Assorted Mineral Auction

Mixed specimens this week include gem crystals, classic locales, fine display specimens and a selection of assorted pieces from our inventory and collections we've purchased such as Brian Kosnar, Kurt Hefendehl, Colin Manlove, Dr. Stephen Smale, Dr. Vasco Trancoso, Dave Bergman, Bill and Anne Cook, Dave Stoudt and more!  Look for attractive higher value pieces this week, all starting at $10 reserve bids!

 Some of the highlights from this week’s auction include:

1. Beautiful classic rich pink-red RHODOCHROSITE from Peru – ex Brian Kosnar
2. Excellent thick gemmy blue-green TOURMALINE with a rare YELLOW termination from Brazil
3. Fantastic "floater" ARAGONITE specimen from a new find in Spain
4. Eye-catching rich emerald green DIOPTASE with MIMETITE from Republic of Congo
5. Wonderful old time HELIODOR crystal group from Brazil – ex Brian Kosnar
6. Superb rare SODALITE var: HACKMANITE rough and cut set from Afghanistan
7. A unique, top quality, semi-spherical GEMMY FLUORITE specimen from China – ex Kurt Hefendehl
8. Gorgeous classic rare PURPLE (manganese-bearing) ADADMITE from the Ojuela Mine, Mexico
9. Top-notch AMETHYST with red HEMATITE inclusions from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
10. Excellent BUSTAMITE crystals on matrix from Broken Hill, Australia
11.  Rarities include:  CHENEVIXITE pseudomorph after CUPRITE, BIKITAITE and LIROCONITE 

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Fluorapatite (classic material)
Panasqueira Mines, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal
Ex. Dr. Vasco Trancoso
4.1 x 4.0 x 2.1 cm
Winning Bid: $185
Silver ''Leaf'' on matrix
Imiter Mine, Djebel Saghro, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draa Region, Morocco
8.1 x 5.3 x 4.7 cm
Winning Bid: $141
Beryl var: Heliodor
Padre Paraíso, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ex. Brian Kosnar
5.7 x 2.1 x 2.0 cm
Winning Bid: $681
Adamite (Manganese-bearing)
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
4.3 x 3.3 x 2.9 cm
Winning Bid: $180
Aragonite (''floater'' specimen - 2023 find)
Gallo river, Molina de Aragón, Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Type Locality)
5.6 x 3.9 x 3.7 cm
Winning Bid: $320
Sodalite var: Hackmanite (rough and cut set) (fluorescent and tenebrescent)
Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Kuran wa Munjan District, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
4.7 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm (specimen); 9.14 x 7.54 mm (stone), 1.58 ct (stone)
Winning Bid: $155
Beryl var: Emerald
Carnaíba District, Pindobaçu, Bahia, Brazil
Ex. Armon McPherson
11.6 x 8.7 x 8.3 cm
Winning Bid: $520
Corundum var: Sapphire
Bozeman Corundum Co. Mine, Gallatin Gateway, Gallatin Co., Montana, USA
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
8.4 x 7.1 x 3.9 cm
Winning Bid: $130
Chenevixite pseudomorph after Cuprite (very rare)
Sunnyside & Volcano Mines, Alum Gulch, Harshaw Mining District, Patagonia Mountains, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA
4.7 x 4.3 x 3.2 cm
Winning Bid: $135
Dioptase with Mimetite
Ntola Mine, Mindouli, Mindouli District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
7.3 x 6.2 x 3.7 cm
Winning Bid: $251
Corundum var: Sapphire (uncommon locality)
Kola Peninsula, Murmansk Oblast, Russia
7.2 x 6.1 x 3.6 cm
Winning Bid: $125
Quartz (''floater'' specimen with growth interruption lines)
Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk B deposit, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
8.7 x 6.8 x 2.7 cm
Winning Bid: $90
Gold in Quartz
Camp Bird Mine, Imogene Basin, Ouray Co., Colorado, USA
Ex. Dave Bergman
4.6 x 2.9 x 0.8 cm
Winning Bid: $225
Fluorite with Quartz
Riemvasmaak Fluorite Occurrences, Riemvasmaak, Kakamas, Kai !Garib Local Municipality, ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Northern Cape, South Africa
6.2 x 4.5 x 2.6 cm
Winning Bid: $298
Bustamite (classic material)
Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
3.3 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm
Winning Bid: $245
Rhodochrosite (rare locality specimen)
Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
6.0 x 5.3 x 0.7 cm
Winning Bid: $54
Liroconite (rare classic material)
Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, UK (Type Locality)
3.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm
Winning Bid: $824
Aragonite PLUS Copper pseudomorph after Aragonite (two piece before and after set)
Corocoro Dist., Pacajes Prov., La Paz, Bolivia
Ex. Brian Kosnar
2.0 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm and 2.1 x 2.0 x 1.9 cm
Winning Bid: $67
Beryl var: Aquamarine
Klein Spitzkopje granite stock, Spitzkopje Area, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia
5.7 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm, 15.6 grams
Winning Bid: $320
Axinite-(Fe) with Quartz and Epidote
Pampa Blanca District, Castrovirreyna Province, Huancavelica, Peru
7.8 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm
Winning Bid: $90
Quartz var: Smoky
Erongo Mountains, Karibib Constituency, Erongo Region, Namibia
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
9.3 x 9.1 x 8.8 cm
Winning Bid: $260
Quartz var: Amethyst with Goethite inclusions
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
7.3 x 5.2 x 2.9 cm
Winning Bid: $35
Fluorapophyllite-(K) (rare pink color)
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
4.8 x 4.7 x 2.9 cm
Winning Bid: $220
Spessartine Garnet with Smoky Quartz on Microcline
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Ex. Herb Obodda
12.5 x 11.2 x 5.2 cm
Winning Bid: $450
Sphalerite with Tetrahedrite and Quartz
Casapalca Mine, Casapalca, Chicla Dist., Huarochirí Prov., Lima, Peru
Ex. Demetrius Pohl
13.7 x 8.8 x 5.3 cm
Winning Bid: $208
Fluorite (rich color)
Esperanza Mine, Melchor Múzquiz, Múzquiz Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico
Ex. Dave Stoudt
6.4 x 4.2 x 2.7 cm
Winning Bid: $125
Tourmaline (rare locality)
Hyakule, Sankhuwasabha District, Province No. 1, Nepal
3.2 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm, 1.82 grams
Winning Bid: $90
Plumbogummite (fine color and quality)
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo Co., Guilin, Guangxi, China
10.6 x 8.3 x 3.2 cm
Winning Bid: $275
Rhodochrosite with Quartz
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru
Ex. Brian Kosnar
9.8 x 7.3 x 5.4 cm
Winning Bid: $1,100
Spessartine Garnet
Nani Hill, Loliondo, Ngorongoro Dist., Arusha Region, Tanzania
2.6 x 2.4 x 2.3 cm, 29.8 grams
Winning Bid: $120