
7.1 x 5.3 x 2.6 cm
Current Bid: $10
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Andradite Garnet (var: Demantoid)
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan
7.3 x 5.2 x 4.6 cm
Current Bid: $25
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Quartz (Faden) (RARE matrix piece!)
Tole (Tui), Wana, South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
10.3 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm
Current Bid: $110
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Wulfenite (ex Bob Reynolds Collection)
Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona, USA
2.2 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm
Current Bid: $10
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Bornite (ex David Burgess Collection)
Dzhezkazgan mining district, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
5.0 x 4.2 x 2.3 cm
Current Bid: $10
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Wire Silver
Beaverdell, Greenwood Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada
1.1 x 0.8 x 0.1 cm
Current Bid: $10
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Hemimorphite with Calcite (ex Bob Reynolds Collection)
Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico
7.5 x 7.3 x 5.2 cm
Current Bid: $10
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Fluorite (classic material)
Moscona Mine, Solis, Corvera de Asturias, Villabona mining area, Asturias, Spain
13.2 x 10.3 x 3.3 cm
Current Bid: $10
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Millerite with Siegenite (rare locality specimen) (ex Raul Sanabria Orellana Collection)
Eugenia Mine, Bellmunt del Priorat, Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
3.7 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm
Current Bid: $15
Bidder: Private Bidder
Time Left:
Close Time: 04/22/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)