The Denver 2017 FLASH Auction

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Item #A1

Dramatic crystalline display featuring numerous slightly yellow Calcite crystals perched atop Galena!
An amazing Calcite cluster, consisting of numerous crystals in the 4 to 5 cm size range, all standing vertically
atop a base of lustrous Galena. The Calcites exhibit a wet looking luster and are nearly transparent at their
tips. The display is quite unique and somewhat resembles a glove although some may see a turkey. The
specimen is in excellent condition and the Calcites are nearly pristine with full terminations and few contacts.
From Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measurements - 10 cm by 12 cm by 9.3 cm in total size (cabinet size).

Fair Market Value $2850

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Item #A2

Gorgeous rhomb of Rhodochrosite sitting atop Quartz crystals!
It looks like a Sweet Home Rhodo but it's not. It's from the famous Pasto Bueno locale in Peru
and this specimen is one of the finest Rhodochrosites from there that I've found in years. The rhomb
is quite large, measuring 3 cm in size, corner to corner. it is complete and display the hot pinkish-red
color that the best Pasto Bueno Rhodos are reknown for. The rhomb sits atop a matrix of Quartz crystals
smaller Rhodo rhombs along the base. In excellent condition with great eye appeal with only trivial contacts.
Note - The white area at the top right corner is not a contact, it is a tiny inclusion and the corner is complete.
From Pasto Bueno, Pampas District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru.
Measures 3.8 cm by 4.4 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $6500

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Item #A3

Very rare specimen featuring a Diamond crystal on Kimberlite matrix!
This is a perfectly formed 1 carat Diamond of top brilliance and color firmly attached to the host matrix.
Diamonds from the Pretoria District of South Africa are almost never found on matrix and very few were
preserved over the years. The Diamond crystal measures .7 cm in size with sharp, facet-like faces and a very
intense internal brilliance that becomes almost blinding when highlighted. A true rarity and a unique opportunity.
From the Premier Mine (Cullinan Mine), Cullinan, Pretoria District, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
Measures 8 cm by 6.8 cm by 5.5 cm in total size.
Original handwritten label dated 1925-1927

Fair Market Value $16,500

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Item #A4

Old European classic! Very fine specimen of blue Kyanite crystals with Staurolite!
I rarely see these unique combos in the marketplace and this was one of the nicer specimens.
Both the blue gemmy Kyanite crystals and Staurolites are on a matrix of Paragonite Schist.
From Pizzo Forno, Mt. Campione, Ticino, Switzerland.
Measures 11.5 cm by 9.5 cm by 3.7 cm in total size.
Ex. Van Tichelen Mineral Collection
Comes with old E. M. Gunnell label dated 9-15-1959
Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A5

Exceptional combination specimen featuring a large Scheelite with Fluorite and a Goshenite Beryl!
Specimens with this variety of minerals on the same plate are so incredibly difficult to find in today's
marketplace and this is one the finest I've seen since the mid 2000's! It displays like a charm, with
an upright positioning and a super lustrous, nearly 5 cm Scheelite at the bottom, topped by a smaller
Scheelite at the top with transparent Fluorite cystals an a milky-Goshenite Beryl along the far right
edge. The large Scheelite displays a brilliance and vibrance that only the deeper colored specimens
can produce and there is a good amount of translucency in this crystal, despite its large size. The
Fluorites are crystal-clear and brilliant and the Goshenite is a true Goshenite, not a pale Aqua like is
so often seen from China. In excellent condition with only trivial contacts. It will be hard to top this one.
From Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China.
Measures 8.2 cm by 6 cm by 4 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $8500

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Item #A6

Exceptional specimen of Native Silver crystals in cluster atop small amounts of Native Copper!
Very well crystallized specimen, displaying numerous well formed crystals of Native Silver branching our
from the base and climbing upwards atop one another. All are terminated with rounded terminations and
the surfaces are highly lustrous with a light greyish patina. The look of this specimen reminds me somewhat
of the spoked Cerussite clusters and is the second Native Silver I've offered on the website with that structure.
From the Kearsarge Mine, Kearsarge, Houghton County, Michigan.
Measures 4 cm by 5.7 cm by 2.7 cm in total size.
Ex. Barnett, Kevin Ward Mineral Collections
Comes with a custom made, labeled display base
Fair Market Value $6500

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Item #A7

Gorgeous, gemmy Golden Calcite crystal set alongside sparkling Dolostone matrix!
The Calcite crystal measures 15.3 cm tip to tip and displays a beautiful deep golden coloration with
gemmy interiors. It is doubly terminated and perched 3-dimensionally atop a matrix of Dolostone
with a smaller Calcite crystal as a companion. The crystal is super glassy and nearly perfect with
only a tiny chip near the top termination and some tiny chatter along the back left edge. Nothing
unusual for a Calcite of this size and very minor. The tips are super clear and can be read though.
From the Elmwood Mine, Smith County, Tennessee.
Measures 20 cm by 16.6 cm by 7.8 cm in total size.
Comes with a custom made, labeled display base
Fair Market Value $4850

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Item #A8

Classic plate featuring fine ribbons of Native Gold scattered atop brown Quartz crystals!
I rarely encounted Colorado Gold specimens at the shows and this one came to market from an older
collection. The Hematite stained Quartz crystal surface plays host to numerous crystalline ribbons of
brilliant Native Gold, including several clusters. The Gold is very lustrous and easily visible against the
darker brown background. The is a cabinet sized plate and would make a great addition to a Colorado suite!
From the Telluride District (Upper San Miguel District), San Juan Mts, San Miguel County, Colorado.
Measures 12.6 cm by 9.6 cm by 7.4 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $6500

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Item #A9

Gemmy cluster of deep red Realgar crystals with Pararealgar along the edges on matrix!
This is the first Realgar on matrix I've seen in years so they have become scarce. The crystals are sharp and very
glassy with a rolling luster highlighting the intensely red surfaces. There about a dozen crystals here and all are
complete with several showing some edge alteration to Pararealgar framing the centers. In excellent condition.
From the Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen County, Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measures 5.4 cm by 8 cm by 6.5 cm in total size.

Ex. Charles M. Noll Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A10

Beautiful large cube of aqua-blue Fluorite with internal lavender zoning on Siderite covered matrix!
This is a gemmy cube, displaying lustrous-glassy surfaces and complete edges. The cube is perched
atop a golden-brown Siderite crystal covered matrix. In excellent condition overall with a fine display.
From the Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measurements - 5.6 cm by 5.7 cm by 4.7 cm in total size (miniature size).
Ex. Vermont, Holloway Mineral Collections
Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A11

Lustrous dendrites of Native Silver on Quartz matrix!
An exceptional example of fine herringbone crystal formation, not from Batopilas, but from
the San Genaro Mine. Brilliant luster rolls across the fine crystalline dendrites on both front
and back with a 2+ cm spinel twin shooting across the very top. This is easily one of the most
attractive small miniatures that I've seen from the San Genaro Mine. In excellent condition.
From the San Genaro Mine, Castrovirreyna Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru.
Measures 3.7 cm by 4.3 cm by 2.5 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $2500

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Item #A12

Gorgeous specimen featuring gem golden Calcite crystals with Quartz var. Amethyst!
A wonderful combination piece which displays a cluster of golden Calcites with some of the sharpest,
most distinct phantoms I've seen in a long time. A sparkling micro-crystalline coating of Hematite sprays
outlines the earlier terminations which are now visible through the gemmy, glassy Calcite exteriors. This
cluster sits alongside a gemmy purple cluster of Amethyst crystals which display some of their own internal
phantoming. There are also two additional isolated Amethyst crystals atop the Calcites. In excellent condition.
From Ametista do Sul, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Measures 9 cm by 11 cm by 7.2 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $5500

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Item #A13

Absolutely gorgeous specimen of tabular orange Wulfenite on greenish-brown Endlichite accented Calcite matrix!
This is one of the finest small cabinet sized specimens I've seen in years and it is from the part of the mine which is
under water, making specimens of this quality extremely scarce. The thick Wulfenite tabs measures to 2 cm in size
and are virtually pristine with a brilliant, glassy luster. The specimen is beautifully trimmed with well centered crystals.
From the Erupción Mine, Los Lamentos Mts (Sierra de Los Lamentos), Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 4.2 cm by 9 cm by 5.2 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $4850

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Item #A14

Gorgeous crystals of purple zoned, bluish-lavender Fluorite with Quartz accenting!
A wonderful cabinet specimen which displays darker purple phantoms beneath bluish exteriors
and lutrous crystal faces. The Fluorite is accented by sparkling Quartz clusters and sits atop a
drusy covered matrix. This is a very clean and blemish free specimen that sits all on its own.
From Berbes, Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.
Measures 9.3 cm by 12.3 cm by 11 cm in total size.
Ex. Gunter Ertle Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $2850

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Item #A15

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 #A16

Tri-State Classic featuring gorgeous crystals of deep golden Calcite on Chert matrix!
This is one of the finest Tri-State Calcites that I've ever offered. The crystals are gemmy with
some of the best golden color you'll ever see from this classic mining district. Their color is more
in line with something you'd see coming from the Elmwood Mine! I love the way three distinct
crystals habits appear on the same matrix, with the largest crystal in the back being doubly
terminated. It measures 7.5 cm in length and it as clear as glass near the tips and along the
upper edge. I can read the label card through the interior of the crystal! In excellent condition
with no damage to speak of - this specimen is incredibly well preserved considering its age.
From the Picher Mine, Picher Field, Tri-State District, Ottawa County, Oklahoma.
Measures 9 cm by 11.8 cm by 5.4 cm in total size.

Ex. Farnham Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $4850

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Item #A17

Tremendous specimen of Native Wire Silver atop a matrix of massive Silver!
This incredible specimen hails from the obscure Shaft #66 in Schlema!
I'm told that this shaft is
actually located near the center of town and that specimens from there are quite rare. The wires rise
up from a matrix that is mostly massive Silver and thin wires intertwined with small bits of Calcite.
The wires that stand upwards are more like knarled ropes and they are all very stable. This is
easily one of the finest Schlema Silvers I've seen in a long time and would make a wonderful
addition to a Silver specimen suite or European mineral collection. Superb, aesthetic small cab!
From Shaft #66, Schlema, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Measures 5 cm by 7.4 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.

Ex. Wolfgang Wendel, Kevin Ward Mineral Collections
Fair Market Value $9500

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Item #A18

Super lustrous and scarce specimen of crystalline Native Leaf Gold on white Quartz matrix!
The Gold appears as brilliant leaves which emerge from and sit atop the bright white Quartz.
The color of the Gold is a very lustrous butter-yellow indicating a small Silver presence in
the mix. One of the most aesthetic Golds from a collection of Oriental Mine specimens.
From the Oriental Mine, Alleghany, Forest District, Sierra County, California.
Measures 3.6 cm by 3.3 cm by 3.2 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $4500

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Item #A19

Fine specimen displaying Cinnabar crystals sitting atop Dolomite on matrix!
Both Cinnabars are sharp with great crystal form and lustrous, red surfaces. Both measure just
shy of 2 cm in size and they sit aesthetically atop the cream-colored Dolomite saddlebacks. When
I place a spotlight next to each Cinnabar crystal, they light up, displaying translucent to almost
transparent interiors and glow a rich, intense red color. Well preserved and in excellent condition.
From the Tongren Mine, Tongren Co., Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China.
Measures 4.8 cm by 8.5 cm by 3 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $4500

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Item #A20

Gorgeous, glowing specimen of Golden Fluorite cubes with Calcite crystals!
A stunning specimen that is pretty much pure golden except for a small amount of raspberry accenting along
the top edges.
I mentioned there was an internal glow to this specimen and simply holding it in normal room
lighting makes this apparent. The cubes, which measure to nearly 8 cm at their largest, are very gemmy just
beneath the smooth, extremely glassy surfaces. This allows even the faintest light to easily penetrate the
Fluorite interiors where it then reflects off the more opaque centers. The visual impact of this is a warm,
golden-yellow glow with orange undertones. I can only imagine how much this specimen would light up if
given a direct spotlight. The specimen is overall in very good condition for a plate of its size. There are a
few scattered contacts but they pretty much get lost in the intensity of the specimen's color. Small doubly
terminated Calcite crystals accent the reflective surfaces. The trimming is excellent and there is some
slight etching along the edges which gives the specimen a look which is less trim-like and more natural.
From the Minerva Mine #1, Hardin County, Illinois.
Measures 13.5 cm by 21 cm by 9.5 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $3500

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Item #A21

Tremendous plate featuring Purple Fluorite cubes set against large, connected Galenas!
This is one of most unique Illinois Fluorites I've seen and I love the arrangement of the large
Galena cubes in the background, forming a "mountain range" above the Fluorite and Galena
covered surface in the foreground. The Galenas are quite interesting in that they almost look
like twinned crystals. There are three cubes in the cluster and they appear to be grown together
at the edges, creating the unique mountain-like appearance. In excellent condition with only a
scattering of tiny contacts on some Fluorites. You'll be hard pressed to find a more unique combo.
From the Denton mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois.
Measures 8 cm by 11.6 cm by 12 cm in total size.
Ex. Philip Eglsaer Mineral Collection
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Item #A22

Great looking old time Pyromorphite from Idaho!
This is a incredibly good specimen from this locality which although being not too far from the more famous
Bunker Hill Mine, is very distinct and specimens of this quality are certainly uncommon. The specimen is
covered with super lustrous, hoppered crystals measuring to 1 cm in size. I must admit I was surprised by
the quality of the specimen because most Pyromorphites from here are dull and ugly green. This one is
so good that it almost looks German and it is also in excellent condition. This is a major American Pyro.
From the Sherman Mine (Leary Mine), Burke, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho.
Measures 4.8 cm by 6.1 cm by 3.4 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A23

Brilliant, lustrous crystal of Carrolite with Chalcopyrite on matrix!
A super lustrous crystal sitting perfectly atop the white matrix, this crystal exhibit pristine form and measures
1.4 cm in size. It is bordered on the back side by Chalcopyrite and smaller Carollite crystals. Very nice and flashy.
From the Kamoya 5th Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Measures 3.5 cm by 4.5 cm by 2.3 cm in total size.

Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
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Item #A24

Brilliant cabinet display specimen featuring Chlorite included Quartz crystals on matrix!
A spectacular cluster with a main vertical crystal measuring 11+ cm in size, sitting atop the matrix
and terminated perfectly atop criss-crossing crystals at its base. The lower crystals display moss-like
inclusions of green Chlorite beneath crystal-clear surfaces. Very glassy and in excellent condition with
only two small natural contacts near the tips of the lower Quartz crystals. These do not detract and are
nearly invisible when the specimen is viewed. The main Quartz crystal is pristine with full brilliance.
From Ganesh Himal (Ganesha), Dhading District, Bagmati Zone, Nepal.
Measures 17.3 cm by 11.5 cm by 7.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Bahmann Mineral Collection
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Item #A25

Very fine specimen featuring reddish-pink rhombs of Rhodochrosite atop micro-Quartz crystals!
This is one of the finest Sunnyside Rhododchrosite specimens that I've seen in years and while they
do appear in the marketplace from time to time, they are rarely of this quality and depth of color.
The rhombs are sharp, measuring to 1.2 cm in size, and they beautifully cover the snowy-white Quartz.
This is a specimen that will both attract your eye with color and dazzle with sparkling Quartz brilliance.
From the Sunnyside Mine (American Tunnel), Gladstone, Eureka District, San Juan County, Colorado.
Measures 8 cm by 6 cm by 3.4 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $4500

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Item #A26

Very fine example featuring numerous Boleite cubes on hardened matrix!
There are literally dozens of these lustrous blue crystals, with the largest cubes measuring around .6 cm
in size. All are stable on the matrix and there is no damage to speak of except for trivial bumps. The cubes
are also mostly clean with very little matrix attachment. The corners glow under lighting. In excellent condition.
From the Amelia Mine, Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur (BC Sur), Mexico.
Measures 7.5 cm by 7 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $3500

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Item #A27

Exceptional crystal-clear Fluorite dodecahedron perched between Green Quartz
(Hedenbergite included) and atop Calcite! The glassy Fluorite itself is pristine and very
lustrous, measuring nearly 4 cm across the front. A smaller sidecart crystal is incomplete
on the backside but this doesn't affect the large Fluorite. Most of the Green Quartz
crystals are terminated with the largest being doubly terminated. The Calcites near
the bottom add a nice touch to what is a very attractive specimen of bygone mining.
From Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia.
Measures 7.4 cm by 6 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.

Ex. Edward David Collection
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Item #A28

Beautifully crystallized Native Copper "fan" on Native Copper crystals!
Thi
s specimen is somewhat unusual for the White Pine Mine which is usually known for its
wires and fine dendrites. The top portion is an impressive crystalline fan that can be displayed
from either the front or back sides. The fan sits atop a more typical dendritic crystal formation at
the bottom and I love the visual impact of a large fan-like arrangement of crystals atop a smaller
dendritic growth. This is the way the specimen is displayed on its acrylic base as well. The surfaces
are lustrous and the crystallization is sharp and distinctive. A lovely antique patina covers all surfaces
and also allows the reddish color to peak through between the crystal faces. This is a great display piece.
From the White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan.
Measures 19.7 cm by 8.7 cm by 1.8 cm in total size.

Comes with a custom made, labeled display base
Fair Market Value $6500

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Item #A29

Exceptional specimen featuring Proustite crystals with Acanthite and Native Silver on Calcite!
This classic old museum piece dates back to the 1850's and is quite simply the finest specimen of German
Proustite crystals on matrix that I've seen or owned! The Proustite has been well protected and still has a
considerable amount of redness when exposed to direct light. The addition of Acanthite and Native Silver
wires makes the piece extraordinary. The matrix is covered by fine stacked crystals of white Calcite!
From the Himmelsfürst Mine, Brand-Erbisdorf, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Measures 8.5 cm by 7 cm by 6.8 cm in total size.
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Comes with a custom made, labeled base
Fair Market Value $18,500

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Item #A30

Luscious grape jelly-purple Fluorite with zoning and Barite crystals!
One of the prettiest Berbes Fluorite from the show, this specimen has all the qualities collectors look for.
Deep, gemmy purple cubes. Strong color zoning. And last but not least, large blades of cream colored
Barite atop the cluster and along the base. In excellent condition with no contacts worth mentioning.
From Berbes, Berbes Mining Area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.
Measures 10.2 cm by 8.3 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Comes with an engraved display stand

Fair Market Value $2850

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