Bixbyite with Topaz

Solarwind Claim, Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 5.2 x 4.3 cm
Start Time: 01/19/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/26/2023 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $61

Item Description

A single, large, sharp, 9 mm, almost black, super lustrous, metallic Bixbyite is set attractively on a very contrasting off-white rhyolite matrix. Bixbyite is an uncommon di- and tri-valent manganese oxide and this well-composed piece is from the Solarwind Claim in Utah, one of the best localities in the world for fine crystallized Bixbyite. The crystal itself is dominated by cube faces with dodecahedral modifications at the corners producing a geometrically engaging crystal! The display front is then accented by several, gemmy, pale pink, prismatic, scintillating Topaz crystals from 2 to 6 mm, most of which are doubly terminated. There are even a few 1 to 1.5 mm, shiny, isolated, little Bixbyites scattered on the front. Many such specimens are thumbnails, where this is instead a nice, hefty piece for display.

Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$61 01/26/2023 6:23:53 pm (CST)
$51 01/25/2023 3:59:55 pm (CST)
$46 01/25/2023 3:59:45 pm (CST)
$45 01/25/2023 3:59:45 pm (CST)
$40 01/25/2023 10:50:16 am (CST)
$35 * 01/25/2023 10:49:36 am (CST)
$35 * 01/25/2023 10:49:35 am (CST)
$20 01/24/2023 10:41:34 pm (CST)
$15 01/21/2023 4:27:20 am (CST)
$10 01/19/2023 8:38:26 pm (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.