Goethite (fine crystals)

Becker Quarry (Hellerberg Quarry), Freisen, Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 6.3 x 4.3 cm
Start Time: 05/09/2024 8:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/18/2024 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $185

Item Description

A very impressive and eye-catching example of fine crystallized Goethite from the lesser-known Becker Quarry (Hellerberg Quarry) featuring a few superb groups of sharp, lustrous, jet-black bladed crystals forming radial "sprays" sitting atop smoky colored Quartz crystals, some of which show minor reddish Hematite inclusions n matrix. The largest Goethite crystal measures 4.0 cm long, which is very good sized for the locality.. Keep in mind that a lot of Goethite specimens are either massive / uncrystallized or reniform / botryoidal, so actual crystals are RARE. A fantastic specimen with superb quality and aesthetics. This is something that most collectors don't even think about adding to their collections because it's a "black rock", but when you take the superior crystallization into account, you realize that this a truly desirable specimen for what it is. It should be noted that the pronunciation of this species is a bit confusing, but we like to point out that it was named after the famous German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, so it is properly pronounced GER-tite (with a hard "g" like Gertrude). Valued $1,250.
From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#265 D), 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 for the foreseeable future through our various platforms.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$185 05/18/2024 6:13:21 pm (CDT)
$175 05/18/2024 6:13:21 pm (CDT)
$168 05/18/2024 5:33:29 pm (CDT)
$158 05/18/2024 5:33:29 pm (CDT)
$148 05/18/2024 5:29:52 pm (CDT)
$138 05/18/2024 5:29:52 pm (CDT)
$126 05/18/2024 3:52:17 pm (CDT)
$116 05/18/2024 1:37:16 pm (CDT)
$106 05/18/2024 1:36:57 pm (CDT)
$105 05/18/2024 1:36:57 pm (CDT)
$95 05/17/2024 11:27:32 am (CDT)
$85 05/17/2024 8:46:05 am (CDT)
$77 05/17/2024 8:46:05 am (CDT)
$75 05/13/2024 3:30:47 pm (CDT)
$65 05/13/2024 3:30:30 pm (CDT)
$61 05/13/2024 3:30:30 pm (CDT)
$50 05/12/2024 8:47:59 pm (CDT)
$45 05/12/2024 8:47:59 pm (CDT)
$10 05/12/2024 5:13:19 am (CDT)