Gold (fine antique crystal)

Ballarat, City of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Ex. George Elling; Harry Simon; Lazard Cahn; Sir Warington W. Smyth
Thumbnail, 0.4 x 0.3 x 0.2 cm, 0.48 grams
Start Time: 12/14/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/21/2023 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $125

Item Description

A beautiful single Gold crystal from Ballarat, Australia with rich buttery metallic color, and well-defined dodecahedral faces. As far as I can tell, the crystal appears to be a complete "floater", as I can't find any damage or point of attachment. I'm told that these were weathered out of the rock, and found loose in the Yarrowee River, but this one is still fairly sharp, so it didn't tumble around much before it was discovered. We've never had one of these particular crystals to offer from this locality, and they must be rare, as I can only find one other on for comparison. If you collect native element, or Gold specifically, or you just appreciate antique specimens (see the labels with this one), do NOT miss out on this piece, we don't have another like it to offer. Specimen weight is 0.48 grams
From the collection of George Elling, a prominent East Coast collector, with an excellent old label from prominent Colorado dealer, Lazard Cahn stating the piece came from the collection of Sir Warington W. Smyth. Cahn died in 1940, so the piece is at LEAST 80+ years old. An additional label from the collection of Harry A. Simon of Rochester, New York confirms the Ballarat locality.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$125 12/21/2023 5:58:07 pm (CST)
$115 12/21/2023 5:19:49 pm (CST)
$105 12/21/2023 3:50:51 pm (CST)
$95 12/21/2023 1:12:06 pm (CST)
$93 12/21/2023 1:12:06 pm (CST)
$85 12/21/2023 1:11:54 pm (CST)
$75 12/21/2023 1:11:54 pm (CST)
$65 12/20/2023 11:20:45 pm (CST)
$55 12/20/2023 11:20:45 pm (CST)
$46 12/18/2023 1:08:47 pm (CST)
$41 12/18/2023 1:08:47 pm (CST)
$36 12/17/2023 7:39:08 pm (CST)
$31 12/17/2023 7:39:07 pm (CST)
$26 12/17/2023 7:38:44 pm (CST)
$21 12/17/2023 7:38:44 pm (CST)
$10 12/17/2023 5:18:21 pm (CST)