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The Tucson 2016 Best Offer Mineral Auction

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Please feel free to place a bid at this level or make your own offer above or below the reserve. Any offers
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Tucson2016-162BLWulfeniteAgghoualMilbladenMorocco.jpg (341093 bytes)
Item #A1

Cute specimen featuring deep orange blades of Wulfenite perched atop Barite matrix!
This is an attractive specimen which is free of damage and displays the orange blades
in a vertical display above the tan matrix. The blades are translucent and gemmy at the
edges. The largest blade just right of center measures 1.8 cm in size. Very nice miniature.
From Adeghoual, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
Measures 2.5 cm by 5.3 cm by 3.2 cm in total size.
Ex. B. Lockhart Mineral Collection
Comes with a custom made, labeled display base
Fair Market Value $1850

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Tucson2015-311GarnetApatiteMuscoviteShigarValleyPakistan46mm.jpg (322356 bytes)
Item #A2

Gorgeous combination specimen featuring Spessartine Garnet with Apatite, Albite, and Muscovite!
A specimen with a superb arrangement that is both balanced and aesthetic. The deep red Garnets
climb upwards along the left side, penetrating a light pink Apatite crystal measuring 2.2 cm in the
process. They are flanked by bright white Albite crystals and balanced off by a series of large,
reflective Muscovite blades along the right edge. In great condition with no detracting contacts.
From the Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan.
Measures 4.8 cm by 4.3 cm by 2 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1850

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Tucson2015-324GoldEaglesNestMineCalifornia3cm.jpg (205597 bytes)
Item #A3

Brilliant specimen of crystalline Native Gold on Quartz matrix!
This specimen displays some incredibly lustrous and mirror-reflective Native Gold
crystals climbing atop one another along side the white Quartz matrix. For its size, this
specimen carries a lot of crystalline bang for the buck. It's amazing under magnification.
From the Colorado Quartz Mine, Mariposa County, Colorado.
Measures 3.1 cm by 2.2 cm by 1.8 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1850

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Tucson2016-170AzuriteMalachiteCopperMtnDistrictShannonMtnsGreenleeCountyArizona.jpg (622097 bytes)
Item #A4

Gorgeous large plate of incredibly blue Azurite with patches of green Malachite!
This is an amazing display piece and the patterning alone makes it worth the price.
Under normal lighting the plate takes on a dark but vivid blue coloration with patches
of green Malachite interwoven throughout. When given a direct light, the dark blue
changes over to an intense royal blue and glows as it displays all its fine patterns and
various shades of blue within the darker blue surfaces. This could easily be a centerpiece.
From the Copper Mountain District, Shannon Mts., Greenlee County, Arizona.
Measures 10.9 cm by 15.9 cm by 2.4 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $2500

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Tucson2015-285CalciteSphaleriteElmwoodMineTennessee85mm.jpg (230403 bytes)
Item #A5

Golden jewel of a Calcite rising upwards atop reddish Sphalerite crystal matrix!
This is a completely terminated crystal, with glassy-lustrous faces over gemmy golden interiors.
The crystal habit is sharp and well centered on the Sphalerite with no indication on contacting anywhere.
From the Elmwood Mine, Smith County, Tennessee.
Measures 8.5 cm by 5.2 cm by 5.4 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1250

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Tucson2016-68LDCrocoiteAdelaideMineAustralia6cm.jpg (304126 bytes)
Item #A6

Deep reddish-orange crystals of Crocoite in a criss-crossing cluster!
Very attractive specimen featuring some pretty impressive crystals. The Crocoite
in the foreground measures 5 cm in length by a pretty thick .5 cm in width. Many of
the crystals are terminated and all display a rolling surface luster and vibrant color.
From the Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, Tasmania, Australia.
Measures 5.8 cm by 5.4 cm by 3 cm in total size.
Ex. Len DeRiggi Collection
Fair Market Value $1500

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Tucson2014-177FluoriteSphaleriteOzarkMahoningMIneIllinois9cm.jpg (265272 bytes)
Item #A7

Gorgeous golden Fluorite with color zoning surrounding Sphalerite and Calcite crystals!
A beautiful combination to say the least. This fine Fluorite has a rich, bright golden coloration with
lavender zoning on many of the gemmy cubes. It surrounds a large Sphalerite in the center and hosts
a smaller Sphalerite crystal near the top. The larger Sphalerite is accenting by doubly terminated,
light yellow Calcite crystals. In very good condition overall with only trimming edge contacting.
From the Ozark-Mahoning Mine, Cave-In-Rock Sub-District, Hardin Co., Illinois.
Measures 9.5 cm by 7.5 cm by 5.7 cm in total size.

Ex. Trimingham Mineral Collection (Acquired in 1968)
Fair Market Value $2450

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Tucson2016-176OpalFossilAustralia25mm.jpg (226892 bytes)
Item #A8

Flashy specimen of Precious Opal after a fossilized Belemnitel!
This specimen displays brilliant flashes of green, blue, and lavender against a glowing purple
and super gemmy interior. It's fully replaced by Opal and could be cut into a wonderful gemstone!
From the Andamooka opal fields, Andamooka Ranges, Stuart Shelf, South Australia, Australia.
Measures 2.5 cm by 1.5 cm by 1.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $785

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Tucson2015-308FluoriteQuartzDeerTrailMineUtah9cm.jpg (351862 bytes)
Item #A9

Pretty specimen of green Fluorite on bright white Quartz matrix!
This is a beautiful specimen, and one that I don't see at the shows very often these days.
It comes from the Deer Trail Mine in Utah and the Fluorites actually have to be freed from
a thin Quartz druse coating. This is usually old material and quite beautiful material as well,
with a variation of the green color that I can't recall seeing from any other locality. It's a light
pastel green with just a hint of sea-green or blue-green in the mix. This small cabinet sized
plate is in excellent condition with few contacts and crystals on both the front and back sides.
From the Deer Trail Mine, Mount Baldy District, Cottonwood Creek, Tushar Mts, Piute Co., Utah.
Measures 8.6 cm by 9.2 cm by 3.3 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $685

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Tucson2015-160SilverWhitePineMineMichigan4cm.jpg (432297 bytes)
Item #A10

Super fine specimen of crystalline Native Silver with white Calcite!
This specimen is crystalline dendritic form in all its wonder and glory. It's incredibly aesthetic
and the sharp crystal dendrites are some of the best I've seen recently from this classic locality.
From the White Pine Mine, Ontonagon County, Michigan.

Measures 3.5 cm by 4 cm by .8 cm in total size.
Ex. LaBerge Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $1500

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Tucson2016-161PyriteonHematiteRioMarinaElbaItaly.jpg (376738 bytes)
Item #A11

Complete, lustrous golden Pyrite crystal sitting atop iridescent Hematite blades!
Great looking specimen with lots of flash and color and a 3.5 cm Pyrite. The Pyrite
is a Pyritohedron which is complete and uncontacted on all sides. It sits centered
atop blades of Hematite displays shades of green, purple, yellow-golden, orange,
red, and blue. A beautiful rainbow of colors to contrast with the Pyrite crystal.
From Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy.
Measures 5.2 cm by 4.7 cm by 4 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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Tucson2016-165QuartzSceptersLilianaMineChihuahuaMexico.jpg (346685 bytes)
Item #A12

Aesthetic specimen featuring two Quartz scepters rising out from a matrix pocket!
Dramatic looking specimen - both scepters are in pristine condition and display a slightly
Smoky tip. This appears to be the result of the scepter being more Smoky in appearance
while the rest of the crystal is almost completely white. I can also detect a phantom just
beneath the scepter. In excellent condition with glassy crystal faces and textured surfaces.
From the Liliana Mine, Mun. de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 9.5 cm by 7.8 cm by 6.5 cm in total size.
Ex. Beau Gordon Jr. Collection
Fair Market Value $985

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Tucson2016-169GoldGolTsagaanRiverDistrictMongolia.jpg (194515 bytes)
Item #A13

Stunning specimen of lustrous Native Gold!
This specimen is amazingly bright and covered with small, rounded crystals. The luster
is as intense as you'll ever see in a Native Gold and it can be displayed from all sides.
From the Gol Tsagaan River District, Mongolia.
Measures 2.2 cm by 2.2 cm by 1 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1500

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Tucson2015-125WVTLinariteGalenaBlanchardMineNewMexico5cm.jpg (328603 bytes)
Item #A14

Vivid blue sprays of Linarite covered this Anglesite coated Galena on Quartz!
A specimen that is both incredible flashy and colorful, the sprays across the face of
this Galena are among the most impressive you will see from this locality. The Galena
appears to be a crystal which has split and rehealed, before being coated with Anglesite
druse with has given the crystal one of the most intense sparkles you will ever see. The
blue Linarite is super lustrous as well so the visual impact of both is amazing. A small
circular cluster of Quartz crystals makes forms the host base for this stunning specimen.
From the Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico.
Measures 5 cm by 4 cm by 1.6 cm in total size.
Ex. Van Tichelen Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $1450

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Tucson2015-216FluoriteCalciteNikolaevskiyMineDalnegorskPrimorskiyKrayFarEasternRegionRussia.jpg (336810 bytes)
Item #A15

Brilliant crystal of crystal-clear Fluorite sitting atop yellow Calcite rhombs!
The pristine, transparent Fluorite octahedron measuring 3.5 cm is the first thing that grabs your
eye about this specimen. Then you notice the golden Calcite rhombs it's sitting atop and the piece
really pops visually. This is one of the prettiest colorless Fluorite specimens I've seen from Russia
and the natural faceting of the Fluorite bounces the light around internally, imparting the specimen
with much more brilliance than you would see in an ordinary cube. In very good condition with only
some minor contacting along the trimming edge. The Fluorite crystal is a jewel, free of all contacts.
From Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.
Measures 6.8 cm by 7.5 cm by 6 cm in total size.

Ex. Oleszczuk Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $2850

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Tucson2016-166AndraditeHedenbergiteMegaHorioSerifosIslandKykladesPrefGreece.jpg (254401 bytes)
Item #A16

Fine specimen featuring Andradite Garnet crystals on Hedenbergite!
These are sharp, lustrous Garnets measuring to 1.2 cm in size. They sit atop olive-green
crystals of Hedenbergite. In excellent condition with great eye appeal and full terminations.
From Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Cyclade Islands, Kykládes Pref., Aegean Islands Dept., Greece.
Measures 4.2 cm by 3.3 cm by 3.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Gerald Clark Collection
Fair Market Value $985

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Tucson2016-168HaliteSearlesLakeCalifornia.jpg (602097 bytes)
Item #A17

Gorgeous large cabinet specimen featuring large Halite crystals on Halite matrix!
This specimen is completely bordered along the top by light pink Halite crystals measuring to
nearly 3 cm in size. They add a beautiful contrast to the layered plate of darker pink Halite.
The cubic crystals of Halite are frequently hoppered due to the quick process of evaporative
formation. This large plate is free of damage and the cubic Halites are lustrous and glassy.
From Searles Lake, San Bernardino County, California.
Measures 17 cm by 31 cm by 5.7 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1500

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Tucson2015-141DanburiteCalciteBorMineRussia62mm.jpg (245801 bytes)
Item #A18

Glassy green crystals of Datolite with Calcite blades accenting the edges!
This is a beautiful specimen which has a good amount of transparency as well. The Datolite crystals are very
lustrous with a pleasing, soft green coloration. The largest Datolite is framed by blades of tannish-white Calcite,
adding to the overall aesthetical balance and eye appeal of the specimen. In excellent condition with no detractions.
From the Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining Dist., Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Measures 5.7 cm by 6.1 cm by 3.8 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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Tucson2016-160SpessartineUntersulzbachtalSalzbergAustria.jpg (265343 bytes)
Item #A19

Gemmy crystals of reddish-orange Spessartine Garnet on Mica and Quartz!
A beautiful specimen which has at least a dozen of these colorful jewels, all undamaged and
displaying reflective, glassy faces. The Mica is slightly green and contrasts well with the Garnets.
From Untersulzbachtal, Hohe Tauern Mountains, Salzburg, Austria.
Measures 4.6 cm by 4.3 cm by 2.3 cm in total size.

Ex. F. J. Barlow Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $985

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Tucson2016-167KyaniteMinasGeraisBrazil.jpg (471219 bytes)
Item #A20

Impressive large cabinet sized specimen of blue Kyanite crystals in Quartz matrix!
The vertical 11.5 cm blade in the front is doubly terminated with excellent luster and a
beautifully consistant blue coloration. The doubly terminated blade running horizontally
measures over 20 cm in length! Numerous additional blades can be seen appearing from
the Quartz matrix, framing the specimen on all sides. Sits all on its own as a centerpiece.
From São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region of Brazil.
Measures 11 cm by 19 cm by 10.2 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1850

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Tucson2016-91StauroliteKolaPeninsulaRussia65mm.jpg (410683 bytes)
Item #A21

Impressive specimen featuring several Staurolites on Schistic matrix!
This well rounded plate features two perfect Staurolite crosses in the center.
Very aesthetic miniature and definately not common in this quality at the shows.
From Keivy Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia
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Measures 5.4 cm by 6.6 cm by 2.8 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $685

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Tucson2015-306QuartzAnhydrite98mm.jpg (303858 bytes)
Item #A22

Lovely specimen featuring Quartz var. Citrine with Calcite on an Anhydrite crystal!
This is an amazing combo specimen that also features small, thin crystals of Anhydrite
scattered between the yellowish Citrine points. The specimen is a great looking cabinet
piece with lots of flash and luster. The entire cluster sits atop a thick Anhydrite crystal
which serves as the base for the specimen. There is one missing Citrine point near the
cluster center that is not very noticeable. This could be made less obvious if so desired.
From Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 7 cm by 9.2 cm by 5.7 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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Tucson2016-89HeulanditeJalgaonIndia72mm.jpg (354925 bytes)
Item #A23

Super aesthetic specimen featuring Heulandite blades on Chalcedony!
This attractive specimen was actually a Chalcedony vug that grew a perfect
peachy colored Heulandite crystal cluster. Smaller crystals of Quartz surround
the Heulandite at both the top and bottom, making for a brilliant, sparkling display.
From the Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India.
Measures 6 cm by 7.2 cm by 6.4 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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Tucson2015-256CalciteMalachiteOjuelaMineMexico6cm.jpg (419334 bytes)
Item #A24

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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Tucson2015-314GalenaFluoriteMexTexMineNewMexico97mm.jpg (310476 bytes)
Item #A25

Large and quite impressive cube of Galena set atop Fluorite and Quartz crystals!
These specimens are difficult to find, mainly because the Galenas are usually dull or coated.
This large 4.3 cm cube displays lustrous surfaces and sits perfectly between the reddish-purple
accented Fluorites octahedrons to its left and the sparkling Quartz crystals to its right. In great
condition with no detractions, this would make a great addition to a Fluorite or locality suite.
From the Mex-Tex Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County, New Mexico.
Measures 8.8 cm by 9.4 cm by 5.7 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1850

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Tucson2016-164SeleniteRedRiverCanada.jpg (264861 bytes)
Item #A26

Beautiful golden-yellow Selenite twinned crystals in a ball 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. Gemmy and in excellent condition.
From the Red River Floodway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Measures 5.5 cm by 6.4 cm by 5.3 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $685

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Item #A27

Gorgeous plate of bi-colored Calcite crystals with Hematite coloring!
This is an amazing Calcite which features a very distinct two-toned appearance. On the
front display side shown in the above photo, the specimen exhibits a highly lustrous series
of white Calcite crystals, all stacked one atop the other to form stalactitic formations. Along
the edges are hints of reddish-brown which accent the white faces. On the back side display,
the crystals are almost totally colored by reddish-brown Hematite with hints of white at the
crystal edges. In other words, the exact opposite from the front view. Obviously, this is a
specimen that could be displayed from either side, depending on preference. The glassy,
reflective luster is present on both sides since the Hematite coloring is an inclusion and
not a coating. This is a superb display piece and it is contact free in excellent condition.
From the Tonglüshan Deposit, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China.
Measures 10.3 cm by 16.5 cm by 11.5 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $2850

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Denver2015-197AzuriteMalbunkaCopperMineAustralia97mm.jpg (382335 bytes)
Item #A28

Aesthetic specimen featuring a large, flattened Azurite "sun" on Kaolinite matrix!
This flattened disc of Azurite was formed between layers of Kaolinite which forced it to grow in a laterally
compressed, radiating manner. It measures 4.2 cm in size and is in perfect condition with a super vibrant
radiating luster. The color is a deep royal blue and its dramatic placement within the recess is better than most.
From the Malbunka Copper Mine, Alice Springs, Gardiner Range, MacDonnell Shire, Northern Territory, Australia.
Measures 7.9 cm by 8.9 cm by 2.8 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A29

Exceptional specimen of classic Native Wire Silver on Silver and Acanthite matrix!
A classic old specimen from a competition quality collection (it still has its competition
label) which is incredibly aesthetic and very well balance. The wires are highly lustrous
and covered by a lovely antiquish patina. They rise upwards from the matrix and interlock
at the top with multiple twists, turns, and curls. One of the better small miniatures I've seen.
From the old Schneeberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Measures 2.3 cm by 3.1 cm by 1.5 cm in total size.
Ex. Fiske Mineral Collection
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Denver2015-177CalciteSecondSovietMineRussia145mm.jpg (300086 bytes)
Item #A30

Lovely pink-blushed cabinet cluster of large Manganoan Calcite crystals!
Very impressive specimen, featuring crystals up to 8.5 cm in size. The wrap around a center
matrix of flattened Galena crystals and Sphalerite like the petals of a flower. The Calcite surfaces are
glassy-lustrous and covered by angular faces throughout. A beautiful specimen and in excellent condition.
From the 2nd Sovetskii Mine, Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.
Measures 12 cm by 14.3 cm by 9.5 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $2850

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