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Lot 4: LARGE NATIVE COPPER
by I.M. Chait
May 16, 2010
Beverly Hills, CA, USALive Auction
LARGE NATIVE COPPER
Keweenaw peninsula, Michigan
Copper has done as much to advance human culture as any other mineral. Known to some of the oldest civilizations on record, it has a history of use at least 10,000 years old; evidence of smelting has been discovered at the Can Hasan site in Turkey, dated to 5,000 B.C., and the ease with which this operation could be performed using primitive equipment was instrumental in leading mankind out of the Stone Age and into the Bronze Age. This fine crystal specimen has the fascinatingly twisted form and pitted surface reminiscent of a meteorite, but is distinguished by lovely green and purple coloring. An attractive, aesthetic example it measures 14 x 6 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches.