Gypsum var: Selenite (rare locality)

Negev Desert, Israel
Ex. Chet Lemanski
Cabinet, 9.9 x 7.6 x 1.3 cm
Start Time: 03/16/2023 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 03/23/2023 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $63

Item Description

This is a notably hard to find specimen of Gypsum var: Selenite from the Negev Desert in southern Israel, which actually covers more than half of Israel's total land area. This piece is a large flattened colorless crystal with good internal gemminess and nice crystal form, with minor attached matrix on the edges. We've never had a piece of Gypsum to offer from Israel in the auctions, and this is not just a "chunk", but rather a well-formed crystal that would make a great addition to any collection. You'd be hard-pressed to find another like it any venue on the market, so don't miss out! From the collection of Chester ("Chet") S. Lemanski Jr. of Browns Mills, New Jersey ( Collection #3723CL. Chet was born 1947 in started collecting minerals circa 1957. He worked briefly as a drill runner at the famous Sterling Mine, in Ogdensburg, New Jersey and from 1987 to 1990 he helped convert the mine into a public access mining museum. He has held the role of treasurer, vice president and president of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society (FOMS), and has been a board member and vice president of the Franklin Mineral Museum. The rare copper arsenate, Lemanskiite was named in his honor in 1999.

Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$63 03/23/2023 6:06:52 pm (CDT)
$55 03/23/2023 6:06:52 pm (CDT)
$52 03/23/2023 5:45:16 pm (CDT)
$47 03/23/2023 5:45:16 pm (CDT)
$41 03/23/2023 5:44:59 pm (CDT)
$36 03/23/2023 5:44:59 pm (CDT)
$31 03/18/2023 6:14:40 pm (CDT)
$26 03/18/2023 6:14:39 pm (CDT)
$15 03/18/2023 5:23:05 pm (CDT)
$10 03/18/2023 2:04:47 am (CDT)