Veszelyite on Hemimorphite (rare)

Palabanda Quarries, Mfouati, Mfouati District, Bouenza Department, Republic of the Congo
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 4.8 x 4.7 cm
Start Time: 03/28/2024 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/04/2024 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $292

Item Description

A good sized display specimen of this notably colorful, rare and beautiful material from the Palabanda Quarries in Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville). Around the mid 2000s, a few important discoveries have been made featuring attractive blue Hemimorphite from a few localities in the renowned copper deposits in Republic of the Congo. A few years ago (2020), the initial discovery was made featuring some excellent pieces of Hemimorphite associated with wonderful crystals of Veszelyite. We picked up a small but good quality parcel of this new and exciting material from what originally was said to be the M'Fouati Mine, but we're now aware that they came from the Palabanda Quarries. These specimens have excellent color and the vast majority are good sized display specimens. This piece features a fairly rich coverage of the rare copper zinc phosphate, Veszelyite sitting atop beautiful glowing sky blue colored botryoidal Hemimorphite on matrix. You can clearly see the Veszelyites with the naked eye (the aggregates measure up to 6 mm), but they are even better seen under magnification. A very attractive and good quality example of these beautiful new specimens. Veszelyite used to be a notably rare species, but recently discoveries both here and in China have made the species much more accessible for collectors.
You might have seen the prices on certain contemporary Veszelyites on the market recently, so this is a great chance to pick up a fine quality example for a bargain price. Valued $2400.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$292 04/04/2024 3:34:26 pm (CDT)
$282 04/04/2024 3:34:26 pm (CDT)
$270 04/04/2024 1:05:16 pm (CDT)
$260 04/04/2024 5:14:41 am (CDT)
$259 04/04/2024 5:14:41 am (CDT)
$249 04/03/2024 4:52:49 pm (CDT)