Erythrite (classic locality)

Mount Cobalt Mine, Selwyn District, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australia
Ex. Al Kidwell
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 5.8 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 12/07/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/14/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $63

Item Description

A classic and hard to find example of the old-time Erythrites from the Mount Cobalt Mine in Queensland, Australia. This locality is now abandoned, and hasn't operated for decades. This locality is well-known for its beautiful Erythrite specimens that were collected off of the dumps, and typically feature fine micro-crystals. This piece is a lovely small cabinet display specimen featuring highly compressed/flattened "sprays" (which formed in a narrow seam that was opened/exposed to reveal the crystals inside. Upon close inspection, the tips of the crystals are actually well-formed, showing an almost acicular style of crystallization with that deep reddish-pink hue for which the species is known. It's rare to find a piece with this much Erythrite on it from Mount Cobalt, especially these days, as there is virtually nothing on the market from this old cobalt/arsenic mine.
From the worldwide mineral collection of Albert Lewis Kidwell (January 1, 1919 - August 16, 2008). Al was a well-known mineral collector and research geologist with Carter Oil Company and later Exxon Oil Company in Houston, Texas. The phosphate species Kidwellite was named in his honor in 1974 ( ).

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$63 12/14/2023 6:27:27 pm (CST)
$53 12/14/2023 6:13:10 pm (CST)
$49 12/14/2023 6:13:10 pm (CST)
$43 12/14/2023 4:49:50 pm (CST)
$38 12/14/2023 4:49:32 pm (CST)
$36 12/14/2023 4:49:32 pm (CST)
$30 12/12/2023 4:22:19 pm (CST)
$25 12/12/2023 4:22:19 pm (CST)
$20 12/12/2023 4:21:35 pm (CST)
$15 12/12/2023 4:21:35 pm (CST)
$10 12/09/2023 10:06:43 am (CST)