Assorted Mineral Auction - Various Collections

Mixed specimens this week include gem crystals, classic locales, fine display specimens and a selection of assorted piece from our inventory and collections we've purchased such as Dave Bergman, Brian Kosnar, Kurt Hefendehl, Bill and Anne Cook, Dr. Vasco Trancoso 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.  Wonderful WIRE GOLD on matrix from California

2.  Beautiful colorless and orange CALCITE from China – ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection

3.  Newly mined IMPERIAL TOPAZ from rare Zambian locality!

4.  Superb rare LEGRANDITE specimen from the Ojuela Mine, Mexico

5.  Outstanding SHARP and GEMMY SPHALERITE crystals on matrix from Russia – ex Rich Kosnar Collection

6.  LARGE RHODIZITE crystal on matrix from Madagascar

7.  Fantastic DEMANTOID GARNET crystal on matrix from Afghanistan

8.  Classic DIOPTASE on CALCITE from Tsumeb – Dave Bergman Collection      

9.  Stellar SYLVANITE crystals on matrix from Fiji!

10. ADAMITE (green and purple crystals) with AUSTINITE from Mexico

Scapolite (GEM quality)
Scapolite Locality, Karur District, Tamil Nadu, India
Ex. Rock Currier
4.6 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm, 14.0 grams
Winning Bid: $124
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima, Peru
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
7.7 x 6.6 x 4.3 cm
Winning Bid: $63
Beryl (var: Goshenite)
Pingwu Beryl Mine, Huya Township, Mount Little Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang, Sichuan, China
Ex. Dr. Vasco Trancoso
7.5 x 6.6 x 1.7 cm
Winning Bid: $100
Fluorite (bi-colored crystals)
Yiwu City, Yiwu Co., Jinhua, Zhejiang, China
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
7.1 x 6.3 x 3.2 cm
Winning Bid: $193
Calcite (excellent twins with Marcasite inclusions)
Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan, China
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
11.2 x 9.3 x 5.4 cm
Winning Bid: $331
Fluorapatite included with ''Byssolite''
Ganadao, Warsak Intrusions, Mohmand District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
3.2 x 1.7 x 0.7 cm
Winning Bid: $85
Andradite Garnet (var: Demantoid) (fine quality)
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan
4.6 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm
Winning Bid: $237
Wagholi, Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Ex. Angela Kosnar
6.1 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
Winning Bid: $130
Quartz (etched crystal) (rare locality specimen)
Womack Lane, Fallbrook, San Diego Co., California, USA
Ex. Tim Sherburn; Bryant Harris
8.2 x 2.1 x 2.0 cm
Winning Bid: $121
Rhodochrosite (rare locality specimen)
630-1000 Stope, 21 Level, Walsh Ore Body, Camp Bird Mine, Ouray Co., Colorado, USA
Ex. Gary Weaver
5.8 x 3.6 x 2.3 cm
Winning Bid: $120
Epidote with Prehnite
An Gearna, Ben More, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK
Ex. Tim Sherburn
7.6 x 6.7 x 2.6 cm
Winning Bid: $111
Crocoite (classic material)
Berezovsk deposit, Beryozovsky, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
6.3 x 3.8 x 2.3 cm
Winning Bid: $99
Stibnite (old classic)
Ichinokawa mine, Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Ex. Colin Manlove
3.8 x 1.7 x 0.8 cm
Winning Bid: $210
Gold (wires!) (rare old locality)
Kenton Mine, Mack House, Alleghany Mining District, Sierra Co., California, USA
3.7 x 2.4 x 1.6 cm
Winning Bid: $410
Flying Insect Fossil
Florissant Formation, Teller Co., Colorado, USA
2.7 x 2.3 x 0.6 cm
Winning Bid: $110
Chalcanthite (lab grown)
Ex. Bill and Anne Cook
8.2 x 6.7 x 6.3 cm
Winning Bid: $134
Smithsonite (uncommon locality)
Touissit-Bou Beker Mining District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
4.7 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm
Winning Bid: $96
Beryl (var: Morganite)
Nuristan, Afghanistan
Ex. Herb Obodda
2.6 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm
Winning Bid: $95
Sphalerite with Galena
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
4.7 x 4.3 x 3.7 cm
Winning Bid: $71
Fluorapatite on Calcite
Liscombe Deposit, Cardiff Township, Highlands East Township, Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada
Ex. Tim Sherburn
7.2 x 4.8 x 4.3 cm
Winning Bid: $199
Aquamarine with Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
5.2 x 5.1 x 3.1 cm
Winning Bid: $130
Sylvanite (rare locality)
Emperor Mine, Vatukoula, Vatukoula Gold Field, Viti Levu, Fiji
Ex. Dr. Vasco Trancoso
9.2 x 4.6 x 3.1 cm
Winning Bid: $331
Mahenge, Morogoro Region, Tanzania
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
2.3 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm
Winning Bid: $220
Calcite with Prehnite
Roncari Quarry, East Granby, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA
Ex. Gerry Morvell; Al Sebela
8.2 x 6.8 x 5.1 cm
Winning Bid: $116
Zapot Pegmatite, Gillis Range, Fitting District, Mineral Co., Nevada, USA
Ex. Tim Sherburn
4.3 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm, 66.0 grams
Winning Bid: $155
Clinozoisite (fine quality)
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Ex. Dr. Vasco Trancoso
4.5 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm
Winning Bid: $158
Koh-i-Maran, Kalat District, Balochistan, Pakistan
8.0 x 7.8 x 3.1 c
Winning Bid: $121
Beryl (important historic specimen - collected circa 1929)
Cummings Quarry, near Albany, Oxford County, Maine, USA
Ex. Thurston M. Phetteplace
9.2 x 4.3 x 3.8 cm
Winning Bid: $210
Antigorite (var: Picrolite) (impressive large specimen - RARE locality!)
Delight Quarry (Dyer Quarry), Soldiers' Delight ridge, Delight, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
19.4 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm
Winning Bid: $180