Fluorapatite (strong blue color on one end)

Panasqueira Mines, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal
Ex. Michel Jactat
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 4.3 x 3.4 cm
Start Time: 11/09/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/16/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $159

Item Description

Certainly some of the most well-known and distinctive examples of Fluorapatite are those from Panasqueira. The habit and colors seen in these crystals truly does not look like any other Apatites out there. This is an older specimen from the 1960s-1970s era at Panasqueira featuring a thick , tabular, sharp, lustrous, translucent hexagonal crystal group of Fluorapatite, free of matrix. The piece shows the characteristic soft greenish-hue, but what makes this one special is that there is a notably strong BLUE color than can be seen on one side, which is rare in my experience with this material. The piece is not pristine, there are some separation marks on the broad "c" face where other Fluorapatites once grew, and the piece is contacted on the back where it was removed from the pocket wall, but the stark blue color is RARE for Panasqueira, so I still think it has value and desirability from that aspect.
From the collection of Michel Jactat.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$159 11/16/2023 5:14:41 pm (CST)
$149 11/16/2023 5:14:41 pm (CST)
$133 11/16/2023 5:14:30 pm (CST)
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$113 11/16/2023 5:10:17 pm (CST)
$103 11/15/2023 7:42:13 pm (CST)
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$93 11/15/2023 7:42:08 pm (CST)
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$55 11/15/2023 7:41:35 pm (CST)
$40 11/09/2023 11:50:27 pm (CST)
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$10 11/09/2023 7:29:53 pm (CST)