Barite (ex Richard Kosnar Collection)

It's Here Lode, Muddy Creek, Tributary of Crater Creek, Pagosa Springs, Rio Grande County, Colorado, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 5.1 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 11/18/2021 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/27/2021 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $349
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

There are many localities for Barite all over Colorado, from sedimentary deposits to ore bodies. This is a nearly 50-year-old specimen from the classic Muddy Creek locality in southwestern Colorado. This showy display specimen features many sharp, well-formed, translucent, silvery-blue colored bladed crystals of Barite measuring up to 2.0 cm, free of matrix. The lower central edge of the front crystal has a separation mark where it was clearly growing against another Barite, but the piece still presents very well, and actually looks good from the back also. The piece almost has a "flower"-esque form to it, as the crystals are not just "flat" against one another, and there is a bit of three-dimensional depth to the piece. Very good condition all around, and you can't find many Muddy Creek Barites on the market these days. From the collection of Richard Kosnar (1946-2007), well-known mineral dealer and collector from Colorado, and the namesake for the phosphate species, Kosnarite. This piece was priced at $1,250 in our inventory. The label accompanying the specimen states that it's from the "It's Here Lode", but I can't find a reference to this locality in any database.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $349 11/27/2021 6:39:39 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $339 11/27/2021 6:32:05 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $330 11/27/2021 6:32:05 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $310 11/24/2021 9:53:10 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $300 11/24/2021 9:53:10 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $249 11/18/2021 11:27:37 pm (CST)