very large Willemite, Calcite & Franklinite (classic!) Chet Lemanski Coll.

North Ore Body, Sterling Mine, Franklin Mining Dist., Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
Large Cabinet, 19.0 x 13.5 x 11.4 cm
Start Time: 05/01/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/06/2021 6:40:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $215
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Exceptional, VERY RARE, large 3-color fluorescent, 4 species ore specimen from the famed Sterling Mine. Documented specimens from the North Ore Body at Sterling Hill are extremely rare, as the MINDAT Photo Gallery features NO examples. One side of this hefty sculptural 360-degree zinc ore piece features lustrous granular "golden" Sphalerite (Reddish-Orange fluorescence) intermixed with pods of reddish-brown Willemite (Neon-Green fluorescence), off-white Calcite (very faint Pink or no fluorescence) and black Franklinite. The other two sides are distinctively different, as they are mostly reddish-brown Willemite with pods of Calcite and Franklinite. Sphalerite normally does not fluoresce, but at Sterling Hill it can. Ex Chet Lemanski Collection and acquired at the Franklin Mineral Museum in 1997 (he was on the board, and also helped develope the mine and property for the museum projet, and so he had unique access). A SUPERB combination rarity from Sterling Hill. Mass is 4062 grams or 8.9 pounds. This is a very important large fluorescent specimen from this classic locale.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $215 05/06/2021 6:30:51 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $205 05/06/2021 6:30:14 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $201 05/06/2021 6:29:58 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder * $201 05/06/2021 6:29:58 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $191 05/06/2021 6:29:12 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $181 05/06/2021 6:27:06 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $171 05/06/2021 6:25:27 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $165 05/06/2021 6:25:27 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $160 05/06/2021 5:54:24 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $150 05/06/2021 5:54:24 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $135 05/06/2021 4:56:50 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $125 05/06/2021 4:56:50 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $115 05/06/2021 10:46:35 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $105 05/06/2021 10:46:12 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $100 05/06/2021 10:46:11 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $87 05/05/2021 5:47:51 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $77 05/05/2021 5:47:51 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $49 05/04/2021 4:50:52 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $44 05/04/2021 9:37:14 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $40 05/04/2021 9:37:14 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $35 05/04/2021 9:37:05 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $30 05/04/2021 9:37:05 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $25 05/03/2021 10:40:44 pm (CDT)
Kate $20 05/03/2021 6:02:38 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $15 05/03/2021 12:42:31 pm (CDT)
Kate $10 05/03/2021 12:31:30 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.