Hematite with Rutile on Aragonite (unusual combination!)

Cavradi gorge, Curnera Valley, Grisons, Switzerland
5.2 x 5 x 5.1 cm
Start Time: 05/14/2020 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/28/2020 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $360

Item Description

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Cavradi gorge hematite specimens are among the most desired alpine mineral specimens, with exceptional examples commanding huge sums. This specimen features a large hematite crystal (3.3cm wide) with numerous, blood-red rutile crystals on its surface nicely positioned in matrix. The association is classic, and the hematite is right out of the old books for what they should look like. What is highly unusual, however, is the matrix of Aragonite! Normally, the matrix is ugly granite rock, or perhaps a quartz matrix. This is the first piece we have seen with hematite on an aragonite spray. The metallic hematite and rutiles contrast strongly with a bold, rice-colored matrix spray in geometry, as well as color. The piece has multiple possible display orientations. Great example of this classic material! From the Ed Ruggiero Collection, acquired by him in the 1970s. We bought his collection 15 years ago and this got lost in need of a long cleaning, and packed away until now. Valued $1000-1250

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
ramanguy $360 05/28/2020 3:07:28 pm (CDT)
escalade1602 $350 05/28/2020 3:02:23 pm (CDT)
ramanguy $347 05/28/2020 3:02:23 pm (CDT)
ramanguy $330 05/28/2020 3:01:40 pm (CDT)
escalade1602 $320 05/28/2020 3:01:38 pm (CDT)
ramanguy $291 05/28/2020 2:59:11 pm (CDT)
escalade1602 $281 05/28/2020 2:59:10 pm (CDT)
ramanguy $261 05/28/2020 2:08:40 am (CDT)
stoasucha $251 05/28/2020 2:08:39 am (CDT)
ramanguy $201 05/28/2020 2:08:10 am (CDT)
stoasucha $191 05/28/2020 2:08:09 am (CDT)
ramanguy $161 05/27/2020 6:52:10 pm (CDT)
stoasucha $151 05/27/2020 6:52:10 pm (CDT)
stoasucha $140 05/25/2020 9:42:51 am (CDT)
Beefcloud $130 05/25/2020 9:42:51 am (CDT)
Beefcloud $115 05/25/2020 9:27:24 am (CDT)
stoasucha $105 05/25/2020 9:27:23 am (CDT)
stoasucha $105 05/25/2020 9:12:11 am (CDT)
Beefcloud $97 05/25/2020 9:12:10 am (CDT)
stoasucha $87 05/25/2020 1:59:05 am (CDT)
moosemountain $77 05/25/2020 1:59:03 am (CDT)
stoasucha $45 05/25/2020 1:04:57 am (CDT)
hsudude22 $40 05/23/2020 3:09:52 pm (CDT)
Colours8 $38 05/23/2020 3:09:52 pm (CDT)
Colours8 $30 05/23/2020 12:21:26 am (CDT)
DiegoMat $25 05/23/2020 12:21:02 am (CDT)
Colours8 $23 05/23/2020 12:21:01 am (CDT)
DiegoMat $15 05/22/2020 8:32:33 pm (CDT)
Minchon68 $10 05/22/2020 7:53:20 pm (CDT)