Calcite (fine rare locality specimen)

Crystal Springs No. 2 Quarry, Lecanto, Citrus County, Florida, USA
Ex. Dr. Alex Schauss
Toenail, 3.2 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm
Start Time: 12/14/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/21/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $105

Item Description

This is one of the few Calcites we've ever had to offer from this locality, and it's a remarkably beautiful and distinctive specimen, regardless of where it's from. Obviously, Florida is not a well-known mineral-producing state, but there are some specimens that have come out over the years, including these wonderful Calcites from the Crystal Springs No. 2 Quarry in the town of Lecanto. This piece features a predominant, sharp, lustrous, very gemmy, light golden colored satiny scalenohedral crystal with a notable "hoppered" / skeletal impression in the termination, which plays host to a few smaller Calcite crystals, including one "spear"-shaped crystal that is flaring out of the center of the main Calcite. No damage on the top of the piece, it's only contacted on the base where it was removed from the pocket wall. A very attractive and hard to find piece that would make a great addition to any Calcite suite, or a collection of rare locality pieces.
This specimen comes from the lifelong worldwide thumbnail collection of Dr. Alexander ("Alex") Schauss (#914). I would recommend reading the interview at to get a better understanding of who he is as a mineral collector and a person.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$105 12/21/2023 4:23:19 pm (CST)
$100 12/21/2023 4:23:19 pm (CST)
$65 12/18/2023 4:12:38 pm (CST)
$55 12/18/2023 4:12:38 pm (CST)
$49 12/16/2023 3:56:37 pm (CST)
$44 12/16/2023 3:56:37 pm (CST)
$27 12/15/2023 6:04:00 am (CST)
$22 12/15/2023 6:03:59 am (CST)
$10 12/15/2023 12:01:02 am (CST)