Fluorapatite

Bancroft area, Ontario, Canada
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A classic example of this well-known material from Bancroft. This small cabinet sized piece hosts a 3.9 cm, vivid green color, gemmy, thin hexagonal prismatic crystal of Fluorapatite sitting on soft pink massive Calcite matrix. The Apatite crystal is transparent in areas, which is noteworthy, as most of them are not terribly gemmy in my experience. The end of the crystal embedded in the Calcite is terminated, but the other end is contacted. A very attractive and fine quality example of these famous Apatites. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#30 CA), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection over the next two to three years through our various platforms.