George Elling, lifelong mineral collector and former computer sector stock analyst for Deutschbank, has collected the classics for decades. 

He majored in Economics at Allegheny College but has always been a long time mineral enthusiast. During a recent visit to Allegheny, Mr. Elling also made a donation for the Geology Department to purchase new museum quality mineral cases and donated new mineral specimens that are highlights of the displays. The new mineral displays are an overwhelming hit – be sure to visit Alden Hall and see them if you live nearby! Although the large collection encompassed all old classics, particularly USA pieces, Elling has focused his mineral collection on the world famous Franklin, New Jersey locality. It remains one of the most significant in that focus. 

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Gmelinite ps. after Chabazite-Ca ex Atheneaum 1800s
Pinnacle Rock, Five Islands, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
8.8 x 4.4 x 4.2 cm
Winning Bid: $129
Siderite ps. after Calcite (superb pseudomorph!)
Herja Mine, Kisbanya, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
7.3 x 6.9 x 5.5 cm
Winning Bid: $227
Almandine Garnet
Karoi District, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe
3.3 x 3.1 x 2.9 cm
Winning Bid: $291
Powellite (fluorescent) on Stilbite
Nashik District, Maharashtra, India
4.1 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm
Winning Bid: $150
Vesuvianite (interesting history to US Ambassador!)
Sandare', Nioro Cercle, Kayes Region, Mali
5.7 x 4.1 x 3.7 cm
Winning Bid: $100
Smithsonite (Rare Antique Polished slice) Wadsworth Atheneaum
Lavrion Mining District, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece
8.9 x 7.2 x 3.6 cm
Winning Bid: $130
Andakatany Deposit, Manandriana, Amoron'i Mania, Madagascar
2.8 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm
Winning Bid: $113
Rhodonite and Galena
Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
2.2 x 1.2 x 0.4 cm
Winning Bid: $385
Pyrite on Galena
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash, Peru
7.7 x 5.2 x 4.5 cm
Winning Bid: $80
Pink Smithsonite var Cobaltian
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
3.1 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm
Winning Bid: $200
Dravite Tourmaline
Power's Farm, Pierrepont, St. Lawrence Co., New York, USA
1.6 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm
Winning Bid: $35
Mimetite var. Campylite (old 1800s classic)
Pribram District, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
6.7 x 5.1 x 2.1 cm
Winning Bid: $471
Elbaite (set of 5)
Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.8 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
Winning Bid: $675
Navidad Mine, Abasolo, Rodeo, Durango, Mexico
5.6 x 4.7 x 4.0 cm
Winning Bid: $329
Gypsum var. Selenite (fluorescent)
Red River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
9.5 x 7.2 x 5.2 cm
Winning Bid: $483
Malachite stalactite
Kolwezi, Copper Crescent, Dem Rep of Congo
16.2 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
Winning Bid: $300
Calcite (Var: Cobalt-bearing Calcite)
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
5.8 x 3.0 x 1.1 cm
Winning Bid: $81
Rutile on Quartz
Mount Kaputjugh, Paragachai, Orubad District, Syunik Province, Armenia
8.3 x 6.3 x 5.7 cm
Winning Bid: $460
Cerussite with Chalcotrichite ex Ed David
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
1.3 x 1.2 x 0.5 cm
Winning Bid: $2,500
Azurite with Malachite
Morenci Mine, Morenci, Greenlee County, Arizona, USA
4.9 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm
Winning Bid: $444
Tourmaline var. Fluor-buergerite (TYPE LOCALITY)
Mexquitic de Carmona Municipality, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
6.6 x 3.4 x 2.1 cm
Winning Bid: $610