Fluorite on Galena

San Martín Mine, San Martín-Sabinas District, San Martín, Sombrerete Municipality, Zacatecas, Mexico
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 7.3 x 6.9 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 hefty and impressive specimen from the San Martin Mine in Mexico hosting fine quality, lustrous, attractive, gemmy, light green colored crystal groups of Fluorite measuring up to 4.4 cm, sitting on dark silvery-grey metallic Galena on matrix. Minor Pyrrhotite and Sphalerite are present on the piece as well. The Fluorites are octahedral in form, but are covered with hundreds of tiny modifying faces (including cube, dodecahedron, octahedron and tetrahexahedron) with high luster. It's one of those rare specimens that looks great in display case from across the room, but it's also just as captivating to view up close with a loupe, especially if you're a fan of crystal morphology! It's also important to note that it's rare to find Fluorite ON Galena from this mine, which just adds to the appeal of the specimen. Valued at $3,000-$3,500. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#34 MX), 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.