Rheniite (rare - Type Locality) ex Fersman Museum

Kudriavy volcano, Iturup Island, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin, Russia
3.7 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm
Start Time: 07/30/2020 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/06/2020 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $73

Item Description

A fascinating rare species, Rheniite is one of the few Rhenium-dominant CRYSTALLIZED minerals and is RARE worldwide. This miniature is from the Type Locality volcano in Far-Eastern Russia. It occurs at a volcanic vent in this remote area and scientists have to climb down into hot crevasses to find the stuff. A 1.5 cm vug hosts numerous silvery bright rheniite microcrystals and there are more tiny crystals scattered on the blocky volcanic matrix. Brought out of Russia in the late 1990s, I have not seen many for sale since. These usually sell for $500-1000, when they turn up on the market again. Ex Fersman Museum of Moscow. I know this because I bought it myself from Dmitriy Belakovskiy there, back in the 1990s, after material was collected on a museum expedition.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
donosty $73 08/06/2020 5:05:55 pm (CDT)
tblackwood1 $63 08/06/2020 5:05:55 pm (CDT)
donosty $53 08/06/2020 4:39:25 pm (CDT)
tblackwood1 $48 08/06/2020 4:39:25 pm (CDT)
donosty $43 08/05/2020 5:16:05 am (CDT)
rocks r us $38 08/03/2020 5:47:27 pm (CDT)
clinton $33 08/03/2020 5:47:13 pm (CDT)
rocks r us $32 08/03/2020 5:47:13 pm (CDT)
clinton $27 08/01/2020 9:50:39 pm (CDT)
rocks r us $22 08/01/2020 9:50:39 pm (CDT)
rocks r us $10 08/01/2020 1:16:28 pm (CDT)