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Fluorite (cuboctahedral) with Quartz (ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection) viewBack to THANKSGIVING WEEK FINE MINERAL COLLECTION and INVENTORY LIQUIDATION AUCTION - end SATURDAY November 24th, 2018

Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
  • Starting Time:11/15/2018 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:11/24/2018 06:30:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Start Bid:$10
  • Reserve Bid:$10
  • Current Bid:$513
  • Size:Small Cabinet
  • Size Description:9.6 x 7.3 x 3.6 cm

Description:A classic and a staple from the Shangbao Mine. The Fluorites from this locality are some of the most distinctive, eye-catching and highest quality examples from any Chinese locality. This particular piece hosts a few beautiful sharp, lustrous, very gemmy, rich purple and green "phantom" cubes with octahedral modificatoins, that are wonderfully isolated and aesthetically perched atop a matrix of slightly off-white Quartz crystals. The largest Fluorite measures 18 cm across. All of them are damage free and so elegantly set atop the matrix. Overall, it's very difficult to obtain pieces of this quality with such excellent aesthetics and balance. The piece displays wonderfully and really stands out as a fine example from this famous mine. Valued at $1,500 in the inventory. Ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection. Along with amassing one of the finest private mineral collections in the world, Steve is a renowned mathematician. His accomplishments include being awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 along with being the awarded the Wolf Prize in mathematics in 2007. You can read Steve's bio on the Mineralogical Record website ( https://mineralogicalrecord.com/labels.asp?colid=671&page=1 ) or on Wikipedia.

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Current Bids

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$513 06:14 11/24/2018 andyrocks18
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$475 06:14 11/24/2018 andyrocks18
$456 05:38 11/24/2018 gabou2
$413 03:37 11/23/2018 cotter4
$403 01:40 11/23/2018 dlue1982
$393 01:40 11/23/2018 essebi1987
$393 01:40 11/23/2018 dlue1982
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$373 01:40 11/23/2018 dlue1982
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$353 01:40 11/23/2018 dlue1982
$343 05:44 11/22/2018 essebi1987
$333 09:53 11/20/2018 dlue1982
$310 01:21 11/19/2018 andyrocks18
$235 10:17 11/18/2018 hjwempe
$225 10:17 11/18/2018 jimsgems
$225 10:17 11/18/2018 hjwempe
$189 05:47 11/18/2018 jimsgems
$185 05:14 11/18/2018 goldfmi
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$10 03:41 11/18/2018 goldfmi