Baryte (rare locality specimen)

Christiane Mine, Adorf, Diemelsee, Waldeck-Frankenberg, Kassel Region, Hesse, Germany
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.2 x 4.2 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: $99

Item Description

An old-time and notably hard to find specimen from this ancient iron mine, which was abandoned in 1963. The locality is well-known for these odd and distinctive iron oxide-tinted balls of microcrystalline Baryte. This piece hosts several of these Baryte balls measuring up to 1.9 cm across. The balls are set atop the sculptural gossan matrix that is peppered with tiny, sharp brown Dolomite rhombs and scattered sparkly Marcasite microcrystals. These are antiques, well over 60 years old at least at this point, and highly desirable for any collector of German minerals or worldwide Barytes.
From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl, 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
$99 05/17/2024 9:45:25 pm (CDT)
$89 05/17/2024 12:00:53 pm (CDT)
$85 05/17/2024 12:00:53 pm (CDT)
$76 05/17/2024 12:00:37 pm (CDT)
$66 05/17/2024 12:00:37 pm (CDT)
$44 05/14/2024 11:13:31 am (CDT)
$39 05/14/2024 11:13:31 am (CDT)
$38 05/11/2024 12:07:23 am (CDT)
$33 05/11/2024 12:07:23 am (CDT)
$25 05/10/2024 8:45:26 pm (CDT)
$20 05/10/2024 8:45:26 pm (CDT)
$10 05/10/2024 12:30:51 am (CDT)