Serpierite with Conichalcite

Serpieri Mine, Kamariza Mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion mining district, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece
Ex. Bob Reynolds; Jean Béhier
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 cm
Start Time: 09/14/2023 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/21/2023 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $36

Item Description

A cool micro specimen from the Lavrion Mining area in Greece, one of the oldest known districts of continued mining dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C.. This piece features micro rich blue colored crystals of Serpierite (first discovered in Lavrion) associated with little green spherical group of Conichalcite on matrix. There is a label with this specimen from "BURMINCO" that mentions the possibility of Buratite (the old name for Aurichalcite) on the specimen, but I really couldn't see any under magnification. A cool rarity from this historic locality.
From the collection of Robert (Bob) Reynolds. Bob was a well-known fossil and mineral expert and former Curator of Earth Sciences at the San Bernardino County Museum in California. The rare phyllomanganate-chromate species Reynoldsite was named in his honor in 2011. The piece includeds a fantastic old hand-written label from French mineralogist Jean Béhier (the namesake for the rare borate Béhierite) which mentions "Buranite" (possibly Beraunite?), but I couldn't find it. He died in 1965, so this piece is almost certainly at least 60 years old.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$36 09/21/2023 6:39:48 pm (CDT)
$33 09/21/2023 6:39:48 pm (CDT)
$20 09/18/2023 4:30:02 pm (CDT)
$15 09/17/2023 8:52:21 pm (CDT)
$11 09/17/2023 8:52:21 pm (CDT)
$10 09/15/2023 2:09:43 pm (CDT)