Bismuth (synthetic)

Ex. Bill and Anne Cook; Bill Kline
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm
Start Time: 11/09/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/16/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $101

Item Description

Some of the most well-known examples of synthetic/lab-grown minerals are these classic Bismuth specimens. They are staples in rock shops around the US and abroad, and you can find them in collections all over the world. They are instantly recognizable with highly characteristic exaggerated skeletal/"hoppered" cubic form along with the iridescent coloring. For reference, the various colors form because of differences in the thickness of the layer of oxidations that takes places on the surface of the crystals. These variations create multiple light wavelengths bouncing off of each other, causing the rainbow-like effect. The hollow shape of the crystals is due to rapid accelerations on the exterior edges, so the outside grows faster than the interior, creating these iconic forms. This piece is a classic example featuring a predominant crystal group measuring 4.7 cm on edge, sitting on a base of almost "melted" looking Bismuth. The piece sits beautifully on its own without the aid of a base or clay, and like many of these specimens , it looks like it was created by M. C. Escher!
From the synthetic mineral suite of William ("Bill") (1927-2006) and Anne (1928-2021) Cook of Cleveland, Ohio. This husband and wife duo were actively involved in the mineral world for many decades. Bill was a PhD geologist, and Anne was a mathematician, and they both were very serious mineral collectors. Bill served for many years as adjunct curator of mineralogy at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Anne was inducted into the Micromounters' Hall of Fame on October 12, 2019. Both Bill and Anne, at various times, served as president both of the Mineralogical Society of Cleveland and of the Micromineral Society of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Anne was inducted into the mi The rare barium lithium beryllium phosphate Wilancookite was named in their honor in 2015.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$101 11/16/2023 6:31:44 am (CST)
$100 11/16/2023 6:31:44 am (CST)
$91 11/16/2023 6:31:22 am (CST)
$81 11/16/2023 6:31:22 am (CST)
$71 11/11/2023 8:31:31 pm (CST)
$61 11/11/2023 8:31:31 pm (CST)
$60 11/11/2023 7:19:42 pm (CST)
$50 * 11/11/2023 7:19:19 pm (CST)
$50 * 11/11/2023 7:19:19 pm (CST)
$10 11/10/2023 11:11:31 am (CST)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.