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.

Calcite with Hematite inclusions
Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
27.0 x 19.0 x 16.0 cm
Current Bid: $165
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Azurite ex. Wayne Thompson
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Cananea, Mun. de Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
8.0 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
Current Bid: $9,550
Bidder: alexandcarolite
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Pyrite on Red Quartz (rare combination piece!)
2nd Soviet Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
15.0 x 13.0 x 7.0 cm
Current Bid: $625
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Malachite (polished)
Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
15.0 x 13.0 x 8.0 cm
Current Bid: $160
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Quartz with Hematite inclusions
Wuhuashan Mountain, Jiangxi Province, China
11.0 x 9.0 x 5.0 cm
Current Bid: $180
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Selenite var. Desert Rose
Gansu Province, China
19.0 x 18.0 x 9.5 cm
Current Bid: $171
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Turquoise nugget (complete)
Lander County, Nevada, USA
18.5 x 12.5 x 3.5 cm
Current Bid: $210
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Fluorite on Celestine
Clay Center, Ottawa Co., Ohio, USA
8.5 x 6.8 x 5.0 cm
Current Bid: $875
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Fluorite on Fluorite (iridescent) in pockets
Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Paulding Co., Ohio, USA
15.5 x 9.7 x 8.0 cm
Current Bid: $260
Bidder: kjg
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Fluorite on Fluorite (iridescent)
Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Paulding Co., Ohio, USA
11.5 x 10.5 x 9.5 cm
Current Bid: $110
Bidder: kjg
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Fluorite with phantoms & Chalcopyrite
Denton Mine, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
16.0 x 11.0 x 10.5 cm
Current Bid: $1,200
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Smithsonite var. Cadmium (classic USA locale)
Monte Cristo Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA
11.0 x 9.5 x 7.5 cm
Current Bid: $100
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Scolecite on Stilbite
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
25.0 x 18.0 x 15.0 cm
Current Bid: $550
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Heulandite on Quartz
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
17.0 x 8.5 x 8.0 cm
Current Bid: $100
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Fluorite & Baryte
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
18.0 x 16.0 x 13.0 cm
Current Bid: $580
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Calcite (twinned) in Apophyllite geode
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
17.0 x 16.0 x 10.0 cm
Current Bid: $149
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Calcite on Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
19.0 x 14.5 x 10.5 cm
Current Bid: $1,050
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Arsenopyrite with Quartz
Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco Dist., Portugal
15.0 x 14.0 x 4.0 cm
Current Bid: $166
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Pyromorphite var. Arsenian ex Bob Hopper collection
Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene Dist., Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
13.5 x 12.5 x 10.0 cm
Current Bid: $1,050
Bidder: alexandcarolite
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Sulfur on Aragonite
Agrigento (Girgenti), Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy
14.0 x 10.5 x 8.0 cm
Current Bid: $575
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Fluorite with Dolomite
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
17.0 x 15.5 x 11.0 cm
Current Bid: $503
Bidder: Private Bidder
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twinned Calcite var. Manganoan (fluorescent)
Nikolai Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
12.0 x 9.5 x 8.5 cm
Current Bid: $1,300
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Fluorite - classic 'ice cubes' style
Nikolai Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
13.5 x 10.0 x 8.0 cm
Current Bid: $3,150
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Apophyllite on Stilbite
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
12.0 x 10.8 x 7.0 cm
Current Bid: $410
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Pyrite (rare locality)
2nd Soviet Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
13.0 x 11.0 x 8.0 cm
Current Bid: $110
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Cavansite & Stilbite
Wagholi Quarries, Wagholi, Pune Dist., Maharashtra, India
12.0 x 8.0 x 8.0 cm
Current Bid: $2,625
Bidder: Private Bidder
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Calcite (fluorescent) var. Manganoan
Bor Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
12.5 x 10.5 x 5.0 cm
Current Bid: $185
Bidder: Private Bidder
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