Manganite (TYPE LOCALITY circa 1880s)

Manganese deposit, Ilfeld, Thuringia, Germany (TL)
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 4.3 x 4.s cm
Start Time: 09/23/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/30/2021 6:40:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $650
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Manganite from Ilfeld is one of those great minerals that readily dispels the old adage that "it's just a black mineral" for beauty of shape and form. In reality, the luster and form of these prismatic crystals is so good, and so consistent, that the phrase among collectors truly is, "it's an Ilfeld." Many Ilfeld Manganites are often composed of numerous, slender and lustrous crystals, but this is one of those rarely-available pieces where the Manganites reach quite substantial sizes. In this case, the largest of the large is an impressive 2.1 cm tall and 1.3 cm wide! Most of the crystals are terminated, and they shine no matter what the level of light. And Ilfeld is the TYPE LOCALITY, to boot! Aesthetic Ilfeld Manganites, which are notoriously hard to obtain, are quickly scooped up when they are available. Excellent provenance, being formerly in the collections of Charles Shepard (1804-1886), Andrew Toussaint (1906-1974) and more recently of Robert Lambert, Steven Chamberlain and then Richard Rossi. Because of the specimen's color uniformity, it is hard to shoot photos so do watch the video please. Trust when I say that this is MUCH better in person. Rossi paid $3500 to John Betts, who had the Lambert collection portion that contained it, in 2008. It is worth much more than that, today, in our opinion. This is a significant, robust specimen.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $650 09/30/2021 6:34:20 pm (CDT)
andrew_rocks $635 09/30/2021 6:34:20 pm (CDT)
andrew_rocks $625 09/30/2021 6:25:14 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $600 09/30/2021 6:25:14 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $550 09/30/2021 3:48:32 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $525 09/30/2021 3:48:32 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $430 09/29/2021 2:48:25 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $420 09/29/2021 2:48:25 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $410 09/27/2021 1:29:31 am (CDT)
whisper $400 09/27/2021 1:29:31 am (CDT)
whisper $360 09/25/2021 8:36:54 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $350 09/25/2021 8:36:54 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $310 09/25/2021 8:36:47 am (CDT)
whisper $300 09/25/2021 8:36:46 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $250 09/25/2021 8:36:37 am (CDT)
whisper $240 09/25/2021 8:36:37 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $230 09/24/2021 10:50:44 pm (CDT)
whisper $220 09/24/2021 10:50:43 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $87 09/24/2021 10:38:23 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $77 09/24/2021 10:38:23 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $60 09/24/2021 2:00:56 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $50 09/24/2021 2:00:56 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 09/23/2021 11:38:30 pm (CDT)