Baryte on Quartz (rare locality specimen)

Paitzdorf, Greiz District, Thuringia, Germany
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 3.7 x 2.8 cm
Start Time: 05/09/2024 8:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/18/2024 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $143

Item Description

A very seldom-seen specimen of Baryte from Paitzdorf featuring a "flower"-like group of bright, sharp, lustrous, translucent golden bladed crystals (the entire group measures 2.4 cm across) sitting atop contrasting iron-oxide coated Quartz matrix. You can see on the exposed peripheral edges that the Quartz is slightly smoky hue underneath. No major damage and quite showy. I honestly can't remember having a single specimen of this material to offer in the past, and a quick glance online for comparative specimens leads me to believe this is a fine example for the locality. Valued $950.
From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#390 D), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection for the foreseeable future through our various platforms.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$143 05/18/2024 6:25:02 pm (CDT)
$133 05/18/2024 6:25:01 pm (CDT)
$107 05/18/2024 8:16:11 am (CDT)
$97 05/18/2024 8:16:11 am (CDT)
$87 05/18/2024 6:32:58 am (CDT)
$77 05/18/2024 6:32:58 am (CDT)
$73 05/16/2024 10:29:22 pm (CDT)
$63 05/16/2024 10:29:22 pm (CDT)
$62 05/16/2024 2:59:33 pm (CDT)
$52 05/16/2024 2:59:33 pm (CDT)
$34 05/14/2024 7:04:14 am (CDT)
$29 05/14/2024 7:04:13 am (CDT)
$26 05/13/2024 12:35:50 pm (CDT)
$21 05/13/2024 12:35:50 pm (CDT)
$10 05/11/2024 12:00:03 am (CDT)