Fluorite (GEM bi-color crystals) with Dolomite

Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang, Hunan, China
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 7.1 x 5.8 cm
Start Time: 11/30/2023 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/07/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $535

Item Description

A gorgeous and fine small cabinet sized specimen from the famed Shangbao Mine featuring a group of WATER CLEAR, lustrous, cubic crystals of Fluorite with soft green and purple hues measuring up to 2.3 cm on edge., associated with pale pinkish-white colored, pearly rhombic Dolomite. While the Fluorites are predominantly cubic in habit, I can see small modifying octahedral and dodecahedral faces on the edges. The front facing Fluorite crystals are SO GEMMY that you can see straight through them to the underlying Dolomite. The piece is crystallized on all sides, and is so close to being a complete "floater", but I can see one tiny point of attachment on the back. Great quality older material dating back to the early 2000s. A fantastic eye-catching specimen to add to any Fluorite collection or suite of Chinese minerals. Valued at $3,000 in the inventory for size, quality and sheer visual beauty.
Ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection. Along with amassing one of the finest private mineral collections in the world, Steve is a renowned mathematician. His accomplishments include being awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 along with being the awarded the Wolf Prize in mathematics in 2007. You can read Steve's bio on the Mineralogical Record website ( https://mineralogicalrecord.com/biographies_labels/smalestephen/ ) or on Wikipedia.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$535 12/06/2023 3:00:10 am (CST)
$510 12/06/2023 3:00:10 am (CST)
$485 12/05/2023 10:51:31 pm (CST)
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$454 12/02/2023 8:56:31 am (CST)
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