Magnetite (rare locality specimen) (ex Al Kidwell Collection)

Rumpersdorf, Weiden bei Rechnitz, Oberwart District, Burgenland, Austria
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 6.1 x 5.1 cm
Start Time: 01/20/2022 9:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/27/2022 6:50:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

A seldom seen specimen of Magnetite from the lesser-known Rumpersdorf locality in Burgenland, Austria. We've only seen a handful of these pieces over the years, and they are beautiful and classic examples of the species. This small cabinet display specimen hosts several excellent, sharp, very well-formed, textbook octahedra measuring up to 1.4 cm sitting on dark greenish-black chlorite schist matrix. Most of the Magnetites are in very good shape, but small rough spots can be seen. This is one of the best pieces of this material that we've ever had to offer, with some of the largest crystals to boot! Valued at $950 for the size, quality and the rare locale. From the worldwide mineral collection of Albert Lewis Kidwell (January 1, 1919 - August 16, 2008). Al was a well-known mineral collector and research geologist with Carter Oil Company and later Exxon Oil Company in Houston, Texas. The phosphate species Kidwellite was named in his honor in 1974.