Torbernite (classic locality)

Shinkolobwe Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove Territory, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo
Ex. Chet Lemanski
Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 5.2 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 01/25/2024 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/01/2024 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $170

Item Description

Wonderful rich emerald green "rosettes" composed of thin platy crystals of Torbernite cover a few sides of this small cabinet specimen. The largest crystal measures about 3 mm. Very attractive up close, and certainly a wonderful example of this beloved and sought after copper uranium phosphate from this classic locality.
From the collection of Chester ("Chet") S. Lemanski Jr. of Browns Mills, New Jersey ( Collection #20585CL. Chet's collection catalogue states that he acquired this piece in May of 1986 from a "hippy dealer" at the Hackensack Show. Chet was born 1947 in started collecting minerals circa 1957. He worked briefly as a drill runner at the famous Sterling Mine, in Ogdensburg, New Jersey and from 1987 to 1990 he helped convert the mine into a public access mining museum. He has held the role of treasurer, vice president and president of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society (FOMS), and has been a board member and vice president of the Franklin Mineral Museum. The rare copper arsenate, Lemanskiite was named in his honor in 1999.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$170 02/01/2024 2:17:07 pm (CST)
$160 02/01/2024 2:17:07 pm (CST)
$85 02/01/2024 12:51:08 pm (CST)
$75 02/01/2024 12:51:08 pm (CST)
$65 01/27/2024 9:55:00 pm (CST)
$55 01/27/2024 9:55:00 pm (CST)
$51 01/26/2024 11:04:19 am (CST)
$46 01/26/2024 11:04:19 am (CST)
$41 01/26/2024 7:23:52 am (CST)
$36 01/26/2024 7:23:52 am (CST)
$10 01/25/2024 11:03:16 pm (CST)