Polydymite (rare and fine) (ex David Burgess Collection)

Madziwa Mine (Dry Nickel Mine), Bindura District, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe
6.2 x 5.7 x 3.8 cm
Start Time: 02/07/2019 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/14/2019 6:53:50 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $1,326

Item Description

Certainly this is the finest example of Polydymite that I've offered from the Madziwa Mine (Dry Nickel Mine) in Zimbabwe or any other mine for that matter! This rare nickel sulfide species is a member of both the Linnaeite Group, and the Thiospinel Group. It has been reported from dozens of world localities, but the crystals are often < 1 mm, and sometimes are only observed in minute uncrystallized "threads". This piece however features large, robust, splendent, shimmering bright steel-grey colored octahedra measuring up to a whopping 1.4 cm (!) associated with a bit of massive white Calcite on host rock matrix. The main crystal group (it's a composite crystal with several intergrown faces) is superb for the species, and it is in superb condition. I've never had anything close to this in terms of size and quality, and if you collect sulfides, this is a must have specimen in my mind. Valued at $1,750, and well worth it for any species collector. From the worldwide collection of David Burgess (1951-2016). David was a prolific species collector from Newington, Connecticut, and the namesake for the extremely rare cobalt arsenate species Burgessite, which he discovered.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
wobe2 $1,326 02/14/2019 6:48:50 pm (CST)
weloganites $1,276 02/14/2019 6:48:50 pm (CST)
wobe2 $1,226 02/14/2019 6:46:31 pm (CST)
weloganites $1,176 02/14/2019 6:46:31 pm (CST)
wobe2 $1,126 02/14/2019 6:43:36 pm (CST)
weloganites $1,076 02/14/2019 6:43:36 pm (CST)
wobe2 $1,026 02/14/2019 6:43:14 pm (CST)
weloganites $1,001 02/14/2019 6:43:14 pm (CST)
wobe2 $976 02/14/2019 6:42:15 pm (CST)
weloganites $951 02/14/2019 6:42:15 pm (CST)
wobe2 $886 02/14/2019 6:41:57 pm (CST)
weloganites $861 02/14/2019 6:41:57 pm (CST)
wobe2 $836 02/14/2019 6:41:43 pm (CST)
weloganites $811 02/14/2019 6:41:43 pm (CST)
wobe2 $736 02/14/2019 6:41:30 pm (CST)
weloganites $711 02/14/2019 6:41:30 pm (CST)
wobe2 $686 02/14/2019 6:41:15 pm (CST)
weloganites $661 02/14/2019 6:41:15 pm (CST)
wobe2 $585 02/14/2019 6:10:29 pm (CST)
fredbug83 $575 02/14/2019 6:10:29 pm (CST)
wobe2 $375 02/14/2019 4:57:57 pm (CST)
pharmacistaxel $240 02/14/2019 4:54:18 pm (CST)
wobe2 $230 02/14/2019 4:54:18 pm (CST)
pharmacistaxel $220 02/14/2019 3:49:03 pm (CST)
blue sky $75 02/14/2019 3:15:06 pm (CST)
mlambert10 $65 02/10/2019 1:58:01 pm (CST)
blue sky $55 02/09/2019 1:59:03 pm (CST)
tblackwood1 $25 02/08/2019 10:07:39 pm (CST)
php $15 02/08/2019 12:31:53 pm (CST)
tblackwood1 $10 02/08/2019 1:52:57 am (CST)