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The Tucson 2016 Best Offer Mineral Auction

Each auction specimen will be presented with it's Original Retail Price and Suggested Reserve Price Level.
Please feel free to place a bid at this level or make your own offer above or below the reserve. Any offers
that are below the Suggested Reserve Price must be approved before they are accepted into the auction.
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This is a One Week Auction Only - Good luck and have fun!

Most Recent Update was 2:14 PM....... PM  July 21st, 2016

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Closing will take place on July 27th at 8 PM CST, 9 PM EST

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Tucson2016-225FluoriteBariteBerbesSpain8cm.jpg (210428 bytes)
Item #A1

Lovely specimen featuring purple Fluorite cubes nestled between blades of white Barite!
This is a stunning piece. The Fluorite cubes glow with a rich color that leans slightly to the
reddish side of purple. The cubes are very gemmy and the clarity is consistant throughout.
The cubes are in excellent condition with only minor corner contact. The Barite blades are
complete all along the display side and the specimen can also sit upright all on its own.
From Berbes, Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.
Measures 8 cm by 7.2 cm by 6.1 cm in total size.
Ex. Kilpatrick Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $1500

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Item #A2

Elegant specimen featuring curling wires of Native Silver rising from an Acanthite matrix!
This is a gorgeous Silver specimen from the world famous Freiberg District and one that is every bit as
impressive as the larger specimens at just a fraction of their price. The numerous wires rise vertically
before twisting and curling near the tips, forming a specimen that is both well balanced and attractive.
The patina is a rich golden-brown near the base and this changes over to a darker gray as a very fine
Acanthite evenly covers the upper portions of the wires. This is indicative of a specimen that is both
original and untampered with since repeated cleaning can remove this fine layer of Acanthite. Original
classic Silvers are highly sought after by most collectors and much more attractive in my own opinion.
From the Himmelsfürst Mine, Brand-Erbisdorf, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Measures 10 cm by 6.2 cm by 1.5 cm in total size.
Ex. Liebetrau Mineral Collection
Comes with an engraved display base
Fair Market Value $12,500

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Item #A3

Beautiful specimen of Rhodochrosite crystals with Pyrite, Dolomite, and Quartz!
These impressive Rhodochrosites came out about eight years ago and they continued to get
better and better with each new find. This miniature features rhombs to just over 1 cm in size
and the color is very good. In very condition with no major contacts and a well trimmed matrix.
From the Wutong Mine, Liubao, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.
Measures 4.1 cm by 2.2 cm by 1.3 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $685

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Item #A4

Super aesthetic combination of Schorl Tourmaline on Quartz with Fluorite crystals!
A great looking combo piece featuring a 4.3 cm, doubly terminated, lustrous Schorl crystal
sitting upright atop a bed of slightly smoky Quartz crystals. Accompanying the Schorl are
crystals of lavender Fluorite with purple accents. In excellent condition with no detractions.
From the Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.
Measures 7 cm by 6.7 cm by 3.1 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1450

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Item #A5

Native Leaf Gold popping out from white Quartz matrix!
This highly lustrous leaf of Native Gold rises 1 cm atop the Quartz matrix
which is filled with seams of Gold throughout. This specimen is from the
appropriately named locality of Minersville, an old mining town with many
workings now lying beneath Clair Engle Lake. This is a piece of California
Gold mining history and it comes with an original label dating back to 1941.
From Minersville, Minersville District, Klamath Mts, Trinity Co., California.
Measures 4.8 cm by 2.7 cm by 2 cm in total size.
Ex. Hauck Gold Collection
Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A6

Gemmy cubes of modified Fluorite perched atop small Quartz crystals!
This is from a new find in China and the cubes are incredible clear and transparent
with a glowing green coloration that becomes even more intense under lighting. Very
pretty and in excellent condition with only one tiny corner cleave on a smaller crystal.
From Youxi Co., Sanming Prefecture, Fujian Province, China.
Measures 5.5 cm by 9.9 cm by 3.8 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1450

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Item #A7

Bi-colored specimen of Wardite crystals on matrix!
A unique looking specimen, there's obviously some sort of Hematite coloration
going on here that created this two-toned appearance and it's really neat. The crystals
are sharp and glassy with very good luster. In excellent condition with barely a contact.
From Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon, Canada.
Measures 3.4 cm by 4.6 cm by 3.1 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $350

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Item #A8

Gorgeous "Painted Lady" Precious Opal specimen from Australia!
This seam of naturally polished Precious Opal displays brilliant flashes of every
color imaginable. Reds, blues, greens, yellows, oranges, pinks, and purple with the
flashes of red being the most prominent. Painted Ladies are seams of Opal that occur
in a hard sandstone matrix. When split, the sandstone looks as if it has been painted.
From the Andamooka opal fields, Andamooka Ranges, Stuart Shelf, South Australia, Australia.
Measures 7.9 cm by 4.3 cm by 5.6 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A9

Classic specimen of Rhodochrosite rhombs sitting atop Quartz matrix!
Beautiful specimen featuring a pair of Rhodo rhombs measuring 2.3 cm and 1.8 cm in size.
Both rhombs are pristine with no damage and well defined crystal faces. They sit aesthetically
atop a white Quartz matrix with other associated Sulfides. This is one of the better Sunnyside
Rhodochrosites I've seen recently and it could be trimmed is so desired. It's impressive as is.
From the Sunnyside Mine, Silverton Mining District, San Juan County, Colorado.
Measures 5.5 cm by 5.3 cm by 3.8 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $2500

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Item #A10

Tri-colored crystals of Tourmaline attached at center by a ball of Albite blades!
These beautiful crystals are doubly terminated and display a soft pink tip! The bottom side
termination is a flat termination, displaying a gemmy green portion just beneath the dark
green / olive-green center. In excellent condition with well striated and very lustrous faces.
From Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan.
Measures 6.7 cm by 3.2 cm by 2.6 cm in total size.

Ex. R. R. Stoddard Collection
Fair Market Value $1500

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Item #A11

Deep emerald-green Dioptase crystals on Calcite covered matrix!
A shimmering, glassy crystal stands vertically in the foreground, measuring 1.7 cm in size.
Smaller Dioptase crystals are scattered about the sparkling matrix, including a second crystal
cluster on the backside near the top right. In excellent condition and very flashy with gorgeous color!
From the Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
Measures 2.4 cm by 4.2 cm by 3.4 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $2450

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Item #A12

Brilliant cluster featuring glassy, transparent Herkimer Quartz crystals!
There are five Herkimer "Diamonds" in this cluster, with the smaller crystals
sitting atop the larger crystals in descending order. The crystals are completely
transparent except for the largest at the bottom which is included by several small
Anthraxolite inclusions and exhibits some internal growth patterning. The crystals
are in excellent condition overall with only a few scattered matrix influenced contacts.
From Middleville, Town of Newport, Herkimer County, New York.
Measures 5.7 cm by 3.9 cm by 2.6 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A13

Gemmy yellow crystals of Brazilianite on white Albite matrix!
This cute small miniature sized specimen features well over half a dozen gem Brazilianite
crystals, with the largest vertical crystal measuring 1.6 cm in size. In excellent condition.
From Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Measures 3.5 cm by 2 cm by 1.5 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $485

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Item #A14

Fine specimen featuring well defined Cuprite crystals on matrix!
These crystals are quite sharp with lustrous faces and they also exhibit a deep reddish
color under incandescent lighting. The largest crystal top center measures 1 cm in size.
From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia, SW Africa.
Measures 4 cm by 3.3 cm by 1.8 cm in total size.

Ex. Oleszczuk Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A15

Beautiful specimen of Aragonite var. Flos Ferri on matrix!
One of the most dramatic specimens from the show, this aesthetic Aragonite variety resembles
sea coral. Flos Ferri means "flowers of Iron" and I can only assume this is because this form
of Aragonite is frequently found in Iron (Hematite) mines. I do know it is often found in caves
and is sometimes called "Cave Calcite" although the mineral name is incorrect. This specimen is
incredibly intricate and has been extraordinarily well preserved for years. In excellent condition.
From Eisenerz, Styria, Austria. (The name Eisenerz translates to Iron ore in German).
Measures 6 cm by 10.6 cm by 8.9 cm in total size.

Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A16

Attractive cluster of bi-colored Fluorite cubes with modified edges!
This is a lovely cluster that appears more reddish-purple at the corners in normal
incandescent lighting and a deep emerald-green when held up to sunlight. The surfaces
are glassy reflective to lustrous satiny and in excellent condition. This is a specimen that
can be displayed in a variety of ways and looks incredible when given its own light source.
From the Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia.
Measures 8 cm by 7.1 cm by 5 cm in total size.

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Item #A17

Rare specimen featuring crystals of Native Silver stacked atop Native Copper and Calcite!
This is a great looking halfbreed. The Native Silver crystals are sharp and lustrous and there
are dozens of them. The crystals in the center actually stack atop one another in front of the
white Calcite background. The contrast between the brilliant Silver and antique-patinaed Copper
is stunning and the specimen displays vertically. One of my favorite miniatures from the show!
The Mass Mine was opened in 1856 and worked until 1888, when it ceased operations for
good. It later merged into the Mass Consolidated Mining Co. in 1899. Specimens from this
mine are rare in the marketplace and all are well over 100 years old. A true collector piece!
From the old Mass Mine, Mass Consolidated Mine, Mass City, Ontonagon Co., Michigan.
Measures 6 cm by 3.9 cm by 4 cm in total size.
Ex. LaBerge Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $3500

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Item #A18

Gorgeous Quartz var. Amethyst scepter with Amethyst crystals!
Beautiful specimen featuring a large, nearly 4 cm Amethyst scepter crystal
sitting among lighter colored, terminated Amethyst crystals. In excellent shape.
From Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez (Mun. de Profesor Rafael Ramírez), Veracruz, Mexico.
Measures 7 cm by 4 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Ex. Rolf Wein Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $895

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Item #A19

Scarce specimen of Chalcopyrite crystals with Rhodochrosite on Tetrahedrite!
I almost never seen specimens of Chalcopyrite from the Sweet Home Mine so even
though this specimen has Rhodochrosite atop the Tetrahedrite, the 3.2 cm Chalcopyrite
is the main draw of this specimen. Lustrous and sharp with purple Fluorite on the back.
From the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado.
Measures 6.5 cm by 5 cm by 2.5 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $785

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Item #A20

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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Item #A21

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 2.8 cm by 1.7 cm by 1.2 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1500

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Item #A22

Sweet specimen featuring rhombs of cherry-red Rhodochrosite with Pyrite and Quartz on Tetrahedrite matrix!
This is a beautiful miniature sized Sweet Home Rhodo specimen which has a lot of mineral bang for its very
reasonable price. The main rhomb is completely transparent with gemmy interiors of glowing red. It measures
1.5 cm in size and is accompanied by over half a dozen Rhodo rhombs of various size. The golden Pyrite
crystals are a nice touch and contrast well with the lustrous Tetrahedrite and white Quartz crystals. This is
one of the better Rhodo miniatures I've seen in a while with a quality rhomb and no detractions to speak of.
From the Blue Moon Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado.
Measures 6 cm by 6.4 cm by 3 cm in total size.
Ex. DeRiggi Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $4500

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Item #A23

Super gemmy crystal balls of Olmiite with gemmy Calcite!
This brilliant specimen of sparkling pinkish-orange Olmiite features two nearly pristine attached spheres
on a bed of gem Calcite crystals. The surfaces are dazzling and lustrous, with both spheres at 3 cm in width.
From the N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Measures 2.8 cm by 4.4 cm by 2.3 cm in total size.

Ex. Charlie Key Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $2500

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Item #A24

Classic specimen of Native Silver crystals with a curling wire and Galena crystals!
This is a wonderful combination of crystals and wires from one of the most famous Silver Districts
in the world. The crystals at the base measure to 1.8 cm in size. They sit atop one another along with
several shiny Galena cubes scattered about. A heavier concentration of Galena is visible along the
back side. Rising up above the Silver crystals is a curling wire measuring 4 cm in length but obviously
much longer if stretched out. It rises nearly 3 cm above the Silver crystals below. Very lustrous with a
light golden patina atop the bright surfaces. One of the more interesting Kongsberg Silvers I've seen.
From the Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Svene, Flesberg, Buskerud, Norway.
Measures 6.4 cm by 3.3 cm by 2.3 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $9500

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Item #A25

Gorgeous specimen featuring yellow Barite crystals with Calcite on purple Fluorite!
The Barite blades are thick and sturdy, measuring up to 2.6 cm in size. They sit atop a
base of purple Fluorite and each blade is studded by small Calcite crystals. Very nice!
From the Denton Mine, Hardin County, Illinois.
Measures 5 cm by 4.5 cm by 3 cm in total size.
Ex. Ross Lillie Mineral Collection
Fair Market Value $895

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Item #A26

Fine "burnt-orange" blades of Barite in clusters atop Cerussite crystal covered matrix!
This is a plate that is both impressive with the complete, uncontacted Barite blade clusters
and the flashy, sparkling grayish Cerussite crystals which cover almost the entire matrix.
The specimen loses focus a bit on the right side but this is because of the 3-dimensionality
of the piece. The only contacts are along the bottom trimming and this could be removed.
From the Mibladen Mining Dist., Midelt, Khénifra Prov., Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
Measures 8 cm by 14.7 cm by 5.5 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $1850

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Item #A27

Lustrous Ferberite crystals with Fluorite and Quartz!
This is neat looking combo piece from the finds that came to market about a decade or so ago.
Two lustrous and perfectly terminated Ferberite crystals are separated by lavender Fluorite
cubes and Quartz points. In very good condition with no problems and an aesthetic display.
From the Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measures 5.7 cm by 4.5 cm by 3.8 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $985

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Item #A28

Wonderfully rich plate of Smoky Quartz on Amazonite with Goethite ps. Siderite crystals!
First of all, the color of the Amazonite is excellent! That's one of the most important factors
for these combo specimens. Secondly, the Smoky points are all terminated and complete
with only a single nearly invisible repair to the large 6+ cm Smoky in the center. The
brownish crystals to the upper right are Goethite pseudomorphing Siderite crystals.
From Ken's Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado.
It measures 10.5 cm by 11.5 cm by 9 cm in total size.
Fair Market Value $6500

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Item #A29

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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Item #A30

Gorgeous specimen displaying a large vertical golden Calcite atop zoned Fluorite!
This is a wonderful large cabinet sized display piece featuring two glowing and semi-gemmy golden
Calcites atop a matrix of slightly etched and zoned bluish-purple Fluorite. The largest Calcite measures
10.5 cm in size and is perfectly doubly terminated. The smaller Calcite to its left lays horizontally across the
matrix. Both have very lustrous and glassy crystal faces. In excellent condition with no visual detractions.
From the Denton mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois.
Measures 18 cm by 13.4 cm by 8.2 cm in total size.

Ex. Charles M. Noll Mineral Collection
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