Minerals Auction - Various Collections

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. Vasco Trancoso, Armon McPherson, Bill and Anne Cook 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. Gemmy multi-color TOURMALINE with ALBITE from Pakistan
2. Fine quality SMITHSONITE (reminiscent of the Kelly Mine) from Republic of the Congo
3. Attractive and hard to find RHODOCHROSITE from Kazakhstan
4. Wonderful DESCLOIZITE crystals on matrix from Berg Aukus, Namibia
5. Unusual hollow botryoidal DIOPTASE from Republic of the Congo
6. Rare GEMMY AZURITE crystals on matrix from Lavrion, Greece
7. Gorgeous fibrous purple SUGILITE on matrix from South Africa
8. A rarely seen HEMIMORPHITE specimen from Kazakhstan
9. Lovely GOLD NUGGET from the Yuba River Placers, California
10. Unusual BLACK WULFENITE crystals from the Glove Mine, Arizona


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Tourmaline (GEM crystal)
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.3 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm, 6.8 grams
Winning Bid: $262
Siderite with Albite and Pyrrhotite on Dolomite
Morro Velho Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ex. Bill and Anne Cook
8.1 x 6.8 x 4.9 cm
Winning Bid: $111
Azurite (rare matrix specimen for the locality)
Dzhezkazgan Mining District, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
5.6 x 5.5 x 2.4 cm
Winning Bid: $237
Fluorapophyllite-(K) on Heulandite-Ca
Pashan Quarries, Pashan, Pune District, Pune Division, Maharashtra, India
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
7.7 x 4.7 x 3.7 cm
Winning Bid: $135
Quartz ''casts'' after Fluorite on Quartz
Snowflake #2 Claim, Hematite Gulch, San Juan Co., Colorado, USA
Ex. Gary Weaver
9.6 x 7.2 x 4.6 cm
Winning Bid: $53
Calcite (classic material)
Elmwood Mine, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
8.7 x 7.2 x 4.6 cm
Winning Bid: $120
Quartz var: Amethyst (''Fenster'' crystals)
Piedra Parada, Tatatila Municipality, Veracruz, Mexico
7.3 x 6. 4x 5.1 cm
Winning Bid: $185
Fluorapatite var: Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite on Prehnite (rare)
Foote Lithium Co. Mine, Kings Mountain, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA
Ex. Jack Eaker
6.6 x 3.7 x 2.7 cm
Winning Bid: $72
Fluorite (uncommon locality specimen)
Homestake-Jack Pot Mine, Gold Road Mining District, Oatman Mining District, Mohave Co., Arizona, USA
7.1 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm
Winning Bid: $191
Rainbow Obsidian Heart
La Revoltosa Mine, San Andreas, Magdalena Municipality, Jalisco, Mexico
4.6 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm, 68.5 grams
Winning Bid: $167
Theisite (rare)
Tyrol, Austria
Ex. Colin Manlove
12.8 x 11.2 x 5.4 cm
Winning Bid: $76
Azurite (GEMMY crystals) with Malachite
Christiana Mine, Mercati mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Dist., Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece
Ex. Christos Spiromitros
4.3 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm
Winning Bid: $651
Fluorite on Sphalerite with Pyrite
Atacocha Mine, Atacocha Dist., Cerro de Pasco, Pasco Prov., Pasco, Peru
3.6 x 2.1 x 1.4 cm
Winning Bid: $102
Miserite (very rare) (fluorescent)
North Wilson Pit, Union Carbide Mine, Wilson Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, USA (Type Locality)
Ex. Colin Manlove
5.7 x 3.6 x 1.3 cm
Winning Bid: $45
Quartz var: Amethyst (''Cactus'' / ''Spirit'' Quartz)
Boekenhoutshoek area, Mkobola, Thembisile Hani Local Municipality, Nkangala District Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa
5.8 x 5.3 x 3.7 cm
Winning Bid: $279
Sphalerite (fine crystals) on Pyrite
Eagle Mine, Gilman, Eagle Co., Colorado, USA
Ex. Brian Kosnar
6.3 x 4.3 x 4.2 cm
Winning Bid: $136
Rhodochrosite (uncommon locality)
Ushkatyn No. 3 deposit, Zhayrem, Karazhal, Ulytau Region, Kazakhstan
5.1 x 3.2 x 1.1 cm
Winning Bid: $142
Azurite (''rose'') with Malachite
Northwest Extension, Morenci Mine, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA
4.7 x 2.6 x 1.1 cm
Winning Bid: $245
Quetzalcoatlite (exceptionally rare)
Bambollita Mine, Moctezuma, Moctezuma Municipality, Sonora, Mexico (Type Locality)
2.0 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm
Winning Bid: $410
Afghanite (fine crystals)
Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Kokcha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
10.8 x 10.5 x 4.8 cm
Winning Bid: $205
Gold Nugget
Yuba River Placers, Nevada Co., California, USA
0.6 x 0.5 x 0.2 cm, 0.57 grams
Winning Bid: $135
Calcite (rare locality)
Bismark Mine, Ascención Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
8.1 x 4.6 x 3.6 cm
Winning Bid: $171
Platinum - Palladium ore in Gabbro (polished)
Stillwater Mine, Beartooth Mountains, Montana, USA
Ex. Colin Manlove
6.4 x 4.6 x 0.9 cm, 67.4 grams
Winning Bid: $270
Fibrous Sugilite (fine color and quality)
N'Chwaning III Mine, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape, South Africa
5.7 x 3.7 x 1.8 cm
Winning Bid: $421
Posnjakite (rare locality specimen)
Ajo, Little Ajo Mountains, Ajo Dist., Pima Co., Arizona, USA
Ex. Colin Manlove
4.7 x 3.2 x 2.1 cm
Winning Bid: $501
Epidote (''floater'' specimen - slightly magnetic)
Raskoh Mts., Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Ex. Ron Romanella
7.3 x 5.7 x 3.9 cm
Winning Bid: $217
Fluorapatite on Albite
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ex. Michel Jactat
6.5 x 5.5 x 5.3 cm
Winning Bid: $360
Lepidocrocite with Goethite (great pedigree - 1800s!)
Příbram District, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Ex. Bill and Anne Cook; Josef Vajdak; National Museum (Prague)
8.5 x 5.7 x 4.3 cm
Winning Bid: $475
Wulfenite (rare BLACK crystals)
320' Level, Glove Mine, Cottonwood Canyon, Tyndall Dist., Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA
Ex. Gary Weaver; Paul Andrade
7.2 x 4.6 x 3.7 cm
Winning Bid: $485
Creedite (excellent color)
Navidad Mine (Rodeo Mine), Abasolo, Mun. de Rodeo, Durango, Mexico
Ex. Gary Weaver
6.0 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm
Winning Bid: $420