FEATURED AUCTION - Fran Allegra Collection

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
Calcite (fluorescent) var. Manganoan
Bor Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
12.5 x 10.5 x 5.0 cm
Pyrite (rare locality)
2nd Soviet Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
13.0 x 11.0 x 8.0 cm
Fluorite with Dolomite
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
17.0 x 15.5 x 11.0 cm
Sulfur on Aragonite
Agrigento (Girgenti), Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy
14.0 x 10.5 x 8.0 cm
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
Fluorite & Baryte
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
18.0 x 16.0 x 13.0 cm
Heulandite on Quartz
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
17.0 x 8.5 x 8.0 cm
Scolecite on Stilbite
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
25.0 x 18.0 x 15.0 cm
Fluorite on Celestine
Clay Center, Ottawa Co., Ohio, USA
8.5 x 6.8 x 5.0 cm
Malachite (polished)
Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
15.0 x 13.0 x 8.0 cm
Calcite (twinned) - classic 1990s find
Sokolovskoe Iron Mine, Rudny, Kostanay Region, Kazakhstan
13.5 x 11.5 x 7.0 cm
Fluorite (old 1990s style)
Shangbao Mine, Chenzhou District, Hunan Province, China
14.5 x 11.5 x 7.0 cm
Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
13.0 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm
Pyrite (octahedral classic style)
Quiruvilca Mine, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad, Peru
18.0 x 14.0 x 5.6 cm
Hematite (old classic 'kidney ore')
West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England, UK
20.0 x 17.5 x 8.0 cm
Pyrite (Cubic)
Navajun, La Rioja, Spain
11.0 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm
Chalcopyrite and Siderite
Kaiwu Mine, Hezhang Co., Bijie, Guizhou Prov., China
12.5 x 11.2 x 4.5 cm
large Quartz cluster
Collier Creek Mine, Mt Ida, Montgomery County, Arkansas, USA
36.0 x 22.0 x 20.0 cm
Stibnite - famous 2003 best of species find
Wuning Mine, Qingjiang, Wuning Co., Jiujiang Pref., Jiangxi Prov. China
23.0 x 16.0 x 6.0 cm
Smithsonite var. Cadmium (classic USA locale)
Monte Cristo Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA
11.0 x 9.5 x 7.5 cm
Gypsum var. Selenite
Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
10.0 x 9.0 x 5.5 cm
Fluorite on Fluorite (iridescent)
Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Paulding Co., Ohio, USA
11.5 x 10.5 x 9.5 cm
Arsenopyrite with Quartz
Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco Dist., Portugal
15.0 x 14.0 x 4.0 cm
Calcite & Hemimorphite
Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
16.0 x 16.0 x 6.0 cm
Calcite & Pyrite (USA classic!)
Brushy Creek Mine, Greeley, Reynolds County, Missouri, USA
19.0 x 17.0 x 12.0 cm
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite altering to Quartz
Rodneys Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Park Co., Colorado, USA
13.0 x 8.0 x 3.5 cm
Azurite ex. Wayne Thompson
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Cananea, Mun. de Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
8.0 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
Apophyllite on Stilbite
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
12.0 x 10.8 x 7.0 cm
Fluorite (classic find)
De'an Fluorite Mine, Wushan, Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
22.0 x 20.0 x 5.5 cm