The Tucson2017 Best Offer Mineral Auctions

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Item #A1

Rare specimen of gemmy natural Quartz var. Citrine crystals!
I say natural because so much of what is called Citrine in the marketplace today is actually
heated or irradiated Amethyst. True Citrines are rarely bright orange and are usually a bit
more on the yellowish-orange side. These five Citrine crystals are all fully terminated with
a gorgeous internal glow which is very noticeable through glassy reflective faces. Very nice!
From Olkhovka, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region, Russia.
Measures 10.5 cm by 7 cm by 9.3 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $2850

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$1250.00 2:31 AM 7/18/17 Singapore
       
       
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Item #A2

Exceptional and quite large specimen of Andamooka Opal in sandstone matrix!
This is easily the largest specimen of Andamooka Opal that I've seen in years! Its color play and flash
is incredible and I honestly can't recall a better specimen from this locality. By the way, it's also double
sided. The top picture illustrates the wide range of colors on the polished front side and the lower picture
shows the very different but equally as intense color arrangement on the polished back side. With this
unique matrix Opal specimen, you can take your pick of sides or display the specimen on a rotating base!
Sandstone Andamooka Opals are sugar treated before polishing to bring out the deepest colors the Opal
has to offer. Rarely do they achieve the depth of color of this specimen however, In perfect condition.
From the Andamooka Opal Fields, Andamooka Ranges, Stuart Shelf, South Australia, Australia.
Measures 10.2 cm by 7.5 cm by 1.5 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $6500

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Item #A3

Incredible combo piece of Rhodochrosite with Calcite, Arsenopyrite, and Quartz crystals!
Very attractive specimen featuring a base of pink Rhodochrosite which serves as host for numerous transparent
Calcite octahedrons with lustrous Arsenopyrite and Quartz crystals. The crystals are clean and free of contacting
and the combination is rather scarce. This is definately not a specimen that appears in the marketplace very often
From the Trepca Stan Terg Mine, Trepca complex, Trepca Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, District of Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo.
Measures 4.5 cm by 6.6 cm by 3.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Huber Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A4

Old time specimen of ISOLATED yellow Smithsonite nodules on Quartz crystals!
This is old Rush, Arkansas material, mined back in the early 1960s. It features a very unique look
with lustrous yellow nodules on brilliant Quartz crystals. These specimens are true Smithsonite and not
the "Turkey fat" pseudomorphs after Dolomite you usually see in the marketplace these days. This piece
is over 50 years old and is extremely rare. It's also in excellent condition with no visible contacts anywhere.
From Rush, Rush Creek District, Marion County, Arkansas.
Measures 5.2 cm by 6 cm by 2.2 cm in total size.
Ex. Bynum Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A5

Beautifully banded specimen of Variscite with Crandallite and Wardite!
The color of this polished section is gorgeous and the ringed patterns are much better than average. This is a
cabinet sized display slab and the color contrast between the three phosphate minerals makes for a great centerpiece.

From the Little Green Monster Variscite Mine, Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Oquirrh Mts, Utah Co., Utah.
Measures 9.6 cm by 11 cm by 1.2 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A6

Fine blades of deep orange Wulfenite on Barite clusters!
Impressive miniature, with blades measuring to 1.5 cm in size. The blades are sharp, well formed,
and translucent with a glasssy surface luster. They are almost all perfect with only one incomplete
blades near the exterior of the cluster. This was probably attached to the matrix prior to trimming.
From the Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
Measures 4.3 cm by 5.2 cm by 3.1 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A7

Large, lustrous crystal of Acanthite ps after Argentite with Chalcopyrite!
We acquired a collection of this very large, super lustrous Acanthite crystals while in Denver
and they are quite the sight to see. Most if not all display some hoppering indicating a very quick
formation as the Acanthite pseudomorphed the higher temperature Argentite. Exceptional crystal!
From Fresnillo de Gonzalez Echeverria (Fresnillo), Mun. de Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Measures 3.3 cm by 4.6 cm by 3.2 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A8

A Native Gold on Quartz that is as graceful as it is dramatic!
This specimen is from the "Mystery Wind Mine" and it actually looks wind blown, like a tree being swept by
a strong ocean breeze. The Gold is incredibly brilliant and displays a crystalline dendritic structure for the most
part as it conveys great motion above the white Quartz matrix from which it emerges. Interesting story regarding
the Mystery Wind Mine. It was a name given to Eagle's Nest specimens in an attempt to conceal their true identity.
Apparently, fine Gold specimens were being high-graded from the mine in the middle of the night as if swept away by
a mystery wind. Those removing the specimens sold them using the Mystery Wind name, apparently in an attempt to
be humorous or cheeky or perhaps both. I preserve the name because it was recorded as such on the collection label.
From the Eagle's Nest Mine (Mystery Wind Mine), Sage Hill, Michigan Bluff District, Placer County, California.
Measures 5.5 cm by 6.5 cm by 1.5 cm in total size.
Ex. Kalaskie Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $14,500

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Item #A9

Large, impressive crystal of Garnet var. Spessartine sitting atop Albite matrix!
Obviously the size of the Garnet far overshadows its small bit of white Albite matrix and I think
that's excellent from an aesthetic viewpoint. It emphasizes the size of the 3.5 cm Spessartine and
helps make the large crystal appear even larger. The Spessartine is in excellent condition with
beautifully striated surfaces and a strong rolling luster atop the faces. A great competition piece.
From the Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Measures 4 cm by 3 cm by 3.1 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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$465.00 1:31 PM 7/17/17 San Diego, CA
$490.00 4:43 pm 7/18/17 Knoxville, TN
       
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Item #A10

Gemmy yellow crystals of Brazilianite on white Albite matrix!
This cute small miniature sized specimen features an attractive grouping of gem Brazilianite
crystals, with the largest horizontal crystal measuring 2.7 cm in size. In excellent condition.
From the Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Measures 5.2 cm by 6 cm by 4.7 cm in total size.
Ex. Benoit Dumont Collection

Fair Market Value $1450

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Item #A11

Super aesthetic specimen featuring crystals of Native Silver on a Native Copper crystal!
Also with green Epidote accenting the edges, the large, iridescent Copper crystal in the middle
plays host to nearly a dozen well formed, lustrous crystals of Native Silver. This is one of the
most appealing Copper-Silver combos I've seen in the miniature size range in the past two decades.
From the Kearsarge Lode, Kearsarge Mine, Kearsarge, Houghton County, Michigan.
Measures 4.8 cm by 4 cm by 3.8 cm in total size.
Ex. Charles Leavitt Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $3500

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Item #A12

Exceptional cluster of Quartz var. Amethyst crystals!
Incredibly gemmy and deeply colored grape-jelly purple Amethyst crystals on a small amount of matrix.
The color and glassy luster of these crystals is among the best I've seen from Brandberg. The specimen
almost appears wet and the interiors glow in normal room lighting with internal phantoms quite visible.
From the Goboboseb Mts, Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia.
Measures 6.3 cm by 5.2 cm by 3.8 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $2450

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Item #A13

Aesthetic specimen  featuring a stair stepping display of Wulfenite tabs on Calcite!
I look the way the Wulfenites step up the matrix in ascending size until they reach the
largest crystal at top, measuring 2.2 cm in size. In excellent condition with barely a contact
anywhere and displaying lustrous, bright orange surfaces. One of the better miniatures I've seen.
From the Erupción Mine, Los Lamentos Mts (Sierra de Los Lamentos), Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 3.6 cm by 3 cm by 5.7 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1500

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$695.00 8:12 AM 7/19/17 New York, NY
       
       
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Item #A14

The "Silver Seahorse"
Aesthetic display of Native Silver crystals climbing atop one another with Calcite!
This fine specimen is from the world famous Kongsberg locality and it has all the
presence of a larger Silver at an affordable price. The crystals have a lovely antiquish
patina and a good amount of surface luster. They are intermingled with greyish Calcite
which can be seen near the center, covered by additional smaller crystals of Native Silver.
I named this specimen the Silver Seahorse and I think the photo shows the resemblance.
From the Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Svene, Flesberg, Buskerud, Norway.
Measures 5.2 cm by 3.9 cm by 2.1 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $4500

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Item #A15

Sharp, lustrous crystals of Azurite with Malachite on Calcite covered matrix!
This is a tremendous old time classic from Zacatecas. It was formally in the famed Romero Collection
before being donated to the University of Arizona Mineral Museum. With so much attention paid to the
Milpillas specimens these days, the old classic Azurites from Mexico are being somewhat overlooked
and this is definately one that should be taken notice of. The surface of this plate is covered from one
end to the other by dozens of glassy-lustrous Azurite crystals. The crystals measure to 1.4 cm in size
and average around 1 cm in size. They display chisel-tip terminations and many are doubly terminated.
Surrounding the dark blue Azurite crystals are transparent Calcites and a small cluster of Malachite
ps after Azurite crystals to the far right. They all sit atop a matrix covered with smaller Calcites and
the specimen is in excellent condition overall, with most contacts being limited to the trimming edge.
From Concepción del Oro, Mun. de Concepción del Oro, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Measures 9 cm by 14 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Ex. Miguel Romero, University of Arizona Mineral Museum Collections
Featured in The Mineralogical Record Mexico Edition
Comes with a custom made, engraved letter base
Fair Market Value $6500

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Item #A16

Brilliant rhombs of transparent Calcite clustered atop a green Malachite covered matrix!
A lovely specimen with great visual contrast between the stark white and mostly translucent to
transparent Calcite rhombs and the mossy-green textured Malachite. Along the upper right edge
is a Malachite stalactite that rises as high or slightly higher than the Calcite crystal cluster to its
left. This adds great balance to the specimen. In very good condition with only minor contacts.
From the Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico.
Measures 4.2 cm by 6 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.
Ex. Dawson Calcite Collection

Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A17

Rich specimen of Native Gold on Quartz covered matrix!
This specimen is covered from one end to the other with fine crystalline clusters of Native
Gold and is probably one of the richest specimens at the show in terms of coverage. Under
magnification, you can see hundreds of fine crystals, all arranged in dense dendritic patterns.
This locality has been mined since the Romans and is literally full of ancient mines with an open pit.
From Rosia Montana (Verespatak), Alba County, Romania.
Measures 6.5 cm by 5.8 cm by 2.6 cm in total size.
Ex. N. Yedlin, Charles Leavitt, Hauck Mineral Collections
Fair Market Value $2450

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Item #A18

Very fine specimen featuring Native Copper spinels with Smithsonite on matrix!
There are actually spinel-twins all over this specimen but the two at the very top really peak
the aesthetics of this great looking specimen. Colorless, lustrous rice-grain crystals of Smithsonite
are scattered about the Copper crystals and along the matrix on the right side. In excellent condition.
From the
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto), Namibia.
Measures 6.2 cm by 3.4 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1500

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Item #A19

Very aesthetic plate featuring colorless Calcite crystals with Stibnite spears on Dolomite covered matrix!
For some reason, rhombic Calcite with Stibnite spear combos are almost impossible to find at the shows. I don't know
if they don't survive the extraction process or if they are just very rare to find at the mining source but this is the
first plate of size that I've seen in years. The Calcite rhombs are transparent down to the matrix and measure to
3+ cm in size. They are glassy-lustrous with several internal rainbows. The brilliant Stibnite crystal spears
measure to over 6 cm in length and most exhibit terminations with one spear having terminated into matrix. The
crystals are in great shape with only a scattering of trivial contacts. I don't know when I'll find another of these.
From the Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measures 8.6 cm by 16 cm by 6.3 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $2450

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Item #A20

Large golden Selenite blades cluster!
This specimen glows under lighting and is also very fluorescent and phosphorescent! From what I've been told,
this locality is not producing much of anything these days and specimens are becoming hard to find at the shows
.
This lovely specimen displays gemmy blades of deep golden brown on all sides and in is excellent condition.

From the Red River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Measures 9.6 cm by 6.1 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $895

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Item #A21

Beautiful combination of Aqua-tipped Heliodor crystals on green Fluorite and Schorl Tourmaline!
I've sold a few of these scarce Beryl specimens over the last decade but this is the first combo
of Aqua-Heliodor crystals on green Fluorite that I've offered on the website! The crystals jut out
in all directions atop the Fluorite at their base and Schorl Tourmaline frames the specimen at both
the left and right edges. This is definately an eye catcher and one that is in excellent condition.
From the Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.
Measures 6.5 cm by 6.3 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Ex. Dr. Snizek Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $2450

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Item #A23

Rare specimen featuring a large, gemmy, golden Barite crystal on Chalcopyrite matrix!
This is something of an oddity because I've never seen a golden Barite from this locality, especially
one with gemminess. Some brownish Barite specimens were found at this mine a couple years ago but
nothing of this quality and color that I know of. The Barite at top is very glassy and lustrous with good
transparency. It measures 3.6 cm in size and sits atop a matrix of coated Chalcopyrite crystals. No damage.
From Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
Measures 4.6 cm by 5.3 cm by 3.9 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1500

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Item #A24

Lovely cabinet plate featuring Tourmaline crystals perched atop purplish Lepidolite blades!
There are three Tourmalines atop the Lepidolite. Two are gemmy pink and one is tri-colored
with gemmy sections of pink, green, and red (at the tip). One of the three crystals has been
professionally repaired and or stabilized and all are terminated with glassy, well striated faces.
The clusters of Lepidolite are also accented by Albite and white balls of the same. Very nice!
From the Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara Dist., Konar Province (Kunar Province), Afghanistan.
Measures 10.2 cm by 14 cm by 12.3 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $2850

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Item #A25

Great looking specimen of Galena cubes stacked atop Dolomite covered matrix with Calcite crystals!
One of my favorite specimens from Tucson, this cabinet display piece features three large mirror-bright
Galena cubes perched atop one another. The largest of these measures 6.5 cm across the corners. At the
top are a couple of frosted Calcite crystals and along the base and bottom side are numerous golden Calcites.
The Galenas are complete with a stepped back side formation. In wonderful condition with loads of eye appeal.
From the Brushy Creek Mine, Greeley, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County, Missouri.
Measures 11.2 cm by 11.2 cm by 7.5 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $2850

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Item #A26

Attractive combination featuring a bi-colored Fluorite with Quartz crystals!
One of the more unusual looking Fluorites from the show featuring a Fluorite displaying
both purple and blue coloration set among Muscovite accented Quartz crystals. Very nice!
From the Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
Measures 6 cm by 9.7 cm by 5.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Gunter Ertle Collection
Fair Market Value $1500

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Item #A27

Bright yellow specimen of Fluorite cubes with Quartz and Calcite from Germany!
Beautiful large cabinet plate of gemmy golden-yellow Fluorite cubes measuring to 1 cm in size.
The cubes are highly lustrous and flashy with Quartz and Calcite accents. In excellent condition.
From Stolberg, Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Measures 15.5 cm by 15.3 cm by 6.4 in total size.
Ex. Franklin Institute Collection
Fair Market Value $2450

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Item #A28

Beautiful cluster of pink Rose Quartz crystals on matrix!
Numerous glassy, terminated Rose Quartz crystals grew together on matrix to create this
stunning specimen! The back side shows that the crystals formed against a large crystal of
Orthoclase which is no longer present. This allows for the passage of light through the pink,
transparent gemmy crystal tips along the top. In excellent condition with a dazzling flash.
From the Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Measures 5 cm by 6.5 cm by 2.8 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A29

Amazing cabinet plate featuring large snowball Calcites with Siderite on Sphalerite!
I rarely see these impressive specimens at the shows and this one came to market from an older
European collection. This plate is in wonderful condition and displays numerous snowball Calcites,
measuring to 3 cm in size! They sit atop yellowish-brown Siderite crystals and a flashy-lustrous layer
of shiny Sphalerite crystals. Very aesthetic and 3-dimensional in appearance, this is a true classic!
From the Rudabánya, Rudabányai Mts, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary.
Measures 10.2 cm by 11.5 cm by 5 cm in total size.
Ex. Huber, Otto Fitz Mineral Collections
Fair Market Value $2850

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Item #A30

IMPRESSIVE large cabinet sized plate featuring a combination of Sphalerite with Galena, Quartz, and Realgar crystals!
This is the largest specimen I've seen from the Palomo Mine, a Silver mine which has long since been closed but which is still
mined by the local population for specimens of value. The color combination on this large plate is stunning and the red Realgar
crystals really makes the piece pop. There's also some orange Orpiment around the Realgar edges which adds additional contrast.
From the Palomo Mine, Castrovirreyna Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru.
Measures 17.4 cm by 27 cm by 16.2 cm in total size.
Ex. Phillips Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $3500

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