Pyromorphite on Baryte (classic locale)

Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Correze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 6.5 x 3.7 cm
Start Time: 09/09/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/16/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $265
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Radiating clusters of lustrous, translucent honey-brown pyromorphite prisms with striking mustard-yellow hoppered tips dramatically cover the undulating dense shrub-like field of crystals set atop the stalk of massive barite. The crystals reach about 6 mm. In very good shape, overall. The few small spots of bruising and scattered broken crystals are certainly acceptable in the context of such a richly covered specimen. The famed Les Farges Mine, one the world's great pyromorphite localities was only open from 1974 to 1981 and produced a dazzling variety of pyromorphite colors and crystal habits. See the 1982 Mineralogical Record article Vol. 13, No. 5. The December, 2009 issue of the French periodical, Le Regne Mineral, is devoted entirely to this noted locale and is filled with photographs of fabulous Les Farges pyromorphites. Ex Bob Reynolds Collection, a well-known fossil and mineral expert and Curator of the San Bernardino County Museum. He passed away in 2020. Classic, rich and sculptural pyromorphite of this varietal on barite.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $265 09/16/2021 5:46:42 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $255 09/16/2021 5:46:42 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $235 09/15/2021 3:27:09 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $225 09/15/2021 3:27:09 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $198 09/10/2021 4:18:56 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $188 09/10/2021 4:18:55 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $122 09/10/2021 4:18:33 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $112 09/10/2021 4:18:33 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $40 09/10/2021 3:46:50 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $35 09/10/2021 3:46:50 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 09/10/2021 5:01:53 am (CDT)