Fluorite (GEM crystals)

Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang, Hunan, China
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 7.1 x 5.3 cm
Start Time: 01/18/2024 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/25/2024 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $373

Item Description

A fine quality specimen from the early days of Shangbao (circa late 1990s) material appearing on the market. This wonderful small cabinet features a central group of GEM QUALITY, sharp, glassy, soft purple colored cubic crystals measuring up to 2.8 cm on edge, with a bit of attached matrix on the back. Most of the Fluorites are in very good condition, but I can see a few small imperfections, so the piece is not pristine. When you backlight the crystals, you can see they are actually bi-colored, as gentle green hues are visible deep within, and there are even some slight ''phantom'' zoning lines present. It's hard to convey the quality in a photo or a video, but this is a really attractive piece with fine quality crystals. This particular style was only found for a very brief time in at Shangbao, and never seen again. Valued $2,000.
From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#475 C), 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 through our various platforms.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$373 01/25/2024 5:58:21 pm (CST)
$363 01/25/2024 5:58:21 pm (CST)
$343 01/25/2024 5:58:09 pm (CST)
$333 01/25/2024 5:58:09 pm (CST)
$310 01/25/2024 12:43:39 am (CST)
$300 01/25/2024 12:43:39 am (CST)
$285 01/20/2024 8:06:44 pm (CST)
$275 01/19/2024 7:36:27 am (CST)
$268 01/19/2024 7:36:26 am (CST)
$258 01/19/2024 7:34:18 am (CST)
$248 01/19/2024 7:34:18 am (CST)
$232 01/19/2024 7:34:08 am (CST)
$222 01/19/2024 7:34:08 am (CST)
$207 01/19/2024 7:33:55 am (CST)
$197 01/19/2024 7:33:54 am (CST)
$187 01/19/2024 7:33:43 am (CST)
$177 01/19/2024 7:33:43 am (CST)
$133 01/19/2024 2:01:18 am (CST)
$123 01/19/2024 2:01:18 am (CST)
$121 01/18/2024 11:36:59 pm (CST)
$111 01/18/2024 11:36:59 pm (CST)
$85 01/18/2024 11:33:30 pm (CST)
$75 01/18/2024 11:33:11 pm (CST)
$65 01/18/2024 11:33:11 pm (CST)
$10 01/18/2024 8:05:28 pm (CST)