Linarite, Brochantite, Cerussite on Galena ex Cowan

Sunshine #2 adit, Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Socorro Co., NM
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.0 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 02/25/2021 4:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/04/2021 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $317
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

This fascinating combo specimen features a core of glittery and gemmy, drusy quartz upon which are emplaced on what used to be galena crystals up to 2.5 cm across - but, they are now pseudomorphed (replaced) by gemmy, emerald green brochantite along with a coating of neon blue linarite. For good measure the is also a pod of snow white cerussite, making it very colorful! In fact, it is one of my favorite miniatures I have seen from the locale, as it has a really sharp style, whereas most are rather lumpy. Collected by noted NM field collector , Chris Cowan, and from his collection (with label). What a complicated piece of mineralogy here, showing changing chemistry as the pocket formed and the galena was replaced with other minerals, for a beautiful result (sorry, but the Bingham galenas are notoriously ugly, so it was not a great loss to the galena world to have one alter to beautiful colors!). We valued this highly in a purchase of minerals deaccessioned from the Cowan collection,long ago

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $317 03/04/2021 11:28:49 am (CST)
Private Bidder $310 03/04/2021 11:28:48 am (CST)
Private Bidder $250 03/04/2021 11:28:19 am (CST)
Private Bidder $240 03/04/2021 11:28:18 am (CST)
Private Bidder $189 03/04/2021 1:09:49 am (CST)
Private Bidder $179 03/04/2021 1:09:49 am (CST)
Private Bidder $85 02/26/2021 4:07:12 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $75 02/26/2021 4:07:12 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $35 02/26/2021 12:42:32 am (CST)
Private Bidder $30 02/26/2021 12:42:32 am (CST)
Private Bidder $20 02/26/2021 12:42:11 am (CST)
Private Bidder $15 02/26/2021 12:42:11 am (CST)
Private Bidder $10 02/25/2021 6:14:35 pm (CST)