Galena on unusual "cast" (old classic) (ex Kay Robertson Collection)

Freiberg, Mittelsachsen, Saxony, Germany
7.1 x 5.7 x 2.8 cm
Start Time: 09/17/2020 8:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/24/2020 6:50:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $159
Winning Bidder: 7Azoth

Item Description

A fantastic old specimen of Galena from the famous Freiberg Silver District in Germany. This piece features dozens of very sharp, well-formed, lustrous, gun metal grey colored cuboctahedral crystals of Galena measuring up to 1.5 cm on edge beautifully sitting on the underlying matrix. As a matter of fact, when you flip the piece over, you can see that the Galena crystals formed on an unusual partial "cast", which is highly unusual for this area. I can't quite remember seeing another piece like this from Freiberg. Additionally, just to add to the intrigue, there are some micro yellow crystals of an unknown species on the piece. If anybody out there has some insight as to what this yellow mineral might be, please let us know. A really cool and unusual Galena that would make a great addition to any sulfide suite, a collection of German minerals, or old classics. Valued at $650. Ex Kay Robertson Collection (#3260) with an additional label from Ward's in Rochester, New York. Kay was a prominent California collector, who specialized in European classics. She nearly lived 100 years from April 1920 - March 2020. See the article in the March-April, 2007 Mineralogical Record ( https://www.mineralogicalrecord.com/pdfs/Kay%20Robertson%20Collection.pdf ), and the 50+ page article in the German Magazine "Mineralien Welt" November-December 2017.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
7Azoth $159 09/24/2020 6:44:47 pm (CDT)
7Azoth* $149 09/24/2020 6:44:40 pm (CDT)
bnavis427* $149 09/24/2020 6:44:40 pm (CDT)
bnavis427 $139 09/24/2020 6:40:05 pm (CDT)
7Azoth $129 09/24/2020 6:05:21 pm (CDT)
wolf $120 09/24/2020 6:05:21 pm (CDT)
wolf $119 09/24/2020 6:05:12 pm (CDT)
7Azoth $109 09/24/2020 6:05:12 pm (CDT)
wolf $99 09/23/2020 5:04:14 am (CDT)
frank*gold $89 09/20/2020 3:14:53 pm (CDT)
TJ $88 09/20/2020 3:14:53 pm (CDT)
TJ $50 09/20/2020 12:58:50 pm (CDT)
saxony $45 09/20/2020 12:58:50 pm (CDT)
TJ $35 09/19/2020 6:22:39 am (CDT)
DiegoMat $30 09/19/2020 6:22:39 am (CDT)
DiegoMat $10 09/18/2020 4:32:31 pm (CDT)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.