Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz & Cleavelandite (old) Bill Larson Coll.

Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande., San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.5 x 9.5 x 8.8 cm
Start Time: 10/07/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 10/14/2021 6:40:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $608
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Aesthetic, sculptural and deceptive old-time tourmaline combination from the renowned Himalaya Mine. Two tourmalines are beautifully set amidst translucent smoky quartz crystals with frosted faces and an impressive contrasting field of glassy parallel-growth cleavelandite blades. The lustrous, striated trigonal tourmalines are 6.4 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm and 5.4 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm and have matte-lustre black terminations. The deceptive tourmalines look like schorls - BUT backlighting reveals that both prisms have layered zones of gemmy/tranlucent rich olive-green color. Essentially pristine. You barely notice, that the small smoky on the front of the large tourmaline has been reattached. Certainly acceptable in the context of pegmatite species. This very fine old-time combination was collected in the 1950s to 1970s, when Ralph Potter owned the mine. Pala Properties (Bill Larson) did not acquire the mine until 1977. See the fine articles on the Himalaya in the 1977 Mineralogical Record, Vol 8, No. 6 and 2002 Mineralogical Record Vol. 33, No. 5 issues. Ex Bill Larson San Diego County Pegmatite Collection and long on display at his Pala International shop in Fallbrook. An outstanding and classic old Himalaya tourmaline combination with artistic form. It displays well without aid.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $608 10/14/2021 6:32:40 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $583 10/14/2021 6:29:16 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $571 10/14/2021 6:29:16 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $546 10/14/2021 6:27:17 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $521 10/14/2021 6:22:57 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $511 10/14/2021 6:22:57 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $488 10/14/2021 12:03:06 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $478 10/14/2021 12:03:05 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $460 10/13/2021 2:58:54 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $450 10/13/2021 2:58:54 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $410 10/11/2021 9:33:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $400 10/11/2021 9:32:43 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $400 10/11/2021 9:32:43 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $360 10/11/2021 9:32:32 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $350 10/11/2021 9:32:32 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $330 10/11/2021 8:24:57 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $320 10/11/2021 8:24:57 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $310 10/09/2021 7:15:21 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $300 10/09/2021 7:15:21 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $210 10/09/2021 12:33:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $200 10/09/2021 12:33:02 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $180 10/09/2021 11:05:47 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $170 10/09/2021 11:05:47 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $160 10/09/2021 10:40:59 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $150 10/09/2021 10:40:59 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $110 10/09/2021 9:25:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $100 10/09/2021 9:25:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $20 10/09/2021 7:41:02 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $15 10/09/2021 7:41:02 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 10/08/2021 7:49:24 pm (CDT)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.