Andalusite (rare locality specimen)

Lüsens valley, Innsbruck-Land District, Tyrol, Austria
Ex. Al Kidwell
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 4.9 x 4.3 cm
Start Time: 06/08/2023 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/15/2023 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $45

Item Description

This specimen is labeled as coming from "Zillertal, Austria", though I can't find an entry on any database to confirm this, and I believe it's likely from the Lüsenser Tal (Lüsens Valley) which is also in the Tyrol of Austria. This piece features a predominant prismatic, dark almost "smoky" bluish colored crystal measuring 2.3 cm long, along with a few other Andalusite crystals (some of which are not complete) on Quartz matrix. The main crystal is in good shape, and it's even just a tiny bit translucent on the edges when strongly backlit. These are hard to find on the market, so if you collect Alpine minerals, European minerals or you're a fan of the Andalusite / Kyanite / Sillimanite polymorphs, don't miss out. From the worldwide mineral collection of Albert Lewis Kidwell (January 1, 1919 - August 16, 2008). Al was a well-known mineral collector and research geologist with Carter Oil Company and later Exxon Oil Company in Houston, Texas. The phosphate species Kidwellite was named in his honor in 1974 ( ).

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$45 06/13/2023 2:44:03 am (CDT)
$44 06/13/2023 2:44:02 am (CDT)
$40 06/13/2023 2:43:53 am (CDT)
$35 06/13/2023 2:43:53 am (CDT)
$30 06/13/2023 12:37:27 am (CDT)
$25 06/13/2023 12:37:27 am (CDT)
$15 06/10/2023 8:14:28 pm (CDT)
$10 06/09/2023 6:30:47 pm (CDT)