important large Fluorapatite (from the Type Locality) on Quartz (ex Robertson )

Sauberg Mine, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony, Germany
4.4 x 3.5 x 2.1 cm
Start Time: 10/03/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 10/10/2019 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

Double your Fluorapatite pleasure, with a second, distinctively different specimen from the famous Type Locality - the Sauberg Mine of Saxony. This showy and sculptural miniature consists of three stout intergrown crystals aesthetically accented with a couple of glassy quartz points, to 1.5 cm. The impressive, large hexagonal crystal is the focal point and is 3.5 cm across. The color-zoned crystal is beautifully enhanced by the gemmy well-striated rind encasing a reddish-brown zone, the darker green body and the 3 mm, gem, very glassy, pretty light mint-green termination. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 3799 and acquired from Lindemann of Hamburg as a gift in the mid-1960s. Kay is a prominent California collector, who specialized in European classics (see the article in the March-April, 2007 Mineralogical Record and the 50+ page article in the German Magazine "Mineralien-Welt" November-December 2017). Classic Sauberg Mine apatite from the Type Locality. Interestingly, only faint mustard-yellow SW flurescence on these crystals. This is a LARGE and rare apatite for the locale. It is actually a very important specimen! No comparables, and hard to value, but $1500-2000 seems not unreasonable for such a large classic