Pyrite cube (Chet Lemanski Coll.)

Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hunan, China
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 6.8 x 6.3 cm
Start Time: 04/02/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/08/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

The polymetallic skarn-type Shangbao Mine is one of China's and the world's great fluorite producing locales. The iron portion of the skarn has produced some very fine pyrite specimens, such as this LARGE for the locale sharp crystal. The sharp cube has fabulous mirror-bright, brass-yellow color and lustre. The small pyrite on the front adds much character. See the 2012 Mineralogical Record article in Special China Issue-4, Vol. 43, No. 5. Ex Chet Lemanski Collection and acquired in 2000 at the Tucson Show. An excellent, highly representative large crystal for the locale. Most crystals are under 5 cm from Shangbao. Chinese pyrites of this quality could hold their own with good Peruvian specimens.