Smithsonite on Calcite - 1800s, ex Bement, American Museum

Altenberg Mine, Kelmis, Liege, Wallonia, Belgium
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 6.1 x 3.3 cm
Start Time: 09/23/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/30/2021 6:40:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $1,350
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Outstanding, mid-1800's combination piece from the Altenberg Mine in what is now Belgium, but was previously Prussia/Germany and at times part of The Netherlands. When I first picked this up, thoughts of the beautiful yellow Smithsonites from Berg Aukus came to mind, but these clusters are from Europe! The smithsonites are lovely, rounded, spikey, soft-yellow clusters to 9 mm, numerous and nicely distributed across the sparkly calcite covered matrix. Excellent aesthetics, but now let us consider the provenance: This was formerly in the world-renowned collections of Clarence Bement and the American Museum, as well as the that of Eugene Sensel. Accompanying the specimen is a long letter from a Belgian explaining the locality naming , and how the names changed since Bement's time....very interesting, actually!. Also accompanying is a scan/xerox paper of the full accession information from the New York American Museum of Natural History, showing Bement's purchase information (the museum obtained the collection around 1910 as a gift from banker, JP Morgan!). Note that Bement purchased this from apparently an English dealer in 1876 for the princely sum of $2 - a lot of money back then when the dollar was actually worth much more! The museum exchanged this out to Herb Obodda in 1983, legally. Wonderful history on this spectacular weird locality smithsonite specimen! Valued...nothing comparable, so it is hard to say, but good luck!

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $1,350 09/30/2021 6:31:53 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,300 09/30/2021 6:31:47 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,250 09/30/2021 6:31:47 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,200 09/30/2021 6:31:40 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,150 09/30/2021 6:31:40 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,100 09/30/2021 6:25:27 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,050 09/30/2021 6:22:17 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,000 09/30/2021 6:22:06 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $975 09/30/2021 6:22:06 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $950 09/30/2021 6:22:00 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $925 09/30/2021 6:22:00 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $900 09/30/2021 6:21:53 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $875 09/30/2021 6:21:53 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $850 09/30/2021 6:20:57 pm (CDT)
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Private Bidder * $750 09/30/2021 6:14:48 pm (CDT)
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Private Bidder * $700 09/30/2021 5:26:49 pm (CDT)
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Private Bidder $650 09/30/2021 5:24:23 pm (CDT)
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Private Bidder $575 09/30/2021 4:46:15 pm (CDT)
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Private Bidder $525 09/30/2021 4:40:23 pm (CDT)
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Private Bidder $90 09/24/2021 8:23:52 am (CDT)
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Private Bidder $10 09/24/2021 12:24:16 am (CDT)
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