Fluorite (gemmy cubes) on Quartz

Xianghualing Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
Large Cabinet, 19.2 x 8.4 x 7.9 cm
Start Time: 09/07/2023 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/14/2023 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $951

Item Description

What a dramatic, large, beautiful and showy display specimen from the Xianghualing Mine featuring very sharp, gemmy, medium green colored "stacked" cubic groups of Fluorite measuring up to 2.1 cm on edge sitting on a matrix covered with little silvery to white colored Quartz crystals. This is EARLY material from this mine, late 1990s, and the color is distinctive as it's not quite the same green hue that one typically associates with the locality (it has a slight yellow overtone). Nearly all of the Fluorites are WATER-CLEAR! There are a few small imperfections, but the piece is in excellent condition all around, and displays beautifully from multiple sides as you can see from the video. Priced at $3,500 in the inventory. If you collect Fluorites or minerals of China, don't miss out on this attractive BIG piece from this prodigious specimen producing locality. These pieces seemingly have dried up, and they will go down as some of the most iconic and beautiful display quality Fluorites from any Chinese locality.
From the collection of Dr. Stephen Smale. 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
$951 09/14/2023 6:41:48 pm (CDT)
$949 09/14/2023 6:41:48 pm (CDT)
$926 09/14/2023 6:41:42 pm (CDT)
$901 09/14/2023 6:41:42 pm (CDT)
$876 09/14/2023 6:41:34 pm (CDT)
$851 09/14/2023 6:41:34 pm (CDT)
$750 09/14/2023 5:32:33 pm (CDT)
$725 09/14/2023 5:32:33 pm (CDT)
$692 09/14/2023 4:16:12 pm (CDT)
$667 09/14/2023 4:16:12 pm (CDT)
$566 09/14/2023 4:15:41 pm (CDT)
$541 09/14/2023 4:15:41 pm (CDT)
$435 09/13/2023 2:29:47 am (CDT)
$425 09/13/2023 2:29:46 am (CDT)
$385 09/08/2023 12:11:37 am (CDT)
$375 09/08/2023 12:11:37 am (CDT)
$249 09/07/2023 8:33:51 pm (CDT)