Bismuth xls (lab grown) Halpern Coll.

Germany
Small Cabinet, 5.3 x 5.3 x 4.1 cm
Start Time: 06/16/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2022 6:35:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $91
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Absolutely fabulous hoppering on all sides of this surreal man-made synthetic Bismuth specimen from Germany. The stunning psychedelic iridescent metallic colors enhance the fantastic stepped-growth form of the dramatically hoppered and amazing piece. These incredible man-made bismuth crystals float to the top of a supercooled bismuth melt and form within minutes. The iridescent colors are caused by light scattering on a very thin layer of bismuth oxide. Certainly a spectacular form with eye-catching color for a man-made native element! Not natural 100%, but so, so neat and mesmerizing and fun to look at! The iridescent colors and geometric forms are truly surreal. From the collection of well-known Jack Halpern of San Francisco, as featured in the Mineralogical Record, March 2005. Jack kept a row of beautiful synthetic and man made mineral specimens on a top shelf in his mineral room, because he found them beautiful in their own regard, and also educational.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $91 06/23/2022 6:28:55 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $81 06/23/2022 6:28:55 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $71 06/23/2022 5:48:40 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $61 06/23/2022 5:48:40 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $50 06/23/2022 3:56:34 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $45 06/23/2022 3:56:34 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $31 06/23/2022 9:04:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $26 06/23/2022 9:04:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $15 06/21/2022 10:44:37 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 06/20/2022 9:57:27 pm (CDT)