Plumbogummite replacing Pyromorphite

Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo Co., Guilin, Guangxi, China
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 01/12/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/19/2023 6:50:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $461

Item Description

These are some of the most distinctive minerals from any Chinese locality. They're not unique, as Plumbogummite replacing Pyromorphite has been reported from other world localities, but the pieces from Yangshuo are certainly the largest and finest quality examples ever found. This piece is a fantastic miniature sized specimen featuring a layer of beautiful soft blue colored Plumbogummite covering / replacing greenish-yellow, prismatic, hexagonal "hoppered/skeletal Pyromorphite crystals No damage on the top/front of the piece, but it's not complete on the edges where it was separated from the pocket wall. Aa fine quality specimen that would make a great addition to any secondary ore collection or a suite of Chinse minerals. Valued between $3,000-$3,500 retail. Please note, the Plumbogummite specimens that have been on the market for the last few years (often associated with or pseudomorphing after Pyromorphite) have been labeled as coming from the Daoping Mine, but these particular pieces are from Yangshuo. Ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection. Along with amassing one of the finest private mineral collections in the world, Steve is a renowned mathematician. His accomplishments include being awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 along with being the awarded the Wolf Prize in mathematics in 2007. You can read Steve's bio on the Mineralogical Record website ( https://mineralogicalrecord.com/labels.asp?colid=671&page=1 ) or on Wikipedia.

Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$461 01/19/2023 6:43:03 pm (CST)
$451 01/19/2023 6:43:03 pm (CST)
$420 01/19/2023 5:23:45 pm (CST)
$410 01/19/2023 5:23:45 pm (CST)
$398 01/19/2023 4:49:39 pm (CST)
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$342 01/18/2023 1:36:18 pm (CST)
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$235 01/17/2023 1:19:46 pm (CST)
$225 01/17/2023 10:50:55 am (CST)
$215 01/17/2023 10:50:55 am (CST)
$161 01/16/2023 5:14:51 pm (CST)
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$111 01/16/2023 5:13:40 pm (CST)
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$91 01/16/2023 7:37:02 am (CST)
$81 01/16/2023 7:37:02 am (CST)
$46 01/14/2023 8:54:01 pm (CST)
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$35 01/13/2023 11:15:06 am (CST)
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$10 01/13/2023 3:50:32 am (CST)