Wulfenite (ex Bob Reynolds Collection)

Hilltop Mine, Rustler Park, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Small Cabinet, 5.8 x 4.8 x 3.8 cm
Start Time: 01/20/2022 9:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/27/2022 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

A wonderful representative specimen from the famous old Hilltop Mine in southeastern Arizona. This locality hasn't operated since the 1950's (Most specimens came out in the 1880s to WWI era) so specimens are few and far between these days, and pieces like this are sought after by Arizona collectors. This specimen hosts dozens of fine, sharp, bladed, beautiful yellow colored tabular crystals of Wulfenite measuring up to 1.0 cm on edge, sitting atop sparkling, gemmy, colorless Quartz crystals on a sculptural matrix. Most of the Wulfenites are in good shape, though there are some contacts here and there, so the piece is not 100% pristine, but it's a very nice example of these now hard to find specimens from the famous old locale. From the collection of Robert (Bob) Reynolds. Bob was a well-known fossil and mineral expert and former Curator of Earth Sciences at the San Bernardino County Museum in California. The rare phyllomanganate-chromate species Reynoldsite was named in his honor in 2011.