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Cuprite (superb 1970's classic) David Burgess Coll. viewBack to PRE-CHRISTMAS END OF THE YEAR MINERAL COLLECTION AUCTIONS:
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Onganja Mine, Seeis, Windhoek District, Khomas Region, Namibia
  • Starting Time:12/13/2018 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:12/20/2018 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:4.7 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Size Description:Miniature

Description:Some of the finest cuprites in the Mineral Kingdom came from the famous 1970s finds at this extinct mine. This is a superb miniature with highly unusual crystal form. Most cuprites from here are textbook octahedrons, but this striking cutie is dominated by a super sharp, 3.0 cm flattened octahedron. Malachite has been removed from the crystals, exposing the lustrous, metallic, deep wine-red color. The fabulous cherry-red color of these gemmy cuprites really explodes in the backlit photo. Ex David Burgess Collection, for whom Burgessite has been named. Burgessite is a extremely rare cobalt hydrogen arsenate. Valued at $2500-3500. Onganja cuprites of this quality and rarity are SELDOM on the market.

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