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.

Cavansite & Stilbite
Wagholi Quarries, Wagholi, Pune Dist., Maharashtra, India
12.0 x 8.0 x 8.0 cm
Fluorite on Siderite
Second Soviet Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
12.5 x 11.5 x 10.0 cm
twinned Calcite var. Manganoan (fluorescent)
Nikolai Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
12.0 x 9.5 x 8.5 cm
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
Calcite (twinned) in Apophyllite geode
Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra, India
17.0 x 16.0 x 10.0 cm
Fluorite on Fluorite (iridescent) in pockets
Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Paulding Co., Ohio, USA
15.5 x 9.7 x 8.0 cm
Fluorite with phantoms, and Dolomite
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
15.0 x 12.0 x 8.0 cm
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guilin Pref., Guangxi Zhuang Region, China
11.0 x 9.6 x 6.0 cm
Quartz & Schorl with Cleavelandite
Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
21.0 x 17.0 x 15.5 cm
Calcite & Fluorite
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
13.5 x 12.0 x 8.0 cm
Selenite var. Desert Rose
Gansu Province, China
19.0 x 18.0 x 9.5 cm
Quartz with Hematite inclusions
Wuhuashan Mountain, Jiangxi Province, China
11.0 x 9.0 x 5.0 cm
Fluorite with phantoms & Chalcopyrite
Denton Mine, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
16.0 x 11.0 x 10.5 cm
Corundum var. Ruby (fluorescent)
Mysore District, Karnataka, India
5.0 x 4.5 x 4.4 cm
Fluorite - classic 'ice cubes' style
Nikolai Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
13.5 x 10.0 x 8.0 cm
Amazonite & Smoky Quartz
Night Hawk Pocket, Smoky Hawk claim, Crystal Peak area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA
10.0 x 9.5 x 7.3 cm
Dioptase on Calcite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
9.6 x 5.0 x 3.3 cm
Mimetite (1969 pocket)
San Pedro Corralitos, Mun. de Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico
11.0 x 9.0 x 5.5 cm
Turquoise nugget (complete)
Lander County, Nevada, USA
18.5 x 12.5 x 3.5 cm
Pyrrhotite & Galena ex Ed David collection
Nikolai Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
15.0 x 14.0 x 13.0 cm
Calcite on Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
19.0 x 14.5 x 10.5 cm
Tourmaline (1990s classic style!)
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
7.6 x 7.1 x 5.8 cm
Quartz var. Herkimer Diamond
Ace of Diamonds Mine, Herkimer County, New York, USA
12.0 x 12.0 x 6.5 cm