Azurite on Quartz (RARE - Szenics & Harvard Coll.)

Manto Cuba Mine, Inca de Oro mining district, Atacama, Chile
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 8.1 x 6.0 cm
Start Time: 09/09/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/16/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $759
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Azurite and quartz combinations are VERY RARE from this less well-known Chile copper mine. Both species are listed by MINDAT for the locale, but there are no examples of either species in the Photo Gallery. This exceptional, rich and sculptural upright piece features azurite crystals richly covering a striking spray of oxide-coated quartz crystals with some contrasting malachite. Small lustrous, platy azurite crystals are royal-blue to midnight-blue under normal light, but GLOW with electric-blue color under bright light. The quartz crystals reach about 6.0 cm. Well-known Chile field collector, Skip Szenics, collected this outstanding rarity during the 1990s. Skip sold a group of Chilean specimens from his personal collection to Harvard in 2002, including this fine crystallized specimen. It was valued at $1500 at that time and then came to us years after passing through a deaccession deal . A unique azurite and quartz combination rarity from the Manto Cuba Mine.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $759 09/16/2021 5:33:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $750 09/16/2021 5:33:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $725 09/16/2021 7:17:39 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $700 09/16/2021 7:17:39 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $675 09/12/2021 7:50:41 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $650 09/12/2021 7:50:41 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $525 09/12/2021 7:50:26 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $500 09/12/2021 7:50:26 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $410 09/12/2021 11:19:46 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $400 09/12/2021 11:19:46 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $375 09/12/2021 11:18:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $365 09/12/2021 11:18:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $347 09/10/2021 3:45:55 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $337 09/10/2021 3:45:54 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $257 09/10/2021 12:20:04 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $247 09/10/2021 12:20:04 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 09/09/2021 11:13:15 pm (CDT)