Indicolite Tourmaline (Ex. Bill Larson Coll.)

Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala Mining Dist., San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 cm
Start Time: 07/17/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/22/2021 7:15:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $2,800
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Beautiful, classic, old-time indicolite tourmaline from the renowned Tourmaline Queen Mine, source of the world renowned 1972 "Blue Cap Pocket". The stout, trigonal, highly lustrous, well-striated prism looks like a very dark blue tourmaline in normal light, BUT good backlighting (or sunlight) reveals a gorgeous translucenrt indicolite-blue body followed by a 5 mm teal-blue zone below the 1 mm pebbly, matte-lustre purple pinacoidal termination. Complete all-around and nearly pristine, with only a bit of termination edge and side wear. These were recovered during the artisanal high grading period of the 1950s and 60s, before Ed Swoboda bought the mine in 1968 and the official and systematic remining of the Queen by Swoboda and Larson in 1971. Indicolite was what they were looking for, for the gem trade - not for mineral specimens at the time, as that would not have paid the bills! The economics were different then. Today, the crystals would pay it off , but back then, the money was in the gems. A significant crystal, of history. 117 grams mass. See MINDAT: https://www.mindat.org/loc-3564.html and the fine 2002 Mineralogical Record article in Vol. 33, No. 5. Ex Bill Larson San Diego County Pegmatite Collection (self-collected!) and long on display at his Pala International shop in Fallbrook. Classic, fine and uncommon old Queen Mine indicolite.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $2,800 07/22/2021 7:09:37 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,751 07/22/2021 7:09:37 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,701 07/22/2021 7:07:39 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,651 07/22/2021 7:06:38 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,601 07/22/2021 7:00:26 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,551 07/22/2021 6:59:14 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,501 07/22/2021 6:53:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,500 07/22/2021 6:53:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,450 07/22/2021 6:52:12 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,400 07/22/2021 6:48:56 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,350 07/22/2021 6:48:56 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,300 07/22/2021 6:45:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,250 07/22/2021 6:44:25 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,200 07/22/2021 6:42:05 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,151 07/22/2021 6:42:05 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $2,051 07/22/2021 6:41:17 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $2,001 07/22/2021 6:41:10 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $2,001 07/22/2021 6:41:10 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,951 07/22/2021 6:39:09 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,901 07/22/2021 6:39:09 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,851 07/22/2021 6:35:21 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,801 07/22/2021 6:35:04 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,760 07/22/2021 6:35:04 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,710 07/22/2021 6:34:16 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,703 07/22/2021 6:34:16 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,653 07/22/2021 6:33:12 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,603 07/22/2021 6:33:12 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,553 07/22/2021 6:27:46 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,503 07/22/2021 6:27:46 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,453 07/22/2021 6:19:45 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,403 07/22/2021 6:19:45 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,265 07/19/2021 7:31:04 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,215 07/19/2021 7:31:04 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,165 07/19/2021 1:22:18 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,115 07/19/2021 1:22:18 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,050 07/18/2021 8:41:51 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,000 07/18/2021 8:41:43 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $978 07/18/2021 8:41:43 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $953 07/18/2021 8:41:36 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $928 07/18/2021 8:41:36 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $903 07/18/2021 8:41:29 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $878 07/18/2021 8:41:29 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $853 07/18/2021 8:41:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $828 07/18/2021 8:41:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $803 07/18/2021 8:41:16 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $778 07/18/2021 8:41:16 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $753 07/18/2021 8:41:09 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $728 07/18/2021 8:41:09 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $703 07/18/2021 8:41:03 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $678 07/18/2021 8:41:03 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $653 07/18/2021 8:40:49 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $628 07/18/2021 8:40:49 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $603 07/18/2021 8:40:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $578 07/18/2021 8:40:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $553 07/18/2021 8:30:25 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $528 07/18/2021 8:30:25 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $503 07/18/2021 8:29:38 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $500 07/18/2021 8:29:38 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $493 07/18/2021 8:29:30 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $483 07/18/2021 8:29:30 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $473 07/18/2021 8:29:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $463 07/18/2021 8:29:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $453 07/18/2021 8:29:16 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $443 07/18/2021 8:29:16 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $433 07/18/2021 8:29:09 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $423 07/18/2021 8:29:09 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $413 07/18/2021 8:25:25 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $403 07/18/2021 8:25:25 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $363 07/18/2021 4:23:52 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $355 07/18/2021 4:23:52 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $353 07/18/2021 4:23:45 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $343 07/18/2021 4:23:45 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $333 07/18/2021 4:23:37 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $323 07/18/2021 4:23:37 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $313 07/18/2021 4:23:30 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $303 07/18/2021 4:23:30 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $293 07/18/2021 4:23:23 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $283 07/18/2021 4:23:23 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $273 07/17/2021 11:38:20 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $263 07/17/2021 11:38:20 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 07/17/2021 10:57:17 pm (CDT)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.