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Natual History Dinosaurs & Rare Minerals Auction 6071, Heritage Auctions, Dallas Texas


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Press Release - May 16, 2011
Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, prehistoric Megaladon shark jaws, June 12, 2011 at Heritage Auctions

Largest auction of its kind ever, featuring “The Fighting Pair” Allosaurus and Stegosaurus, a near complete Triceratops, a complete duck-billed Maiasaurus, the largest prehistoric Megaladon shark jaws ever assembled and more…

DALLAS, TX – In an unprecedented event, Heritage Auctions will feature no less than four dinosaur skeletons - “The Fighting Pair” Allosaurus and Stegosaurus, a near complete Triceratops, and a complete duck-billed Maiasaurus – along with dozens of important prehistoric treasures, as part of its June 12, 2011 Natural History Auction, in Dallas, at the Tower Building in Fair Park.

The specimens will be on display, and open to the public for viewing, Thursday to Saturday, June 9-11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Every one of these incredible fossils is museum-quality,” said David Herskowitz, Director of Natural History at Heritage Auctions. “It’s rare to find even one truly great dinosaur for an auction, let alone the four we’ve managed to assemble for this summertime auction.”

Far and away the stars of the dino show are an Allosaurus and a Stegosaurus collectively known as “The Fighting Pair,” known as such due to their proximity to one another when they were discovered in the Dana Quarry in Wyoming – the first time these two dinosaurs have ever been found together – during the spring of 2007. The team of excavators at this legendary site thought they were on to the find of a lifetime when they found the Allosuaur, whose name is Dracula. Imagine their surprise when they found a complete Stegosaur – named Fantasia – occupying the same space.

“They were literally right on top of one another,” said Herskowitz, “and they were evidently engaged in mortal combat at the time of their demise, as the leg of the Stegosaurus was found in the mouth of the Allosaurus. The association is undeniable.”

“The Fighting Pair” is being sold as a set due to its scientific importance. They carry a pre-auction estimate of $2.8 million.

Next in line is a virtually complete Triceratops skeleton, checking in at more than 19 feet long, seven feet across and more than 12 feet tall, found in the famous Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota in the spring of 2004. It is estimated at $700,000+, and will be on display at the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, also at Fair Park in Dallas, through early June.

“The completed skeleton is enormous,” said Herskowitz. “If you can imagine this animal when it was alive bearing down on you with that massive skull and those epic horns, you wouldn’t stand a chance. This creature was the size of a small bus, and certainly a lot meaner.”

A complete duck-billed Maiasaurus, hailing from the Two Medicine Formation in Northern Montana, completes the dinosaur quintet being sold in the auction. The specimen, named Cory, was originally discovered a

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Natual History Dinosaurs & Rare Minerals Auction 6071, Heritage Auctions, Dallas Texas

  1. 1. nATurAL HiSTory AucTionjune 12, 2011 | DALLAS | SeSSion TWo
  2. 2. Front CoverLot 49254Back CoverLot 49168Inside Front CoverLot 49263Inside Back CoverLot 49252
  3. 3. Heritage Signature® Auction #6071Natural HistoryJune 12, 2011 | DallasLIVE AUCTION Signature® Floor Sessions 1-2 LOT VIEWING(Floor, Telephone, HERITAGE Live!,™ Internet, Fax, and Mail) The Tower Building • Fair ParkThe Tower Building • Fair Park 3809 Grand Ave. • Dallas, TX 752103809 Grand Ave. • Dallas, TX 75210 Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11 • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CTSession 1 (see separate catalog) Sunday, June 12 • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CTSunday, June 12 • 1:00 PM CT • Lots 49001–49088Session 2 View lots & auction results online at, June 12 • Immediately following Session 1(Approximately 3:00 PM CT) • Lots 49101–49276 BIDDING METHODS: Bidding Bid live on your computer or mobile, anywhere in the world, during the Auction using our HERITAGE Live!™ program atLOT SETTLEMENT AND PICK-UP immediately following sessionor weekdays 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM CT by appointment only. Live Floor BiddingExtended Payment Terms available. Email: Bid in person during the floor sessions.Lots are sold at an approximate rate of 60 lots per hour, but it Live Telephone Bidding (floor sessions only)is not uncommon to sell 45 lots or 90 lots in any given hour. Phone bidding must be arranged on or before Friday, June 10, by 12:00 PM CT.This auction is subject to a 19.5% Buyer’s Premium. Client Service: 866-835-3243.TX Auctioneer licenses: Samuel Foose 11727; Robert Korver 13754; ScottPeterson 13256; Bob Merrill 13408; Mike Sadler 16129; Andrea Voss 16406; Internet BiddingJacob Walker 16413; Charlie Mead 16418; Eric Thomas 16421; Shaunda Fry Internet absentee bidding ends at 10:00 PM CT16448; Marsha Dixey 16493; Tim Rigdon 16519; Cori Mikeals 16582; StewartHuckaby 16590; Chris Dykstra 16601; Teia Baber 16624; Peter Wiggins 16635. the evening before each session. under sponsorship of Tim Rigdon 16519: Ed Beardsley 16632. Fax Bidding Fax bids must be received on or before Friday, June 10, by 12:00 PM CT. Fax: 214-409-1425 Mail Bidding Mail bids must be received on or before Friday, June 10. Phone: 214.528.3500 • 800.872.6467 Fax: 214.409.1425 Direct Client Service Line: 866.835.3243 Email: Bid@HA.comThis Auction is presented and cataloged by Heritage Auctions© 2011 Heritage Auctioneers & Galleries, Inc. 21619
  4. 4. Natural History Specialists Steve Ivy CEOCo-Chairman of the Board David Herskowitz Peter Wiggins Director Consignment Director Jim Halperin Jim HalperinCo-Chairman of the Board Co-Chairman of the Board Greg Rohan President Paul Minshull Chief Operating Officer 3500 Maple Avenue • Dallas, Texas 75219 Phone 214-528-3500 • 800-872-6467 Consignment Directors: David Herskowitz, Peter Wiggins Cataloged by: David Herskowitz, Peter Wiggins, James Walker, Mary-Fong Walker Todd Imhof Special Thanks to: Yinan Wang, Craig Smith, Ralph Jubera, photography by Mark MauthnerExecutive Vice President
  5. 5. Natural History Auction June 12, 2011 | DallasSession 1 Price $50The first session of this unique auction, the largest of NATURAL HISTORY AUCTIONits kind ever, will include a comprehensive Collection JUNE 12, 2011 | DALLAS | SESSION ONE Natural Histor y Auc tion #6061 | Session One | June 12, 2011 | Dallasof Museum quality Minerals • Meteorites • Fossils andDinosauria.Featuring Four Virtually complete and mountedDinosaurs: Allosaurus; Stegosaurus; Triceratops andMaiasaurus (Duck-billed Dinosaur). Also featuredis a rare mounted Giant Ground Sloth; The largestprehistoric Megaladon shark jaws ever assembled; thelargest T-Rex tooth with complete root ever offeredto the public; Pieces of the Moon and the Planet Mars! For a free copy of the first session catalog or one from another Heritage category, plus a copy of The Collector’s Handbook, (combined value $65), visit or call 866-835- 3243 and reference code CATA21619. The entire catalog is online now at©2011 Heritage Auctions, Inc. nATurAL HiSTory AucTion june 12, 2011 | DALLAS | SeSSion TWo Session 2 Our second session, this catalog , will include: Exotic Gemstones; a variety of uncommon Mineral Specimens with important provenances; Historic Meteorites; A large selection of decorative Petrified wood; Amber with insect inclusions and one of the oldest wooden Archaic Artifacts ever discovered in North America.
  6. 6. Table of ContentsZoology ...................................................................... 49101 – 49117Minerals ...................................................................... 49118 – 49176Gems .......................................................................... 49177 – 49190Lapidary Art ............................................................... 49191 – 49204Archeological Artifacts ............................................................. 49205Meteorites .................................................................. 49206 – 49227Casts ........................................................................... 49228 – 49230Fossils:Amber ........................................................................ 49231 – 49239Paleobotany ............................................................... 49240 – 49249Mammals .................................................................... 49250 – 49253Reptiles....................................................................... 49254 – 49255Cepholopoda ............................................................. 49256 – 49260Fish ............................................................................. 49261 – 49272Echinoderms............................................................... 49273 – 49274Dinosauria .................................................................. 49275 – 49276
  7. 7. SeSSion two Floor, telephone, heritage live!™, internet, Fax, and Mail Signature® auction #6071 Sunday, june 12, 2011 • approx. 3:00pM ct (immediately following Session One) | dallaS | lotS 49101-49276 A 19.5% Buyer’s Premium Will Be Added To All Lots. To view full descriptions, enlargeable images and bid online, visit zoology 49101 MOUNTAIN LION FULL-BODY MOUNT Puma concolorThe Cougar is the second largest cat in the Western Hemisphere. It is roughly the same length and height as the Jaguar, but slimmer and more lightly built. It isconsidered a varmint in Texas and most other states, but protected in California and Florida. This is a fine-looking example; presented prowling on a simulatedrocky base, 23 inches high at the shoulder and 66 inches long overall, with a brass plaque denoting that it was taken at Green River, Utah, in April 1971. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 5
  8. 8. 49102 RED LECHWE SHOULDER MOUNT Kobus leche lecheThere are four subspecies of Lechwe, of which the Red, or ZambeziLechwe is the most populous, found across south-eastern Africa.They live mostly in marshy areas where they feed on aquaticplants, but the water also serves as a defense against predators;in fact, their legs are covered with a water-repelling substancewhich enables them to run swiftly through the swamps. This fineexample stands 21½ inches from the wall to the tip of the nose,and measures 46 inches high. 49103 SABLE ANTELOPE SHOULDER MOUNT Estimate: $900-$1,200 Hippotragus niger Larger than the other subspecies of the sable, the Common sable is found south of the Zambezi River, and enjoys a much lower conservation risk than its endangered cousins, the Giant and the Zambian sables. elusive and quite expensive to hunt, these animals are always one of the most desirable to many Big Game hunters. This specimen quizzically turns his head and stands 24 inches from the wall and 55 inches high, with 38 x 39-inch horns. Estimate: $1,400-$1,8006 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  9. 9. 49104 GEMSBUCK SHOULDER MOUNT Oryx gazellaThe Gemsbuck is the largest member of the oryx family, with a mottled face that embodiesthe archetypal African look. These animals can go days without water and can be extremelydangerous when attacked or wounded. Many a lion has been found dead with a woundedgemsbuck nearby – they are deadly accurate with their horns. Those of the present example 49105 WHITE-TAIL DEER SHOULDER MOUNTmeasure 36 x 32½ inches, and with his head quizzically turned, he stands 48 inches high and Odocoileus virginianus27 inches from the wall. The White-Tail deer, known also as the virginia deer or Estimate: $900-$1,200 simply as the Whitetail, is native to the Americas as far south as peru, and has also been introduced into some countries in europe (Finland, the Czech Republic) as well as new Zealand. At one time it was thought to have up to forty subspecies, but modern taxonomy places the figure at less than half that number. Its red-brown coat turns grey-white in fall and winter, and the antlers are only worn by the males, and something like one in 10,000 females. This is a handsome male, mounted on a mahogany plaque and standing 17 inches from the wall and 28 inches high overall. Estimate: $500-$700 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 7
  10. 10. 49106 CARIBOU SHOULDER MOUNT Rangifer tarandus – caribouThe largest-bodied Reindeer, these animals can weigh up to 600 pounds and are distinguishedby their large characterful racks. This one boasts a lovely woody patination and is narrowbut rather high. Known as the Caribou only in north America, some populations migrate thefurthest of any terrestrial mammal, traveling over 3000 miles a year. This handsome specimenstands 37 inches from the wall to the furthest horn tip, and approximately 58 inches high. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 49107 IMPALA SHOULDER MOUNT Aepyceros melampus The Impala is the world’s greatest jumper, elegant and graceful, and able to leap over 30 feet in a single bound. These animals are a sportsman’s favorite and are quite plentiful; found in savannahs and thick bushveld in south-eastern Africa. The name comes from the Zulu for “gazelle”, although true gazelles belong to a different genus. This handsome example measures 41 inches high and stands 23¼ inches from the wall (horns loose). Estimate: $1,200-$1,5008 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  11. 11. 49108 RED CAPE HARTEBEEST SHOULDER MOUNT Alcelaphus caamaThe Red Cape Hartebeest is a one of the larger Hartebeest, with a long faceand a high frontal pedicel. They weigh 300-350 pounds and are the fastestanimal in the world for any distance over 100 yards. They originate in theRepublic of south Africa and were recently reclassified from a subspecies ofHartebeest (A.buselaphus) to their very own species. This is a fine example;43½ inches high and standing 27½ inches from the wall. Estimate: $700-$900 49109 SASSABY SHOULDER MOUNT Damaliscus korrigum The sassaby, or Topi, is a south African antelope thought to be the swiftest hoofed mammal. They have curved ridged horns, elongated heads and a distinctive hump at the base of the neck. They join the great serengeti migration along with the Wildebeest, Zebra and Thompson’s Gazelle; an amazing annual event which has been taking place for over one million years. This is a fine shoulder mount, and stands 28 inches from the wall to the tip of the nose. Estimate: $500-$700 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 9
  12. 12. 49111 WILD BOAR SHOULDER MOUNT Sus scrofa The wild ancestors of the domestic pig, Wild Boar are found all across the temperate world, although populations in north America and Australia were artificially introduced for hunting. They have also spread via successful escapes from captivity and re-established themselves in areas such as northern Russia and rural england, where previously they had been hunted to extinction. This fine example stands 19 inches from the wall to the tip of the nose, and measures 36 inches high. Estimate: $500-$700 49110 AFRICAN WARTHOG SHOULDER MOUNT Phacochoerus aethiopicusThe Warthog will never win an animal kingdom beauty contest, but theymake wonderful Big Game. They are a gregarious animal, living in bands of4 to 6, and both males and females have warts and tusks which they use forrooting up the ground and for defense. With his vicious, curving tusks, thisfine specimen stands 24 inches from the wall. Estimate: $500-$700 49112 BLACK BEAR SHOULDER MOUNT Ursus americanus Ranging from Alaska all the way down to central Mexico, the Black Bear is one of north America’s most common and adaptable Big Game animals. They come in several different color phases, with black being the most common. This is a handsome example, mounted on a wooden plaque and standing 18½ inches from the wall, with a brass plaque detailing that it was taken in Cochrane, ontario in May 1966. Estimate: $1,400-$1,80010 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  13. 13. 49113 FRAMED BUTTERFLY COLLECTION Various species PeruThis remarkable collection represents over 100 specimens from almost as many species, representing the papilionidae, pieridae, nymphalidae, Heliconiidae,Morphidae, BrassolidaeIthomiidae, danaidae, Riodinidae and Uraiidae families (the last being a moth rather than a butterfly). The incredible assortment ofcolors and patterns is staggering, with each specimen expertly presented and mounted between glass to allow examination of both upper and under surfacesof the wings. The specimens range in size from 1¼ to 6 inches across; framed in peruvian mahogany, 25 x 35 inches overall. Estimate: $1,600-$2,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 11
  14. 14. 49114 GIANT CLAM SHELL Tridacna gigas AustraliaThe giant clam is native to the warm seas of the Indo-pacific region and known traditionally to the pacific Islanders as pa’ua. pa-ua is the name of the secondof the children of puna, King of the Underworld in polynesian and Hawaiian myth. The pa’ua can grow up to 4 feet across, weighing over 440lb, and theyenjoy an average life span of 100 years or more, although they are entirely sessile in adulthood, meaning that they are unable to move about. The brightlycolored mantle that lines the inside of the shell acts as a habitat for symbiotic single-celled algae from which the clam gets its nutrition; by day, the shell opensup to allow the algae to receive the sunlight they require for photosynthesis. of an elegant, undulating form, the exterior of this present example displays anevocative rough ocean texture, and even has some remains of the connective tissue that hinged the two halves of the shell in life; both halves are present andeach measures approximately 34 inches across. Estimate: $1,800-$2,400 49115 REMARKABLY HUGE HUMBOLDT SQUID BEAK Dosidicus gigas Eastern Pacific Ocean The Humboldt or Jumbo squid is a large predatory marine cephalopod that thrives throughout the eastern pacific ocean. Reaching sizes of almost 6 feet in length and up to 100 lb in weight, it is a large and ferocious predator. Its tentacles are lined with hooked suckers for capturing prey, and its head is equipped with a sharp and deadly parrot-like beak for the rending of flesh. Adding to their deadliness is the fact that the squids have been observed hunting in packs, seeming to communicate to each other by changing their complex colors using chromatophores, cooperating to take down large prey. These intelligent squids have been known to attack divers and fishermen and even cannibalistically attack and consume their own wounded and vulnerable. While the majority of Humboldt squids reach about 100 lbs in weight, this beak came from a monster that weighed over 150 lbs; so huge that its beak is twice as large as those of its companions. This beak specimen measuring 4¼ x 3½ x 3 inches is very sharp and excellently preserved; a uniquely large example from a monstrous predator. Estimate: $900-$1,20012 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  15. 15. 49116 LARGE SPERM WHALE TOOTH Physeter macrocephalus South PacificThe sperm Whale is a fascinating creature; holding the records both for being the largest toothed animal andfor having the largest brain of any animal. Reaching lengths of over 65 feet and able to dive up to 9800 feetto the depths of the ocean, it feeds on many different prey, including the Giant squid, using its massive jawslined with these large sharp teeth. Hunting of sperm Whales began in the early 1700’s and ended (officially)in the 1980’s. valued for their blubber oil and their spermaceti (waxy buoyancy liquid found in the head)for industrial uses and precious ambergris for use as a fixative in perfumery, their teeth were usually kept assouvenirs or used for the decorative marine carvings known as scrimshaw. This impressive specimen wasfrom the collection of Captain John s. dorman (1819-1902); Master of the 301-ton whaling ship Balaena out ofnew Bedford, Massachusetts. The tooth is believed to have been collected during Captain dorman’s secondvoyage, between october 5th, 1858 and July 26th, 1863, while whaling between the Galapagos Islands andthe coast of Chile. It is in pristine condition with a fine tip and good hollow root cavity, and measures 6⅝inches along the outside curve. The specimen comes with provenance documentation and a display describingthe life of Captain dorman and the origin of the tooth. This Lot is accompanied by complete documentationallowing it to be sold within the United States; it is important to note however that it cannot be exportedoutside of the United States. Estimate: $900-$1,200 49117 NARWHAL TUSK Monodon monocerasThe narwhal is one of the most unusual looking creatures to grace our planet. A native of the Arctic ocean, itsLatin name means “one tooth one horn” for the remarkable dentary growth of its left upper jaw – a long, helicaltusk that inspired its nickname “Unicorn of the seas”. It was once thought that this distinctive feature was a toolfor breaking through the thick ice covering its native waters, or that possibly it was for use in ritual conflict –typically the elongated tooth is found only in the male of the species, although some few examples of a femaletusk have been recorded. Recent research suggests, however, that unlike the protruding horn-like teeth andtusks found in other mammals, that of the narwhal may in fact be a sensory organ; electron microphotographyreveals millions of tiny tubules leading from the surface of the horn and apparently connecting to the nervoussystem. such tubules are found in many species, but do not typically extend to the outer surface of healthyteeth. The narwhal’s “horn” has long been the subject of wonder and highly prized: in 16th century englandQueen elizabeth I paid an astounding 10,000 British pounds for one carved and bejeweled example, for whichmoney at the time she could equally have bought herself another castle. elsewhere, two crossed narwhalteeth adorn the entrance to the Korninkaku palace in Japan, and multiple examples comprise the frame of thedanish throne. This is a well preserved example, at 65 inches long, of which 13 inches is the well-formed,rugose root section, usually absent. In addition, it is unusually worn with an almost smooth surface, butstill exhibiting the left-handed spiral groove and a well-defined helical twist throughout its length, presentedupright on an octagonal wooden base. Comes complete with documentation allowing it to be sold withinthe United States. However, it is important to note that this lot cannot be exported outside of the UnitedStates and therefore we cannot accept bids from buyers outside of the U.S. Estimate: $6,500-$7,500 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 13
  16. 16. MineralS 49118 FINE AMETHYST GEODE UruguayAmethyst is one of the most recognizable and collectible of all semi-precious minerals, and is found in greatest abundance in Brazil. The specimens fromUruguay, however, tend to be of a superior quality, characterized by a lovely deep inky purple coloring, as displayed here in this fine specimen, relativelylarge for the region. The undulating interior of the geode is lined with large blocky crystals of excellent color, converging in a natural outcrop near the centerthat has been sliced to reveal the sliver of rock around which it formed, and the clear translucent roots of the purple crystals. An impressive display piece, itmeasures approximately 38 x 30 inches and is presented upright on a mahogany base. Estimate: $4,500-$5,50014 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  17. 17. 49119 FLUORESCENT WILLEMITE AND CALCITE Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New JerseyWillemite with calcite is undoubtedly the most famous and mostcollected bi-colored fluorescent mineral combination in the worldand this stunningly veined and spotted specimen is perfectlyillustrative of that reputation. It hails from the famed Franklin miningdistrict of new Jersey, the only place in the world where willemite,as well as the associated non-fluorescents black franklinite and redzincite, constitutes a major portion of the ore. Attractive enoughunder normal lighting conditions, the willemite bursts into brilliantlife under short-wave ultraviolet light: fluorescing a brilliant greencolor, with the major “gangue” (non-ore) mineral calcite burningwith a brilliant red-orange. This superb 6½ x 5 x 2-inch specimenwas purchased for the Hugh Ronemus collection from the Al Jehlecollection, a notable Franklin fluorescent collector and doctorfrom the philadelphia area, and retains the Jehle label on the cutand matt polished back; the label indicates that the specimen waslikely purchased by Jehle during the 1980’s or 1990’s, his majorcollecting years, from Mike Massey, a renowned Franklin mineraldealer. The smoothed back also indicates that this specimen wasused for photographic phosphorescence tests at some point in itshistory, and indeed the veins of secondary willemite, as opposedto the speckled primary willemite, does phosphoresce with a verybright and long-lasting green under shortwave ultraviolet rays. Provenance: Ex Mike Massey, Al Jehle, Hugh Ronemus collections Estimate: $150-$200 49120 HYDROZINCITE, WILLEMITE, AND CALCITE Sterling Hill Mining Co. dump, material from the 180 foot level, Ogdensburg, Sussex Co, New Jerseysince the Hauck brothers et al acquired and reopened the former newJersey Company property at sterling Hill circa 1990, the site has yieldedsome of the best multi-colored fluorescent material ever produced in theFranklin area. While the present specimen displays “only” 3 fluorescentcolors, other pieces boast up to 7 or more colors, depending on how onecounts them. But under shortwave ultraviolet rays, this specimen showselectric blue hydrozincite, brilliant green willemite and brilliant red-orangecalcite, each of the brightest hue and intensity as are to be found in any ofthese specimens. The wonderful pattern of willemite speckles and cloud-like wisps of hydrozincite leap from a nearly solid calcite ground; perfectlyoffset by speckles of non-fluorescent black franklinite and red zincite toadd the perfect amount of punctuation and interest to the fluorescentpattern. Collected by the tireless Claude poli and received in trade fromhim for the Hugh Ronemus collection, this is a fine specimen of a modern-day classic, 3¾ x 3½ x 2 inches. Provenance: Ex Claude Poli, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $100-$150 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 15
  18. 18. 49121 WILLEMITE AND CALCITE PATTERNS FROM TWO LOCALITIES Miller Canyon, Arizona and Franklin, New JerseyThis lot contains three well-matched and highly desirable specimens of the aesthetic combination of fluorescent red-orange calcite and green willemite fromthe two best localities in the world for this pairing. While this is an abundant combination in the Franklin mining district of new Jersey, a specimen such asthe 3½ x 2¾ x 2 inch wedge-shaped example here becomes extremely desirable due to the rare pattern of relatively evenly spaced bands of the two mineralsin about ½-inch straight and parallel formation; making for a very visually striking piece. While fluorescent willemite and calcite are a duo found in otherlocalities in the world including quite a few in Arizona, the willemite found at most of the other localities more commonly fluoresces in colors ranging frombuttery yellow to yellow-orange and is typically found only in thin veinlets. But located in a canyon near the top of Miller peak in the rugged HuachucaMountains of Cochise Co, Arizona is the second best locality for this red-orange and green fluorescent pair. The larger of the two pieces from Miller Canyonin this lot is a 5 x 3¾ x 1¾-inch hatchet-head shaped piece showing the typical green fluorescing and ore-rimming pattern in red-orange fluorescent calcite,itself showing brighter streaks and veins typical for this locality. However, this piece also exhibits stringers of bright butter-yellow fluorescing powellite, a red/green fluorescent combination not known from any other locality. In addition, this piece also displays a minor amount of deep-blue fluorescent hydrozincite,technically making it a 4-color short-wave ultraviolet fluorescent specimen and thus highly rare and collectible! The third piece is a 5 x 3 x 1½-inchsomewhat arrowhead-shaped specimen also from Miller canyon and shows large mottled/veined areas of mostly green-fluorescent willemite across aboutthree-quarters of the piece, the other quarter being mostly red-orange fluorescent calcite. It is a specimen atypically rich in willemite for any non-Franklinarea piece and also highly desirable in that it too is dappled with deep-blue fluorescing hydrozincite. Two of the most energetic field collectors active inArizona in recent decades have said that Miller is in such inaccessible terrain that, what with the exertion of hauling in ultraviolet lamps and regular hand-tools such as hammers and chisels for collecting, little room and energy is left for bringing out specimens. The surface is quite picked over and transportingeven shovels, heavy rakes or sledge hammers to collect below the surface is too arduous to be worth any prospector’s while. Thus the likelihood of morelarge specimens such as these appearing on the market in the near future in any real quantity is highly unlikely. These two Arizona pieces were found by oneof these collectors, Charles Grogan, and received from him by Hugh Ronemus for his collection. The Franklin piece was received in trade from the dealer’sstock of eminent Franklin/foreign fluorescent collector/dealer Claude poli. Provenance: Ex Charles Grogan, Claude Poli, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $700-$1,00016 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  19. 19. 49122 HARDYSTONITE CRYSTALS IN A THREE-COLOR FLUORESCENT FRANKLIN CLASSIC Franklin Mine, Franklin Borough, Sussex Co, New Jerseypurple-fluorescing hardystonite might be called the Rodney dangerfield ofFranklin minerals, in that it has seldom garnered the respect it truly deserves.named for the adjoining Hardyston Township, this is the only place on earthwhere the mineral is to be found; it has not even been located elsewherein the greater Franklin area. Hardystonite was chosen by many eminentscientists and top collectors as the mineral most likely to drop off of theFranklin area “unique list”, but whilst several other of the area’s mineralshave been now discovered elsewhere, hardystonite remains steadfast. Whilemuch more common fluorescent species enjoy high esteem among Franklinfluorescent aficionados when found in their rarest forms and associationsin this area (Wollastonite being a prime example), still the reputation ofhardystonite in its rarer forms and associations has lagged behind. Finally,from the mid-1990’s onwards, when the fluorescent mineral market was 49123 A FRANKLIN CLASSIC — FINE ESPERITE WITH WILLEMITErapidly expanding, hardystonite specimens in their best multi-colored and Franklin, Sussex Co, New Jerseyvibrant associations started rising in value and esteem, first world-wide esperite is one formerly unique Franklin mineral that has always beenand then, as a consequence in the Franklin area, when the locals noticed coveted by collectors of fluorescents due to its shockingly brilliant yellowish-how scarce true first-class specimens were becoming in the area due to the green response under shortwave ultraviolet. It has been found elsewherekeen world-wide demand; in the past 5 or 10 years, even average to fair in minor traces in a Bolivian tin mine, for example, but Franklin is likelyspecimens have been sky-rocketing in value. The present example, however, the only locality deposit in any quantity. Though somewhat scarcer thanis considerably above average: hardystonite crystals have been found in Hardystonite, most collectors can hope to eventually obtain at least a smalltwo exceptionally rare occurrences, possibly closely related, and this piece piece; but fine cabinet-sized and larger specimens are decidedly rare, andrepresents the more aesthetic fluorescent type, in red-orange fluorescent rich pieces such as this large 5 x 3 x 2½-inch cabinet specimen have alwayscalcite, with lesser amounts of green-fluorescing willemite. The hardystonite been extremely scarce and highly sought-after. Though this specimenshows a slightly rounded crystal form as is usual even in the best specimens, represents the most typical association, with yellowish-green fluorescentbut it also displays strong parting planes and weak cleavages in relation willemite and the non-fluorescents black franklinite and orange zincite, theto the crystal form, another rare occurrence. All these minerals fluorescebest in shortwave ultraviolet rays as do the occasional associated minerals quality is exceptional. More mundane specimens of this association can beclinohedrite (yellow-orange) and esperite (greenish-yellow), but of these difficult to identify, as the fluorescent hues and intensities are similar enoughtwo, only clinohedrite is present here in a small trace. The non-fluorescent that the colors appear indistinguishable as these two minerals become moreassociates include black franklinite and the unusual brown tephroite which intimately mixed. But the large, relatively pure vein-like bands of esperiteis even more exceptional and desirable on this piece because it shows a are as bold and distinctive as the willemite, cutting a diagonal swathe acrossfluorescent pattern of willemite; exsolved along the cleavage and parting the beautiful rock, making for a rare, superb and highly aesthetic specimenplanes as an attractive network of fine lines. Also uncommon is the fact that of this Franklin classic.this incredible 3¾ x 3 x 1½-inch specimen has both major faces displaying Provenance: Ex Hugh Ronemus Collectionwell-shaped crystals in beautiful fluorescent harmony with their associates. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 Provenance: Ex Ray Vajdik, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $2,000-$3,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 17
  20. 20. 49124 LARGE FLUORESCENT AGRELLITE Kipawa Complex, Villedieu Township, Temiskaming Co, Quebec, Canadapink is a somewhat rare color in the fluorescent mineral kingdom, especially in large pieces such as this, showing it as the predominant shade, and is rarelydisplayed in such a vibrant, intense and unadulterated coloring. Agrellite from the Kipawa Complex, however, is the one fluorescent mineral that proves anexception to these rules, and the present specimen is exceptional even under these terms. From the few other places it has been found (elsewhere in northernCanada and Alaska), agrellite has been recovered in exceedingly small amounts, not particularly worthy of fluorescent displays. However, the KipawaComplex is an alkaline syenite intrusion, similar to granitic rocks and their coarse pegmatite, but mostly lacking in the commonest silicate minerals such asquartz and feldspar group minerals. such alkaline syenites usually contain rather bizarre combinations of minerals and in the case of the Kipawa Complex,this includes pods, “stringers”, and lenses containing masses of brilliantly pink fluorescent agrellite. While most collectors can now have a “hand-specimen” ofthese shockingly pink fluorescent mineral, museum-sized masses of nearly pure agrellite such as this remarkable 13 x 8½ x 4 inch example are still extremelyrare. This splendid piece was purchased directly from its collector, d. MacFarlane, for the Hugh Ronemus collection, and also contains minor amounts ofthe deep-red fluorescing albite as well as a greenish fluorescent and phosphorescent carbonate-mineral coating probably composed of aragonite and/orcalcite, all fluorescing well together under shortwave ultraviolet rays, although the agrellite fluoresces slightly brighter under mid-range ultraviolet exposure. Provenance: Ex D. MacFarlane, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $600-$800 49125 FLUORESCENT SVABITE Langban, Sweden This is a classic and rare fluorescent mineral specimen from a classic european locality. svabite is a member of the Apatite-group minerals, more specifically of the Arsenate-Apatites, a very rare sub-group of a large and abundant grouping, and one that wins the fluorescence competition hands-down. This fine specimen of svabite fluoresces in a brilliant orange under shortwave ultraviolet rays, streaked with lesser quantities of an unidentified red-fluorescing mineral (probably either tilasite or tirodite). A very small amount of non-fluorescent material is also present in streaks across this large, blocky specimen, up to 5¾ inches on the diagonal and 5 inches along the longest edge of the main face, with a thickness of about 3 inches. This is a very rare specimen on the market; besides the locality being in a desolate and remote region, the swedish government generally limits access to serious researchers, and the material that has been distributed is typically smashed into small pieces to fit into the small standardized european rare mineral species boxes of less than 2 inches square. not only is this specimen exceptionally rich in color, but the blockiness and unusual angular-shaped faces allow it to be displayed to good advantage in numerous positions, an unusual yet highly desirable bonus feature. A superb, rare and large cabinet-sized fluorescent specimen from a locality that could potentially give the famed Franklin mining district a run for its money as the fluorescent mineral capital of the world, if only greater access were granted. Provenance: Ex Hugh Ronemus Collection Estimate: $1,500-$2,00018 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  21. 21. 49126 FLUORESCENT ZINCITE Burning slag dumps, New Jersey Zinc Company Refinery; Laboratories, Palmerton, Carbon County, PennsylvaniaZincite is a mineral composed of zinc and oxygen, specifically the naturally occurringhexagonal form of Zno (zinc oxide). This fine specimen fluoresces a brilliant yellow underlongwave or shortwave ultraviolet rays; interestingly, it was formed on the dump of the refiningand processing wastes of the new Jersey Zinc Co, which owned the Franklin and sterling Hillmines, among others that were not in the Franklin area. The dump contained waste productsfrom ore shipments from mines at sterling Hill, new Jersey, and from the Friedensville areamines, Lehigh County, pennsylvania as well as some from Belgium. These dumps were alsoused for discarded building products later evidenced by bricks impressed with the nJ ZincCo logo. Likely there were other building products including timbers and other flammablematerial and probably some ores that were too low-grade to refine. But, somehow, along withthe semi-molten slag supplying enough heat to start the dump burning, they smoldered hotenough and for long enough to volatilize the zinc in the thick piles of the burning dumps andwhen the zinc met enough cooling air near the surface of the dump, zinc oxide was the predominant quasi-mineral to form; in rare cases it was beautifullyfluorescent. since this occurred with the cooperation of Mother nature and man, many purists do not consider these true mineral specimens, but this onecertainly is a beautiful fluorescent specimen and has a strong tie-in to the vast lore that comprises the mythos of Frankin/sterling Hill as well as that offluorescent collecting in general. A superb, delicate pale green 3¼ x 2½ x 1-inch specimen, it was collected by Bob Murcer, a nJ Zinc Co chemist who keptsimilar pieces in his own fluorescent mineral collection. Completely natural zincite specimens are found only in minute traces outside of the Franklin area,where it comprises one of the three major ore minerals and in which it is virtually never fluorescent; two fairly small finds were made at the sterling HillMine, the rarer thick-vein occurrence from the 180-foot level producing specimens that were somewhat comparable, but are extremely difficult to obtain. Theother occurrence was in thin powdery seams within massive non-fluorescent zincite and the fluorescence was almost non-existent under shortwave light. Provenance: Ex Robert Murcer, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $300-$600 49127 RARE CANADIAN MULTI-COLOR FLUORESCENT Long Lake Zinc Mine, Olden Township, Frontenac Co, Ontario, CanadaAlso known as the Lynx Mine, the Long Lake Zinc Mine has quietly been producing some of the most spectacular multi-color fluorescent mineral specimensin the world since at least the early 1960’s. Though yielding occasional specimens since then, the only time a truly noticeable amount of pieces appeared onthe market was during the mid to late 1990’s, when the present specimen was made public; by the early 2000’s they had largely disappeared again, havingbeen absorbed into an eager market. And no wonder – although the overall tones are usually on the muted or pastel side, these specimens frequently presentbeautifully aesthetic patterning, rarely matched elsewhere, including in pieces from the famed Franklin area. Measuring 14 x 7 x 4¼ inches, this exampleresembles nothing so much as a giant psychedelic peanut and is an outstanding piece even for this fine locality. Composed of the Grenville Formation marbleand its accompanying minerals, and activated with the help of trace elements from the zinc mine, it contains red-orange fluorescent calcite, resembling thedying embers of a fire, along with bands of what seems to be yellow-white fluorescent diopside (although could possibly be the much scarcer fluoborite).Bright yellow fluorescing chondrodite also appears, in similarly arranged bands of spots, as well as what are probably veinlets of dolomite, brilliant bluestreaks cross-cutting these other mineral bands in a sub-parallel trend: a rare and desirable response for this mineral. In addition, a non-fluorescent brownvein streaks across the specimen roughly parallel to the dolomite veinlets and has apparently imparted a halo of white fluorescent calcite about ¼-inchthick to either side of the vein. All these fluorescent responses are visible under shortwave ultraviolet rays and combine to produce a superbly patterned,exceptionally large, world class 5-color fluorescent specimen of museum-worthy quality. Provenance: Ex Hugh Ronemus Collection Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 19
  22. 22. 49128 A PERFECT MATCH: EXCEEDINGLY RARE FLUORESCENT FLUORITE SPECIMEN AND A COMMON FLUORESCENT ORE PIECE Doña Anna Prospect, Cochise Co, ArizonaFluorite, an abundant fluorescent mineral species found worldwide, has been known to fluoresce in virtually every color of the spectrum, but by far the rarestcolors are red and pink. This specimen is from the only locality that has produced significant, display-caliber pink-fluorescent fluorites and is probably theonly locality for pink-fluorescent fluorite in the world. The mineral only responds with this color under shortwave ultraviolet rays; under longwave ultravioletit responds with a typical and abundant bright blue-violet. Under the shortwave ultraviolent it glows a bright pastel pink, and this is likely the second bestknown specimen for this response and the only one of large-size display caliber, at 5 x 5 x 4 inches, with two display-worthy faces enlivened by a small veinletof blue-white shortwave fluorescent scheelite in between. other associated minor fluorescents on this piece under short-wave are dull green-fluorescentquartz and a small fluorescent spot of a weak yellow, most likely powellite or a different response of the quartz. even small cabinet specimens (under 4 inches)of this pink-fluorescing fluorite are exceptionally rare – estimated at about 40 to 50 pieces in total – and only one larger museum-quality piece is known.Accompanying this exceptional specimen is a relatively mundane fluorescent specimen from the same prospect, but one which provides an importanthistorical counterpoint to its world-class companion: fine blue-white fluorescing scheelite on a non-fluorsecent quartz matrix with veinlets of non-fluorescentmica, which are also the main matrix minerals of the world-class fluorescent fluorite. The brilliant fluorescence of the scheelite is somewhat muted in apleasantly wispy cloudlike pattern that sweeps across the entire 6½ x 5½ x 3¼-inch matrix. presumably, scheelite and feberite, a non-fluorescent, were thetungsten ore minerals at the small doña Anna prospect, as no indications of any other potential ore minerals seem to be in evidence at the now worked-outsite. Wispy veinlets of scheelite are virtually all that remain now since they have little ore value in small amounts; but a few small crystals and one step-formedparallel growth group of large crystals that were found there recently suggest that at least a limited amount of higher tenor ore was mined out of this prospect;it was probably the fluorescence of the sheelite which led to the discovery of the ore, and hence the discovery of this world-class fluorescent fluorite. Provenance: Ex Hugh Ronemus Collection Estimate: $3,500-$5,00020 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  23. 23. gold Nullagine, Pibara Region, Western Australia, Australia 49129 RARE CRYSTAL GOLD – THE “EAGLE”Crystallized gold specimens are a real rarity from Australia – even though gold nuggets have been found in profusionin Western Australia. Nicknamed “The Eagle”, because of its “wing” span, by past owner Hubert C. de Monmonier – thisspecimen is a crystalline aggregate of high karat gold sporting free standing gold crystals as well as numerous epimorphiccasts of accompanying Quartz crystals. It is a massive piece of virtually pure gold with little of the original Quartzremaining. It weighs an hefty 779 grams (25.045 troy ounces). Nullagine: an old gold mining town in Western Australia’sPilbara region is the source. From 1895 to 1914, Nullagine was a booming rough and tumble outback town with a heart ofgold. The easy pickings ran out in 1914 and the miners moved on. lack of discoveries, since that time have not deterredmodern prospectors, equipped with metal detectors, from exploring these old mining regions, stubbornly seeking anynuggets that eluded the early miners. In 1997, an intrepid miner hit pay dirt when he found this large crystallized goldspecimen. Eventually the specimen made its way from the C. Kent Collection of Australia into the notable gold collectionof Hubert C. de Monmonier, who later bequeathed it to the University of Arizona (formerly the Arizona State & TerritorialCollection). Although the University listed Kalgoorlie as the locality on its accompanying museum label, it’s much rarerNullagine origins have been confirmed by Bill Birch, Senior Curator of the Museum Victoria of Melbourne, Australia, aswell as being documented in “Gold, The Noble Metal“ – a special edition of Extralapis English Magazine, published bylithographie in 2003. Accompanied by a custom unlabeled base, it bears the University of Arizona collection #18447, andmeasures 4 inches high x 5⅛ inches wide x 1¼ inches thick. Provenance: ex. C. Kent Collection ex. Hubert Charles de Monmonier Collection ex. University of Arizona Collection Publication: “Gold, The Noble Metal“, ExtraLapis English, Lithographie, 2003, p. 33 Estimate: $140,000-$160,000 SeSSion two | auction #6071 | Sunday, June 12, 2011 | aprox. 3:00pM ct 21
  24. 24. 49130 NATIVE GOLD Dorlin, Maripasoula Commune, French Guiana Goldfinger, el dorado, the Treasure of the sierra Madre, savage natives, Gold: the drive to possess this uniquely colored metal can easily become an all- consuming obsession. In spite of the fact that Gold has been rather vigorously sought everywhere on the planet reachable by humans, some of the areas that have produced significant quantities of this most desirable of metals, are quite under-represented in Gold collections. French Guiana is very definitely one of those under-represented localities. A placer mine at dorlin; a tiny camp on one of the numberless rivers meandering through the jungle, produced this hefty example of Mankind’s ultimate motivator. The massive high-Karat gold shown here is composed of multiple, coarse and large octahedral crystals showing some signs of stream wear. There is no matrix; the coffee colored river took care of that years ago. The approximate weight is 137 grams (4.40 Troy ounces): large even for this remote area. From the personal collection of Gilles emringer, mine geologist at dorlin. Holding this hard won prize, you can almost feel the heat, humidity and the endless kilometers of green in every direction. It has a custom labeled base and measures 1½ x 11∕16 x 1½ inches. Provenance: ex. Gilles Emringer Collection Estimate: $30,000-$36,000 49131 CRYSTALLIZED GOLD ON QUARTZ Mockingbird Mine, Whitlock, Whitlock District, Bagby-Mariposa- Mount Bullion-Whitlock District, Mariposa Co., California, USA This fine Gold specimen displays shining dodecahedral crystals of Gold rising from the interior of a colorless Quartz matrix. some of the Quartz to one side is atypically euhedral and a small area of that is transparent: a very good indicator of its particular source. The specimen is quite heavy for its size, indicating that there is probably more gold hidden within the Quartz matrix, waiting to be revealed. The Mockingbird Mine, near Mariposa, California, shares a couple of things with its adjoining, more famous, neighbor: the Colorado Quartz Mine – a single, well defined structure that contains the odd, infrequent “pocket”: a cavity sometimes containing crystals of metallic Gold of exceptional perfection. Rock between the pockets is uniformly barren of the precious metal, such that estimation of reserves and potential future production is virtually impossible. The other thing shared by both properties is the presence of euhedral and sometimes transparent Quartz crystals accompanying the crystalline Gold, such as in this specimen. The combination of transparent, well-formed Quartz and crystalline Gold is relatively rare for specimens of this metal. This extremely bright Gold specimen measures 2¾ inches high x 1⅝ inches wide x 1⅞ inches deep, is in pristine condition, and comes with a custom unlabeled base. Estimate: $18,000-$22,00022 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  25. 25. 49132 NATIVE GOLD Grass Valley, Nevada City District (Grass Valley District), Sierra Co., California, USAvery sharp and well-defined crystalline Gold specimenconsisting of numerous flattened octahedrons, some ofwhich are over ⅝ inch across: quite large for Gold crystals.The main crystal(s) display a pronounced “hopper” typeof growth habit indicative of fairly rapid growth. Thecolor, luster and habit of the specimen are consistent withother known Grass valley specimens but is considerablybetter than most – a world class specimen. This is fromthe Al McGuiness Family Collection, which makes italso a very old specimen, it then found its way into theGene Meieran Collection, and finally ended up in WayneThompson’s private collection. A world class miniatureGold with great patina and provenance, it weighs 10.40grams, measures 1⅜ inches long x ¾ inch wide x ⅛ inchthick, and has a custom labeled base. Provenance: ex. Al McGuiness Family Collection ex. Gene Meieran Collection ex. Wayne Thompson’s Private Collection Estimate: $30,000-$35,000 49134 FINE AND AESTHETIC GOLD NUGGET Dunolly, Victoria, Australia This lovely alluvial nugget displays a bright yellow color denoting a high karat content; but beyond its purity, the natural form makes it a highly collectible specimen. Finely textured with pits and protrusions, it has the appearance of delicate gold leaf, loosely crumpled, with folds and crevices, apertures and delicate, textured frills. In fine contrast, the raised areas are lightly burnished smooth and the whole impressive piece measures 49133 NATIVE GOLD approximately 3⅛ x 1½ x 1⅛ inches and weighs 6.025 troy oz (187.4 grams). Ro¸ ia Montanã (Verespatak; Vöröspatak; Goldbach), Alba Co., Romania s Estimate: $14,000-$15,000The seldom mentioned country of Romania has interestingly enough beenthe source for a small number of finely crystallized Gold specimens over theyears. This fact tends to catch many people by surprise. never very many,and never very large in size, this small golden trickle has left its mark onserious collections around the world, based on aesthetic form and difficultyof acquisition. very representative of Romanian material, this “leaf” ofcrystalline Gold displays pronounced trigonal features on one surface andlittle or none on the other side. It’s luster is uniformly bright, there is nomatrix or other associated minerals, and it is an older specimen as therehas not been any production from this region for many years. It is from thee.R.Chadbourn Collection that dates from 1855 to the 1920’s, and morerecently from the phil scalisi Collection. It weighs 3.42 grams, measures 1¾inches long x 1¼ inches wide x 1∕16 thick, and has a custom labeled base. Provenance: ex. E. R. Chadbourn Collection (1855-1920’s) ex. Phil Scalisi Collection Estimate: $12,000-$15,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 23
  26. 26. 49135 NATIVE SILVER ON GALENA WITH ACANTHITE Imiter Mine, Imiter District, Djebel Saghro (Jebel Saghro), Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, MoroccoThe last decade has seen the discovery of native silver wires usuallyaccompanied by crystalline Acanthite from the mine at Imiter inMorocco. While the wire silvers from Imiter are quite fine, mostof the specimens seen are under 2 inches in height and often withno matrix other than an Acanthite crust. This large and unusualspecimen combines lustrous almost chatoyant wires of native silver& skeletal black Acanthite masses along with dark cubic crystalsand cleavages of Galena. Besides its large size, this is one of the fewspecimens known that displays this combination, making this a rareand desirable specimen from this locality. From a French collection,it has a custom unlabeled base, and measures 4¾ inches high x 3¾inches wide x 2 inches thick. Provenance: ex. Private French Collection Estimate: $30,000-$35,000 49136 NATIVE SILVER Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexicodeep in the Barranca country of Chihuahua lie the rich silver minesof Batopilas. Here “pods” of pure silver were extracted from withinveins of white Calcite. The best examples of this valuable metal weremined before 1900. very characteristic of Batopilas material is theflattened and feather-like reticulated forms seen in this specimen.The largest crystals are some 2½ inches in length showing silver“herringbones” emerging from the white enclosing Calcite along withsome black carbonaceous material on obverse. This is an extremelyfine example of pre-1900 material from this remote locality. From theRobert Hauck collection, it measures 4 inches long x 2⅞ inches widex 1⅜ inches thick. Provenance: ex. Robert Hauck Collection Estimate: $8,000-$10,00024 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  27. 27. 49137 NATIVE SILVER ON PYRARGYRITE Bulldog Mountain Mine, Creede District, Mineral Co., Colorado, USAHistorically, as well as economically speaking, mining put the state of Colorado on the map. That the mining history of Colorado has been largely marginalizedby other, more recent developments, still can’t erase the important role played by this vital activity. Hundreds of mines produced a steady stream of preciousmetals that fueled the settlement of the West and purchased expensive baubles such as the Hope diamond for wealthy eastern socialites. This rarely seenrelic from that boom period is one of the few remaining examples of the highest grade silver ore mined in Colorado during those times. It is a sizable,3-dimensional mass of black pyrargyrite (silver Antimony sulfide) shot through with literally thousands of small, shining silver “wires”. Railroad carloads ofthis fabulously rich ore were sent to the smelters and almost none were saved for future generations to marvel over. This survivor of those boom years wasmined before the turn of the century (1900) in Creede, Colorado – now only a small mountain resort town of vegan cafes and rubber tomahawk vendors.It is almost impossible to find large examples of this material today. From the noted Robert Hauck collection, it measures 4¼ long x 3⅛ wide x 1½ thick Provenance: ex. Robert Hauck Collection Estimate: $8,000-$10,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 25
  28. 28. 49138 HISTORIC KONGSBERG SET Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, NorwayIt isn’t often that a fine mineral specimen is combined with an interesting history. In this case we have two fine examples of wire silver mounted on acommemorative plaque that was presented to the manager of the Kongsberg silver Mines on his 75th birthday. The two sinuous and stout wire clusters arescrew mounted on a black lacquer base. The matched pair show the typical dark patina of older specimens and the antique base bears a silver plate engravedwith the words: “Congratulations on your 75 years. 7-1-48 “ in norwegian. There is some checking to the lacquer on the base, but it is otherwise in excellentcondition. From the notable ed david Collection, the dimensions are: left wire: 1¾ inches high x 1 inch across x ½ inch thick; right wire: 1¾ inches high x1 inch across x ⅝ inch thick. Provenance: ex. Ed David Collection Estimate: $25,000-$32,00026 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  29. 29. 49139 FLUORITE Okorusu Mine (Okarusu Mine), Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, NamibiaThe okorusu Fluorite Mine located in north-Central namibia has been a steady producer of fine blue-green and purple Fluorite specimens for a numberof years. occasionally the mine produces crystal groups that display atypical red-purple cores with yellow exteriors; a combination of colors that is muchsought after by collectors who are aware of the relative rarity of such things. A small find of such material was made in 2000. sporting a number of cubiccrystals up to 1-inch on edge, this group is a fine embodiment of that unusual color combination. It has characteristic soft luster on all faces and there isone octahedral cleavage in evidence, otherwise this unusual specimen is clean and sharp. It is quite translucent/transparent for specimens from this locality.overall it measures 6 inches long x 4 inches wide x 2⅛ inches thick, and has a custom labeled acrylic stand. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500 49140 FLUORITE & DOLOMITE Moscona Mine, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Villabona Mining Area, Asturias, SpainThis Fluorite specimen was mined in 1982, in the lovely mountains of Asturias, spain. Composed of simple cubic forms, it exhibits an exotic, golden honey-yellow color, particularly in transmitted light. The cube faces are complex in reflected light with a multitude of glistening facets, each of which reflects its littlebit of the incident light. The lower side of the piece is lightly “dusted” with a number of small, saddle shaped dolomite rhombs of an off-white coloration.The crystals of Fluorite range in size up to 1¼ inches on edge. Condition is pristine with no damage to display surfaces and was from A. Martaud’s privatecollection. It has a custom base and measures 5½ inches long x 3 inches high x 3½ inches thick. Provenance: ex. A. Martuad Private Collection Estimate: $5,500-$7,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 27
  30. 30. 49141 BLUE FLUORITE Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, ChinaFew mineral species are able to compete with the rainbow of colorcombinations that Fluorite can possess. Among the most appreciated arethe turquoise blue cubes with darker blue-violet exteriors that come fromthe yaogangxian Mine in Hunan, China. In this exceptionally beautifulexample, cubic crystals up to 1⅛ inches on edge are perched on top of a 49142 “BENT” TOURMALINE CRYSTALbone-white matrix of dolomite that is visible both under and through the Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazilvery transparent Fluorite. The main crystal shows contact on the back side, The gem mineral: Tourmaline is rather odd in that every so often a crystal willbut overall appearance from the display direction is quite exquisite. The come to light that is “bent” – still in one piece but twisted or curved insteadintense and unusual turquoise blue coloration is rather uncommon from of straight, as is normal. It is thought that movement of the surroundingthis locality and the Fluorite has very good luster. It was mined in 2009 and material during crystal growth has resulted in multiple fractures that healcame from the private collection of experienced China-hand Ken Roberts. very much like a broken leg in a cast: the fractured piece are held in theirThis colorful specimen measures 3¼ inches high x 2½ inches wide x 2¼ new “bent” position while the crystal is still growing and thus, the crystalinches deep has a custom unlabeled base. “heals” in its new “bent” shape. Most of these “orthopedic accidents” are Provenance: ex. Ken Roberts Private Collection associated with small, heavily included prisms. In this case the bent crystal Estimate: $35,000-$45,000 is larger than normal and is quite lustrous, transparent and possessed of a light greenish blue tint over most of its length with a light pink termination and basal “core”. overall, it measures 3½ inches long x ¾ inch wide x ⅝ inch wide. Estimate: $4,000-$4,50028 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  31. 31. 49143 PINK FLUORITE ON PYRITE Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, PeruFor hundreds of years it has been believed that the only occurrences of Fluorite specimens of a pink hue have been “klufts” – fissures and cavities exposedon the cliff faces of the High Alps of France and switzerland. The sports of rock and mountain climbing owe their origins to “strahlers”: people who scale thecold and forbidding towers of stone in search of the crystal treasures exposed on their granite flanks. The discovery of similar pink Fluorite in peru in 1981shattered this long held assumption. The strahlers of the High Alps were in no danger of unemployment, since the peruvian find was not an extensive one:specimens as large as this one were few in number at the time and since that find has not been repeated – even harder to find now. This group is composedof approximately 20 crystals, up to 1¼ inches on edge distributed over the front, back and one side of a fin of pyrite with minor sprinkling of black sphalerite.The octahedral Fluorite crystals show the typical light green cores visible inside limpid pink exteriors. From a european collection that acquired it in 1981,it has remained with the original owner until now. There is minor nicking to some pyrite edges, otherwise it is pristine and measures 7¼ inches long x 4¼inches wide x 3½ inches thick. Provenance: ex. Private European Collection Estimate: $48,000-$55,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 29
  32. 32. 49144 SMITHSONITE Kelly Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA In the cozy world of mineral collecting, Kelly Mine smithsonite is kind of like a Ford Mustang: everybody can recognize one. They are that distinctive and desirable. The classic version combines rounded mammilary forms with a satin luster that can only be described as subtly beautiful, along with a translucent sea blue-green coloration that looks like a flavor of sherbet you haven’t quite gotten around to enjoying; yet. This mineralogical confection comes lightly dusted with sparkling, colorless micro-crystals of Calcite and is in pristine condition. It has a custom unlabeled base, with overall measurements of 3⅝ inches high x 3 inches wide x 1½ inches thick. Estimate: $5,500-$6,500 49145 THOMSONITE Well dug in Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India Imagine digging a well out in the back yard and finding something like this while you were doing it. That’s exactly what happened to a rather surprised Indian fellow one day. He broke into a cavity lined with multiple, golden-yellow, radiating spheres of Thomsonite: one of the rarer members of the Zeolite family of minerals. This piece of that find consists of a number of spherical Thomsonite aggregates with a single large hemisphere of Thomsonite on one end, all of which are overcoating a black basalt matrix. Broken spherules allow the radiating internal crystal structure to be observed. Luster is a soft matte surface that is quite unusual. In excellent condition with accession #Rn 85 on the obverse. overall specimen measurements are 3¼ inches wide x 3 inches high x 2½ inches thick; the largest sphere is a sizable 1¾ inches in diameter. Estimate: $1,800-$2,20030 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  33. 33. 49146 GREEN APOPHYLLITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, IndiaThere are any number of Apophyllite localities scattered throughout the vast lava flows of the deccan plateau of India, but only a paltry few produce thelight green variety colored by trace levels of vanadium. In this example, a multitude of mint green transparent prisms are interspersed on an off-white to greyQuartz matrix. The largest of the Apophyllite prisms measures 1¼ inches in length. The Apophyllites are quite transparent and display typical pyramidalterminations. Condition is excellent. There is an accession number A-5 and overall measurements are 3¼ inches high x 3⅛ inches wide x 2½ inches deep. Estimate: $3,000-$3,500 49147 TITANITE WITH APATITE Ankarafa, Vohémar District, Sava (Northeastern) Region, Antsiranana Province, MadagascarA light peridot green blade of Titanite showing classic twinning, on matrix, with a colorless, doubly-terminated Apatite crystal and numerous smaller Apatiteprisms as well. The edge of the Titanite shows damage but not when viewed from the preferred display angle. The Titanite crystal measures 1¾ inches longx 1+ inches across x ¼ inch thick and is somewhat transparent. Luster on side faces is a “satin” one due to the profusion of microscopic growth features. TheApatite crystal is 7/8+ inch long and displays a glassy luster. From the 2003-2004 find and one of the few that is on matrix. The specimen measures 2 incheswide x 1¼ inches thick x 2½ inches long, has a custom labeled base, and is fine condition. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 31
  34. 34. 49148 PROUSTITE Marienberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany europe has been mining silver since the time of the Hellenic empire. By the time anyone thought to save fine examples of the crystallized silver ores that they were ferociously mining, smelting and turning into coins, cups and the like; many of the mines were worked out and abandoned. even in Germany, where mining reached a very sophisticated level of development, few examples were saved from the furnaces. This rare “Ruby silver” managed to escape the mass destruction that was the lot of virtually all of these high-grade ores. Multiple prismatic crystals of transparent, deep red color and semi- metallic luster fan out from a common base. There are single crystals up to 1⅜ inches long, making up portions of the cluster. some damage to crystal terminations but overall the combination of rarity, transparency, form and luster make this a very worthy addition to any mineral collection. It measures 2¼ inches high x 1½ inches wide x 1¾ inches deep and has an acrylic base. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000 49149 CUPRITE Onganja Mine, Onganja, Seeis, Windhoek District, Khomas Region, NamibiaAn instant hit when these enormous tail-light red crystals made their first appearance during the period 1973-1974, there has been no further productionsince that first strike. now considered to be “Classics” in the full sense of the term, they are usually seen as loose single crystals: groups such as this one wereconsiderably rarer. This cluster of massive, highly transparent Cuprite crystals has had the original Malachite coating removed to display the unbelievabletransparency. Most of the crystals dating from this period underwent a similar treatment. There were a number of absolutely stunning facetted stones cut fromthis material and this group would provide numerous cut stones were one sufficiently venal to do so. no production of these has been seen for around 35years. It is from the daniel Trinchillo sr. Collection and measures 2⅜ inches high x 3 inches wide x 1⅛ inches thick; the largest crystal is 1½ inches across.There is a custom labeled base. Provenance: ex. Daniel Trinchillo Sr. Collection Estimate: $10,000-$12,00032 To vIeW FULL desCRIpTIons, enLARGeABLe IMAGes And BId onLIne, vIsIT HA.CoM/6071
  35. 35. 49150 BRILLIANT GREEN CALCITE Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USAConsidering the fact that Calcite is one of the most common ofminerals, it is interesting to contemplate how rarely are decent crystalsfound and how really unusual are Calcites with interesting inclusionssuch as the Kelly green Calcite group seen here. It owes its attractivehue to thousands of hair-like Malachite needles frozen inside lustrousscalenohedrons of transparent Calcite. What little matrix that isexposed, on the bottom and edges of the specimen, is a very contrastyreddish chocolate brown. single crystals range up to 1 inch in lengthin this group. A few crystals show cleavages at terminations but thatdoes not detract from its display quality as it is quite difficult to tellcleavages from terminations. exceptionally fine color for material ofthis type and locality. excellent luster and evenness of color. This is ahighly desirable example of old Bisbee material circa 1900 from the p.G. Beckett Collection. It measures 2½ inches long x 1⅝ inches widex 1½ inches high. Provenance: ex. P. G. Beckett Collection Estimate: $8,000-$12,000 49151 QUARTZ WITH HEMATITE Qaleh-Zari Mine (Ghale Zari Mine), Nehbandan, South Khorasan Province, Iran, S. Khorasan Province, Iransimple Quartz crystal with multiple radiating faces terminating in one large normal termination. This form resembles a pineapple with the profusion of smallside faces. With an exceedingly thin iron oxide coating that gives rise to a charming amount of iridescence. A highly unusual specimen from an unusuallocality for Quartz that measures 2½ x 2 x 1 inches. In fine condition. Estimate: $850-$1,000 sessIon TWo | AUCTIon #6071 | sUndAy, JUne 12, 2011 | ApRox. 3:00pM CT 33