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Auction Description for Heritage Auctions: 2013 June 2 Natural History Signature Auction Session 2
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LOT VIEWING Heritage Auctions Design District Annex 1518 Slocum Street • Dallas, TX 75207 Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 1 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT Sunday, June 2 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

2013 June 2 Natural History Signature Auction Session 2

by Heritage Auctions


128 lots with images

June 2, 2013

Live Auction

Heritage Auctions | Design District Annex | 1518 Slocum Street

Dallas, TX, 75207 USA

Phone: 800.872.6467

Email: Bid@HA.com

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STUNNING POLISHED CHRYSOCOLLA-MALACHITE DECORATOR SPECI

Lot 87251: STUNNING POLISHED CHRYSOCOLLA-MALACHITE DECORATOR SPECI

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Description: STUNNING POLISHED CHRYSOCOLLA-MALACHITE DECORATOR SPECIMEN Bagdad Copper Mine, Yavapai County, Arizona Chrysocolla, a copper silicate mineral, often occurs with Malachite, a copper carbonate mineral, and blends together to form this colorful gemstone which is a beautiful blend of turquoise blue and green. Often associated with copper mining, Chrysocolla-Malachite is found in the oxidation zone of major copper deposits. Chrysocolla gets its name from the Greek word "chrysos" meaning gold and "kola" meaning glue - alluding to the name of material that was used to solder gold. Similarly, Malachite is named from the Greek word "mallow" which is a green herb. This particular specimen came from the famed Bagdad Copper Mine in Arizona. The mine has gone through the oxide zones and has recently suffered a major pit failure. This location will most likely no longer produce this great material. It was sculpted in such a way as to accentuate its virtues: with a raised point in the middle of the piece which slopes down to the edges of each side before the surface rises on the periphery. The polish continues well down the sides of the entire rim and multiple small pockets of drusy Quartz are visible all around the specimen. Shaped almost as an abstract heart, this piece stands out for its indescribable color. It weighs almost eight pounds. The polish is outstanding. 9 x 6 x 4.5 inches (22.86 x 15.24 x 11.43 cm) and 7.9 pounds (3.58 kilograms). Offered at no reserve. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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UNIQUE

Lot 87252: UNIQUE "SONORAN SUNSET" SCULPTURE: CHRYSOCOLLA & CUPRIT

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Description: UNIQUE "SONORAN SUNSET" SCULPTURE: CHRYSOCOLLA & CUPRITE Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico This unique material is relatively new to the market and comes from the noted Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico which only opened in 2006. Although most copper mines are of the "open pit" variety, this new material was found covered by over 800 feet of gravel! It was discovered while drilling for Copper in the mine. This specimen of Chrysocolla Cuprite, also aptly known as "Sonoran Sunset" contains a combination of minerals that result in its stunning array of colors. The red is Cuprite, and the specimens that are virtually solid red are sometimes referred to as Crimson Cuprite. In fact, Cuprite is named from the Latin word cuprum, meaning copper. This piece certainly has an abundance of red but also features a large patch of blue-green which derives from Chrysocolla, a copper silicate that blends well with Malachite, a copper carbonate. It also features orangey red Chalcotrichite and black veins from iron. The shape of this piece is sublime, and the polish is excellent. Measures 12.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches (31.75 x 19.05 x 8.89 cm) and weighs 17.18 pounds (7.79 kilograms). Offered at no reserve. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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EXOTIC

Lot 87253: EXOTIC "PRINTSTONE" SCULPTURE FROM REMOTE AUSTRALIAN LO

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Description: EXOTIC "PRINTSTONE" SCULPTURE FROM REMOTE AUSTRALIAN LOCATION Mount McRae Shale, Hamersley Basin, Pilbara, Western Australia Printstone, or "Newsprint" Jasper as it is sometimes called, is a silicated sandstone. Found near the mining town of Tom Price in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, this refreshing material gives an entirely new look to natural rock sculptures. More like a piece of contemporary artwork, this specimen from the Mount McRae Shale in the Hamersley Basin has even been theorized to have the evidence of stromatolitic origins although this is only speculation at this point. That being said, some already have given the name Kinneyia simulans to this unsubstantiated classification. This fabulous specimen exhibits an amazing swirling pattern reminiscent of some kind of a wild animal. A myriad of colors including browns, tans, creams and rusts blanket this unusual natural work of art. The freeform sculpture stands vertically on its own and measures 29.5 x 10 x 5.25 inches (74.93 x 25.4 x 13.34 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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STRIKING POLISHED

Lot 87254: STRIKING POLISHED "DESERT SANDSTORM" SCULPTURE Mexico

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Description: STRIKING POLISHED "DESERT SANDSTORM" SCULPTURE Mexico Desert Sandstorm also known as Arizona Sandstorm is actually Dolomite. Also called Wave Dolomite or Rolling Hills Dolomite, this is the rock version of Dolomite that also includes "impurities" such as Calcite, Quartz and Feldspar. Named after French mineralogist Deodat de Dolomieu, who first discovered it in 1791, this sedimentary carbonate rock is found throughout the world. This beautifully patterned example features a very unique shape and an outstanding polish. The twisted, almost psychedelic, patterns are evocative of a desert sandstorm, and the southwestern palate of colors ranging from rust to brown seem to pop right off the smooth but undulating surface of this natural artwork. The piece displays vertically on its sawn bottom. 21. 25 x 11.25 x 6.5 inches (53.98 x 28.58 x 16.51 cm). Offered at no reserve. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE AND DECORATIVE SUGILITE SPECIMEN Northern Cape Pro

Lot 87255: RARE AND DECORATIVE SUGILITE SPECIMEN Northern Cape Pro

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Description: RARE AND DECORATIVE SUGILITE SPECIMEN Northern Cape Province, South Africa This amazing specimen is a large piece of Sugilite from South Africa. Sugilite, also known as lavulite, is a relatively rare cyclosilicate mineral know for its pink to purple range of color. First described in 1944 by Japanese petrologist Ken-ich Sugi, this is an impressive specimen suitable for any collection or decor. Mined from a strata-bound manganese deposit, in the Northern Cape Province, this material is electric.It is extremely unusual to find such a large specimen - there is such high demand for Sugilite gemstones, that almost the entire production is fashioned into beads and cabochons. 23 inches (58.42 cm) x 16 inches (40.64 cm) x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Private Minnesota Collection [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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MASSIVE MALACHITE SCULPTURE Katanga Copper Crescent, Ka

Lot 87256: MASSIVE MALACHITE SCULPTURE Katanga Copper Crescent, Ka

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Description: MASSIVE MALACHITE SCULPTURE Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) This massive specimen of gorgeous green Malachite hails from the fabled Copper Crescent region of Africa. Alas mine production of this material is now restricted to just producing Copper ore for the foreign nationals that control the mines - and large specimens such as these are a thing of the past. This Copper carbonate shows the classic color and texture so often associated with Malachite from this region. In terms of size is huge and is definitely a superlative piece that is well polished with little evidence of epoxy fill. 22 inches (55.88 cm) x 13 inches (33.02 cm) x 8 inches (20.32 cm) and is a dazzler. Provenance: Private Minnesota Collection [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RICH BLUE LAPIS LAZULI SCULPTURE Afghanistan

Lot 87257: RICH BLUE LAPIS LAZULI SCULPTURE Afghanistan

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Description: RICH BLUE LAPIS LAZULI SCULPTURE Afghanistan This stunning piece of Lapis lazuli, formed from the mineral lazurite, exhibits the intense blue color and subtle characteristics so tied to this rare semi-precious stone. Mottled with tones of white Calcite and brassy Pyrite, this rock has been prized since antiquity In fact, Lapis was being mined as early as the third millenium BC, and trade in the rock related to its use in jewelry dates to ancient Egyptian and Sumerian sites. This specimen has a sublime shape and smooth finish which adds to its decorative appeal. 17 x 12 x 10 inches (43.18 x 30.48 x 25.4 cm). Provenance: Private Minnesota Collection [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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UNIQUE SPOTTED JASPER SPHERE Unknown locality

Lot 87258: UNIQUE SPOTTED JASPER SPHERE Unknown locality

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Description: UNIQUE SPOTTED JASPER SPHERE Unknown locality Oscar Ulysses Zerk was a pioneer inventor and engineer whose design prowess lives with us to this day in the "Zerk fitting." But he was also an ardent mineral and fossil collector who amassed a significant collection that rivaled many museums of his day. This unusual sphere is from the Zerk Lapidary Collection: the spotted Jasper gives the appearance of a wild animal skin. With brown spots dotting a gray-green palette, the majority of the piece is covered with this great pattern that is highly unusual. Search of lapidary records yielded no clues as to the source of the rock. It was likely fashioned in Germany in the 1940s - it is atypical to be sure and a standout in its own right. 4 inches (10.16 cm) in diameter. Provenance: The Zerk Collection [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FINE RHODONITE SPHERE California

Lot 87259: FINE RHODONITE SPHERE California

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Description: FINE RHODONITE SPHERE California From the Zerk Lapidary Collection this deep raspberry pink sphere is a nice balance of pink Rhodonite interlaced with black Manganese. A German artist likely fashioned this in the 1940s, when Germany was the center for lapidary art. This is a well polished sphere has great patterning: strong deep black contrasting with rich deep pink. Interesting to think that in the 1930s or 40s the original stone traveled all the way from California to Germany, where it was fashioned into a sphere, and then found its way back to the U.S. to reside in a private Wisconsin museum. 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter. Provenance: The Zerk Collection [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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Lot 87260: "GEM" DINOSAUR BONE SPHERE Jurassic Morrison Formation

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Description: "GEM" DINOSAUR BONE SPHERE Jurassic Morrison Formation Utah This striking sphere is fashioned from fossilized "gem" Dinosaur bone - the pattern actually reflects the trabecular structure of the bone itself - frozen in stone. The beautiful color combination of rich deep reds, browns and grays, accented with yellows and oranges, and coupled with outstanding intricate patterning, really makes this sphere come alive. It is exceedingly rare to find Dinosaur bone in this high quality and in this size. This sphere was part of the renowned Zerk Lapidary Collection and was likely carved by German lapidary artists in the 1940s. It is extremely well polished and shows off its strong rich patterning from every direction. This is an extremely rare collector sphere. 4 inches (10.16 cm) in diameter. Provenance: The Zerk Collection [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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COLORFUL PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE Araucarioxylon arizonicu

Lot 87261: COLORFUL PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE Araucarioxylon arizonicu

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Description: COLORFUL PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation Arizona This beautiful sphere is made from the finest and most desirable Petrified Wood available: Araucarioxylon arizonicum. This Petrified Wood represents the colorful remains of an extinct coniferous tree that lived over 200 million years ago in what is present-day Arizona.These giant trees once dotted the landscape when the dinosaurs were roaming the Earth. They were buried and during the petrification process, the wood absorbed a variety of colorful minerals into the cavities between and within the cells - resulting in a preservation that is a natural work of art. This elegant example of "rainbow" wood is as decorative as it is collectible and features an array of colors: red, yellow, blue, brown and black.This sphere is one of the finest of its type and has excellent polish. 5 inches (12.7 cm) in diameter. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FINE RUTILATED QUARTZ SPHERE Bahia, Brazil

Lot 87262: FINE RUTILATED QUARTZ SPHERE Bahia, Brazil

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Description: FINE RUTILATED QUARTZ SPHERE Bahia, Brazil This fine Rutilated Quartz sphere is an optical marvel as the fibrous interior captures light causing this sphere to appear different every time it is viewed. With only a few minor dark inclusions, this piece is a crystal clear specimen of fine Brazilian Rutilated Quartz featuring sprays of complicated fibers inside of this crystal ball.This globe is from the famed locality of Bahia. 4 inches (10.16 cm) in diameter. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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INCOMPARABLE RUTILATED QUARTZ

Lot 87263: INCOMPARABLE RUTILATED QUARTZ "EGG" Madagascar

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Description: INCOMPARABLE RUTILATED QUARTZ "EGG" Madagascar This magnificent Rutilated Quartz egg from Madagascar is a beauty to behold. With glassly clarity, the egg has a copper to gold hue emanating from the rutilated fibers inside the egg - they are complexly intertwined yet elegantly spaced. Featuring one large and several small areas of moss-like inclusions, the vibrant diorama suspended inside this specimen comes to life as though while frozen in place. Measuring an impressive 6 inches (15.24 cm) high and 4 inches (10.16 cm) wide at its broadest, this egg is definitely a collection specimen. It is finely polished to glassy perfection and very well proportioned. It comes with a lit base that brings out all of the highlights hidden in the interior. In very fine condition. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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STROMATOLITE SPHERE FEATURING THE OLDEST KNOWN FOSSIL O

Lot 87264: STROMATOLITE SPHERE FEATURING THE OLDEST KNOWN FOSSIL O

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Description: STROMATOLITE SPHERE FEATURING THE OLDEST KNOWN FOSSIL ORGANISMS Collenia undosa Precambrian (Proterozoic) Biwabik Formation, Mary Ellen Mine, Mesabi Range, St. Louis County, Minnesota Stromatolites are colonial structures formed by photosynthesizing cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and are the oldest known fossil organisms dating back over three billion years! They were the dominant life form for over two billion years, and it is theorized that oxygen-producing cyanobacteria were responsible for the creation of the Earth's original atmosphere. These stromatolites date back over two billion years, and they are found in association with iron mines in northern Minnesota where it is now apparent that they played a key role in the formation of the Mesabi Iron Range.Mineral replacement of these colonies by red agate (Quartz) and metallic iron (Hematite) resulted in this beautiful material. Known commonly as "Mary Ellen" Jasper for the mine of the same name, this material is a rich, deep opaque red agate with tinges of black and is exceptionally beautiful when cut and polished to reveal its full potential. This elegant sphere measures 8 inches (20.32 cm). For a primitive life form, Collenia is an exquisitely beautiful fossil. Offered at no reserve. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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INCREDIBLE ORBICULAR GRANITE SPHERE FROM AN ATYPICAL LO

Lot 87265: INCREDIBLE ORBICULAR GRANITE SPHERE FROM AN ATYPICAL LO

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Description: INCREDIBLE ORBICULAR GRANITE SPHERE FROM AN ATYPICAL LOCALITY Caldera, Chile This incredible sphere made of Orbicular Granite (also known as "Orbiculite") comes from the unique locality of Caldera, Chile. Almost a third of orbicular rock occurrences are in Finland, and most of the Orbicular Granite seen on the market today comes from Western Australia. Orbicular Granite is an uncommon plutonic rock which typically features a granitic composition. This intrusive igneous rock crystallized from magma cooling below the Earth's surface and has a unique appearance due to the inclusion of orbicules, or concentrically layered, spheroidal structures in the rock. This massive sphere exhibits a stunning pattern of blackish variegated orbicules measuring as large as 3.5 x 3 inches (8.89 x 7.72 cm) which blankets a canvas of cream and white. This phenomenal specimen is 11 inches (27.94 cm) in diameter and has a fine polish. It weighs an impressive 48 kilograms (105.6 pounds). Its immense size coupled with its exquisite appearance virtually ensures that this piece will not go unnoticed in any setting. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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MAGNIFICENT TIGER'S EYE SPHERE  Mount Brockman Station,

Lot 87266: MAGNIFICENT TIGER'S EYE SPHERE Mount Brockman Station,

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Description: MAGNIFICENT TIGER'S EYE SPHERE Mount Brockman Station, Pilbara, Western Australia Mineral replacement resulted in the myriad of colors which make Tiger's Eye so treasured with the white Quartz, yellow Goethite, red/black Hematite, blue Riebeckite ("Crocidolite") and various combinations of these minerals resulting in the brilliant golden yellow, deep red and rich green colors so characteristic of the Marra Mamba material found only in Western Australia. This sphere, measuring 10 inches in diameter, features some of the most beautiful Tiger's Eye ever seen. The piece features a strong green coloration over about two-thirds of the piece contrasted with an explosive spray of red and gold on the other one-third of the sphere. A chatoyant band of gold runs through the vast green area providing a colorful transition. The chatoyant reflection makes the Tiger's Eye truly come alive. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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TIGER'S EYE BOWL : MARRA MAMBA WITH CHATOYANT STRIPE Mo

Lot 87267: TIGER'S EYE BOWL : MARRA MAMBA WITH CHATOYANT STRIPE Mo

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Description: TIGER'S EYE BOWL : MARRA MAMBA WITH CHATOYANT STRIPE Mount Brockman Station, Pilbara, Western Australia This bowl, made of colorful Tiger's Eye from Western Australia and surely as decorative as any item that could ever be displayed in it, features a deep groove and an artistic asymmetry that adds to its appeal. A brilliant band of chatoyant gold well over two inches wide bisects the bowl into sections with their own distinct characteristics. It weighs over 10 pounds, and many patches of red, gold and greenish brown accentuate this unique piece so representative of the classic Marra Mamba material. It is a sculptural work of art in its own right.10.25 x 8 x 3.75 inches (26.04 x 20.32 x 9.53 cm) and 10.8 pounds (4.9 kilograms). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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SPECTACULAR TIGER'S EYE FREE FORM SLAB WITH REINFORCED

Lot 87268: SPECTACULAR TIGER'S EYE FREE FORM SLAB WITH REINFORCED

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Description: SPECTACULAR TIGER'S EYE FREE FORM SLAB WITH REINFORCED METAL BACKING Mount Brockman Station, Pilbara, Western Australia Found only in Western Australia, the incomparable Marra Mamba Tiger's Eye and Tiger Iron were formed by processes that began, unbelievably, over two and a half billion years ago! Volcanic iron mixed with oxygen to form "banded iron formations" of iron rich and silica rich bands. Geological processes then resulted in the crystallization of layers which caused Riebeckite to be formed. Earth movements caused distortion of layers, and Riebeckite crystals were replaced by silica resulting in the formation of Tiger's Eye with a fine dusting of yellow Goethite outlining the original crystal shape. Continued mineral replacement resulted in the myriad of colors which make Tiger's Eye so treasured with the white Quartz, yellow Goethite, red/black Hematite, blue Riebeckite ("Crocidolite") and various combinations of these minerals resulting in the brilliant golden yellow, deep red and rich green colors so characteristic of the Marra Mamba material. This specimen is truly outstanding on many levels. The shape is quite unique, and the colorful banding is truncated at the bottom and angled at the top making for an amazing vertical presentation of this piece as a wall hanging. The alternating bands of dark green, golden yellow and muted red result in an explosion of color to the visual senses. The piece is reinforced with metal on the back and shows great asymmetry. 29.5 x 14 x 1.75 inches (74.93 x 35.56 x 4.45 cm) [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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Lot 87269: "PETRIFIED BEACH SAND" - 300 MILLION YEARS OLD Hartshor

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Description: "PETRIFIED BEACH SAND" - 300 MILLION YEARS OLD Hartshorne Sandstone, Pennsylvanian Age, Haskell County, Oklahoma Over 300 million years ago, during the Pennsylvanian Period of the Carboniferous, layer upon layer of water-saturated sand built up and exerted tremendous stress and pressure on the layers beneath of an ancient beach. The continual sequence forced water out of the sand leaving behind a unique pattern of rivulet-like texture on this decorative rock commonly referred to as Van Gogh Decorative Stone and from time to time even as "petrified beach sand" in homage to its prehistoric past as a geological anomaly. As a plastic rock deformation, this material is certainly interesting for that reason alone. When fashioned into decorative artwork, Van Gogh stone really comes alive. The sense of motion is truly captured in the rock, and this is clearly illustrated in this fabulous example which features the dynamic pattern over its entirety. Presented in a simple but elegant black frame, the colors of the "sand" really explode against the contrast of the black border. The motion of the piece stands in stark contrast to the stationary aspect of the frame making for an additional effect. This piece is sure to solicit questions and elicit a response anywhere it is hanging. The outer dimensions of the frame measure 32 x 30 inches (81.28 x 76.2 cm), and the plate is a sizable 25.75 x 23.75 inches (65.41 x 60.33 cm). Offered at no reserve. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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Lot 87270: "PETRIFIED BEACH SAND" TWO-TIER ROUND OCCASIONAL TABLE

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Description: "PETRIFIED BEACH SAND" TWO-TIER ROUND OCCASIONAL TABLE Hartshorne Sandstone, Pennsylvanian Age, Haskell County, Oklahoma This incredibly unique table features a steel base that has been plasma cut, hand welded, then powder coated for a smooth and durable finish. However, it is the two slabs of rare "petrified beach sand" that give this piece its cache. Hand cut and sealed to both expose the beauty and provide a durable and stain-resistant surface, the specimens of "petrified beach sand" not only make this a fascinating piece but also give it an appearance that is unique. The patterned rock hails from an ancient inland sea where water was forced out of layers of and leaving behind the rivulet patterns on this rock. This table has a green hue that is even less common in this material, and the stones effectively lock into place on the base for easy assembly and disassembly. The table is 24.75 inches (62.87 cm) high, the top stone is 23 inches (58.42 cm) across and the lower stone is 13 inches (33.02 cm) in diameter. This occasional table will add excitement to any interior décor. Offered at no reserve. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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SPECTACULAR AND COLORFUL TIGER IRON TABLETOP  Ord Range

Lot 87271: SPECTACULAR AND COLORFUL TIGER IRON TABLETOP Ord Range

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Description: SPECTACULAR AND COLORFUL TIGER IRON TABLETOP Ord Ranges, Pilbara, Western Australia This spectacular Tiger Iron tabletop from the remote Ord Ranges near Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is actually a banded iron formation, or "jaspilite," with alternating layers of black and brown Hematite/Magnetite, red Jasper and golden Tiger's Eye. This Tiger's Eye, so prized and sought after, is characterized by a classic chatoyant "cat's eye" effect of optical reflectance usually seen in gemstones, where it was first applied as far back as 1816. This material, from an even more remote location than its ostensibly better known counterpart Tiger's Eye, has the added bonus of function as well as form as it has been made into a tabletop adding a practical component to this special rock which is obviously every bit as beautiful as its Tiger's Eye cousin. This absolutely phenomenal tabletop features a myriad of brilliant colors in an array of undulating waves cascading across the surface in lines of fire red, golden yellow, gun metal silver and muted chocolate brown. The pattern is captivating and gives the overall piece the look of some contemporary work of art rather than natural piece of stone carved into a tabletop. With smooth, rounded edges and corners that add to the elegance of this highly decorative specimen, this Tiger Iron tabletop is going to enhance any environment or décor. It measures a nice 44.5 x 27.25 inches (113.03 x 69.22 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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SUGILITE MOUSE Wessels Mine, Cape Province, South Afric

Lot 87272: SUGILITE MOUSE Wessels Mine, Cape Province, South Afric

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Description: SUGILITE MOUSE Wessels Mine, Cape Province, South Africa This friendly creature may be a mouse but certainly does not appear to behave like one. This irresistible little pet is carved from fine South African Sugilite which exhibits the characteristic blend of rich violet purple and deep black so very representative of this relatively rare mineral. Also known as lavulite, it was first described in 1944 by a Japanese petrologist and has been sought after ever since. This delightful carving measures 3 inches (7.62 cm) tall, 1 inch (2.54 cm) wide and 2 inches (5.08 cm) deep, and has Garnet eyes. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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GEM TEKTITE OCTOPUS CARVING Libyan Desert Glass Sahara

Lot 87273: GEM TEKTITE OCTOPUS CARVING Libyan Desert Glass Sahara

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Description: GEM TEKTITE OCTOPUS CARVING Libyan Desert Glass Sahara Desert, Libya Formed 29 million years ago, Tektites found in the Sahara of Libya, also referred to as Libyan Desert Glass, resulted from a meteorite impact; the heat and force of which sent debris high into the atmosphere. Whence it rained down again to Earth, the superheated sand fused into glass. The greenish-yellow glass is quite rare and only found in a remote area of the desert; it is collectible in its own right, but rarely does the imagination of a craftsman lead him to fashion this raw material into such a fine objet as the one presented here. Taking an uncommonly large and clear specimen, the master lapidarist has carved the form of a malevolent-looking octopus, with superb rugose skin texture and a mass of curling tentacles. With a gorgeous transparency and lovely delicate green/yellow color, this exceptional sculpture measures 2.75 x 2 x 1.75 inches (6.99 x 5.08 x 4.45 cm).

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HOOPOE IN OBSIDIAN ON QUARTZ AND DIOPSIDE BASE Artist:

Lot 87274: HOOPOE IN OBSIDIAN ON QUARTZ AND DIOPSIDE BASE Artist:

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Description: HOOPOE IN OBSIDIAN ON QUARTZ AND DIOPSIDE BASE Artist: Peter Müller Stone Source: Brazil This unique looking bird is a Hoopoe painstakingly carved out of Obsidian and both yellow and white Quartz. Its beak is hewn from illuminating Agate and holds the key to this brilliant sculpture - a worm made of electric green Chrysoprase! Its eyes are a deep bold Garnet and clearly on watch as it enjoys its snack. Mounted on an unusual rock of darkened Quartz populated by grassy green Epidote crystals, the bird definitely knows it is being watched but has no concern as its singular focus on its prey is obvious. The Hoopoe measures 9 inches (22.86 cm) in length and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in width. The overall dimensions for this carving, including its beveled acrylic plinth base, measure 14 inches (35.56 cm) tall, 7.5 inches (19.05 cm) wide and 6.75 inches (17.15 cm) deep. The Hoopoe itself is 9 inches (22.86 cm) from tip to tail, the rock is 8 inches (20.32 cm) high off the base and the acrylic plinth measures 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide, 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) deep and 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) tall. This carving commands a further look from any admirer, and the piece is marked with master artist Peter Müller's own collection number 9626. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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MACAW COUPLE IN AMETHYST ON QUARTZ AND TOURMALINE BASE

Lot 87275: MACAW COUPLE IN AMETHYST ON QUARTZ AND TOURMALINE BASE

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Description: MACAW COUPLE IN AMETHYST ON QUARTZ AND TOURMALINE BASE Artist: Peter Müller Stone Source: Brazil These whimsical Macaws, locked in obvious argumentative conversation, display an almost "humanlike" quality when viewed in their dynamic positioning on tilted mineral base. Both Macaws are carved from a translucent lavender Amethyst and feature golden Agate beaks as well as exotic Rhodolite Garnet eyes. This playful scene features one Macaw with wings spread and turning away from his inquisitive partner, while the other bird is looking up to make its point with wings folded simply trying to avoid confrontation. The beautiful couple sits perched asymmetrically on rock of opaque Quartz studded with multiple crystals of watermelon Tourmaline showing the classic forest green rind with dark cranberry color Rubellite cores. The wonderful sculpture measures 15 inches (38.1 cm) tall, 11.25 inches (28.58 cm) wide and 12 inches (30.48 cm) deep. The Macaw with the open wings has a wingspan measuring 11 inches (27.94 cm) and is 10.5 inches (26.67 cm) long. The bird with folded wings is 10.25 inches (26.03 cm) long. The piece features an acrylic base measuring 6.25 inches (15.88 cm) wide, 7.75 inches (19.69 cm) deep and 2.25 inches (5.72 cm) high. This fabulous carving features master artist Peter Müller's own collection number 9640. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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BLUE MACAW IN LAPIS ON ALBITE, MICA AND TOURMALINE BASE

Lot 87276: BLUE MACAW IN LAPIS ON ALBITE, MICA AND TOURMALINE BASE

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Description: BLUE MACAW IN LAPIS ON ALBITE, MICA AND TOURMALINE BASE Artist: Peter Müller Stone Source: Brazil This large, majestic Macaw sits perched in a truly lifelike position on its exquisite mineral base. Looking as though it is about to call out, this lovely bird features wings fashioned in regal blue Lapis with intricate detailing throughout. Contrasting the striking azure blue of the wings is a sublime buttery yellow Mookaite breastplate which follows down through the inner feathering of the tail. Perched high atop its base and keeping watch over its surroundings, the bird has a rich jet black Obsidian beak and haunting Quartz with Onyx eyes. This impressive carving sits on an equally impressive base of sparkling diamond white Albite interspersed with pieces of blackish Schorl Tourmaline from small fibers to larger classic crystals. The stunning Macaw measures 15.5 inches (39.37 cm) from head to tail and sits on its rock home measuring 13.5 inches (33.02 cm). The overall sculpture measures 18 inches (45.72 cm) from top to bottom with the bird on the rock which is all atop a custom clear acrylic base that is 3 inches (7.62 cm) high, 11.75 inches (29.85 cm) wide and 9 ¾ inches (24.77 cm) deep. The overall piece measures 21 inches (53.34 cm) from top to bottom. This "one-of-a-kind" bird carving is identified by master artist Peter Müller's own collection number 9689. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CUSTOM WOOD BOX WITH INLAY FEATURING GREEN FLUORITE

Lot 87277: CUSTOM WOOD BOX WITH INLAY FEATURING GREEN FLUORITE

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Description: CUSTOM WOOD BOX WITH INLAY FEATURING GREEN FLUORITE This beautiful box crafted from black walnut wood carries serial #539 and features three graduated slices of electric green Fluorite inlaid into the hinged lid. These three mineral specimens are actually translucent when the lid is open and has light behind it. The grain patterns in the wood are varied and striking but all add to the overall attractiveness of the box. The box exterior measures 8.75 x 5.25 x 4.5 inches (22.23 x 13.34 x 11.43 cm). The interior compartment measures 7.25 x 3.75 x 2.5 inches (18.42 x 9.53 x 6.35 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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SPECTACULAR CUSTOM WOOD BOX WITH INLAY OF FINEST QUALIT

Lot 87278: SPECTACULAR CUSTOM WOOD BOX WITH INLAY OF FINEST QUALIT

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Description: SPECTACULAR CUSTOM WOOD BOX WITH INLAY OF FINEST QUALITY TOURMALINE This truly spectacular piece is the crème de la crème of wood boxes. This superlative sized custom box is fashioned from a nice variety of the finest types of wood available including desert ironwood from Arizona, cocobolo from Mexico as well as cherry, spalted sugar maple and maple from Indiana. Marked SN 4674, this box also holds a secret lagniappe - a small inlay of radiant turquoise blue Chrysocolla from Arizona on the inside of the box! Of course, the incomparable feature of this piece is the two book matched pieces of Siberian Tourmaline from Russia inlaid into the lid. Measuring a full 3 inches (7.62 cm) in diameter, these collector-level specimens exhibit the indescribable pink color so often associated with the popular mineral. This box is as exceptional open as it is closed, and there is a patterning on the interior of the compartment that rivals any of the wood visible on the outside. The box is simply exquisite any way it is evaluated. The artisan piece measures an immense 33.75 x 6 x 5.5 inches (85.73 x 15.24 x 13.97 cm) with interior dimensions an equally impressive 31.5 x 4 x 2.75 inches (80.01 x 10.16 x 6.99 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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Lot 87279: "ALPHABET" AGATE COLLECTION Indonesia

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Description: "ALPHABET" AGATE COLLECTION Indonesia Indonesia seems to be a fertile source area for agate cabochons bearing crude letters of the alphabet. Various theories have been offered as to their mode of formation and even whether they are a product of natural processes or simply artifice on the part of the natives. No clear explanation has been offered as to the exact mechanism of their formation, but the mathematics of probability argues against a natural origin. Considered as a human artifact, it is clear that considerable effort has to be expended in order produce such a set. All 26 characters of the English alphabet are represented in various levels of crudity, be it natural or by design and the shapes and sizes are at considerable variance as well. Polish is uniformly good and translucency varies to some degree. All are complete with no signs of wear or damage. One wonders when we'll see an equivalent set in Greek, Cyrillic or heaven help us - Chinese, it would be huge. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE GEMSTONE: SPHALERITE - 15.81 CT Mexico

Lot 87280: RARE GEMSTONE: SPHALERITE - 15.81 CT Mexico

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Description: RARE GEMSTONE: SPHALERITE - 15.81 CT Mexico Were it not for the lack of suitably transparent "rough," Sphalerite might exert its fiery charm on a considerably larger audience than it does. The extremely high refractive index and dispersion produce prismatic internal reflections in all colors of the rainbow, capturing the eye and leaving a persistent impression. The honey color is due to traces of iron in the crystal structure. Hardness and cleavage issues prevent it from being a wearable gem, but as a rare display stone it is superb. It measures 14.6 mm in diameter and weighs 15.81 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE GEMSTONE: PINK TANZANITE - 1.5 CT Tanzania

Lot 87281: RARE GEMSTONE: PINK TANZANITE - 1.5 CT Tanzania

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Description: RARE GEMSTONE: PINK TANZANITE - 1.5 CT Tanzania As alluded to in Lot 87282 (another rare Tanzanite) Tanzanite doesn't have to be some variant on blue or purple, it can also appear in other colors such as this rare pink form. Recently, a very small find was made of pink Tanzanite, and this pear style stone came from that discovery. It is eye clean with a light fuchsia tint guaranteed to give rise to comments that such things are impossible: They aren't. This very rare gemstone measures 7.7 x 7.2 mm and weighs 1.51 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE GEMSTONE: BI-COLOR TANZANITE - 3.11 CT Tanzania

Lot 87282: RARE GEMSTONE: BI-COLOR TANZANITE - 3.11 CT Tanzania

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Description: RARE GEMSTONE: BI-COLOR TANZANITE - 3.11 CT Tanzania Although the blue-purple form of Tanzanite is the one that comes to mind when discussions of this gem material come up, there are other hues that occasionally show up on the market. Rarely, a cut stone will show zoning and with astute, expert cutting a bi-color gemstone can result. This emerald cut stone shows just such a zonation, transitioning from a sapphire blue at one end to a light green hue towards the other. This bright stone is eye clean with good proportions. Measurements are 9.0 x 7.8 mm and it weighs 3.11 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FINE LARGE GEMSTONE: TANZANITE - 21.41 CT Tanzania

Lot 87283: FINE LARGE GEMSTONE: TANZANITE - 21.41 CT Tanzania

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Description: FINE LARGE GEMSTONE: TANZANITE - 21.41 CT Tanzania Completing our suite of Tanzanites is this fantasy cut stone in the traditional, and still most recognized, hue: Sapphire blue with deep purple highlights. This eye clean gem would be perfect for an impressive ring or a pendant - and it has the perfect color balance for which the finest Tanzanites are known. It measures a sizable 17.7 x 15 mm and weighs 21.41 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE FINE GEMSTONE: PARAIBA TOURMALINE - 2.62 CT Paraib

Lot 87284: RARE FINE GEMSTONE: PARAIBA TOURMALINE - 2.62 CT Paraib

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Description: RARE FINE GEMSTONE: PARAIBA TOURMALINE - 2.62 CT Paraiba or Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil - No indication of heat treatment - Paraiba Tourmalines are named after the Brazilian locality where they were first discovered in 1989. It's electrifying color soon propelled it to the position of finest Tourmalines - ever. The color is almost impossible to describe and photograph - this magical gemstone has to be seen in person in order to get the real impact of the color. This fine Paraiba Tourmaline is accompanied by a GRS cert that states unequivocally that there is no indication of heat-treatment and that it did indeed come from Brazil. This Paraiba Tourmaline has all of the important aspects going for it: a.) Top Color: a vivid neon teal blue with depth and saturation of color, b.) Size: at 2.62 carats this is a sizable Paraiba, c.) Certification: GRS is a well respected Swiss gem lab who does top level gem analysis. In excellent condition. Measurements are 9.27 x 7.38 x 5.55 mm, and it weighs 2.62 carats. Provenance: Gem Research Certificate GRS 2010-100373T [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE GEMSTONE: DIOPSIDE - 4.34 CT Tanzania

Lot 87285: RARE GEMSTONE: DIOPSIDE - 4.34 CT Tanzania

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Description: RARE GEMSTONE: DIOPSIDE - 4.34 CT Tanzania Only recently have the other minerals found with Tanzanite started to claim their own place in the gem world. Diopside is one gemstone that has gone from obscurity to a rising awareness among the cognoscenti within the last few years. Material from Tanzania is typically quite clean with a beguiling leaf green tint as seen in this oval style gem. Measurements are 16.7 x 8.5 mm and it weighs 4.34 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE GEMSTONE: DEMANTOID GARNET - 4.21 CT Russia

Lot 87286: RARE GEMSTONE: DEMANTOID GARNET - 4.21 CT Russia

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Description: RARE GEMSTONE: DEMANTOID GARNET - 4.21 CT Russia There's something about the Russian version of this exotic Garnet that sets it apart from all other localities. The Russian material contains enough Chromium in its structure to give it a clean green with no hints of the blue or brown tones common to other source material. The Diamond like optical properties are the origin of the name: Demantoid = "Diamond-like" in Greek. As is typical for Russian material there are "horse-tail" type inclusions, but not enough to dim the fiery reflections from within this round brilliant style stone. Overall measurements are 9.6 mm in diameter and it weighs 4.21 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FINE GEMSTONE: SPINEL - 6.47 CT Tanzania

Lot 87287: FINE GEMSTONE: SPINEL - 6.47 CT Tanzania

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Description: FINE GEMSTONE: SPINEL - 6.47 CT Tanzania Savvy gem collectors know that Spinel, a close cousin to Sapphire, can offer the same "look" and durability as Sapphire but at a better price, due to its lower market recognition. That situation is changing as the public's demand for new and different gem materials continues to grow. This scintillating gem has the appearance of a fine pink Sapphire with all the brilliance and sparkle anyone could want. It is cut in a fancy style with gently curved edges, emphasizing its unique panache. This well cut stone is eye clean. It measures 12.0 x 8.5 mm and weighs 6.47 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE GEMSTONE: POWELLITE - 12.84 CT India

Lot 87288: RARE GEMSTONE: POWELLITE - 12.84 CT India

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Description: RARE GEMSTONE: POWELLITE - 12.84 CT India Only India has provided specimens of Powellite: Calcium Molybdate, in crystals clean and large enough to fashion "normal" sized gemstones. This one country produces the largest crystals of this rare mineral by far, than any other place on Earth. A pale yellow tint is typical of these crystals and this oval brilliant cut stone shows just a faint touch of gold coloration. A well cut example of this rare collector gemstone, it is eye clean. It measures 16.5 x 11.9 mm and it weighs a hefty 12.84 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FINE GEMSTONE: MORGANITE - 48.31 CT

Lot 87289: FINE GEMSTONE: MORGANITE - 48.31 CT

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Description: FINE GEMSTONE: MORGANITE - 48.31 CT It is quite unusual for a mineral or a gem variety to be named for an individual not directly involved in geological research or exploration, but J. Pierpont Morgan, financial wizard of Wall Street is one of the few that received that honor. Quite likely, the donation of his extensive mineral and gem collection to the American Museum of Natural History had something to do with this. In any event, he is fortunate in the choice of the pink to peach colored variety of Beryl as his namesake. This light pink, pear shape is quite large at 33.1 x 19.5 mm and it weighs in at 48.31 carats. [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FINE GEMSTONE - AQUAMARINE - 20.63 CT - No origin docum

Lot 87290: FINE GEMSTONE - AQUAMARINE - 20.63 CT - No origin docum

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Description: FINE GEMSTONE - AQUAMARINE - 20.63 CT - No origin documented - Fine Aquamarine is vastly more limited in supply than its lookalike cousin: Topaz. Larger sized stones showing darker color are quite rare and desirable. This lively, well-cut stone is almost square in dimensions and is exceptionally transparent. It measures 15.0 x 14.5 mm and weighs 20.63 carats. Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Property of a Texas Museum [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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RARE GEMSTONE: SPODUMENE var. KUNZITE - 68.56 CT - No o

Lot 87291: RARE GEMSTONE: SPODUMENE var. KUNZITE - 68.56 CT - No o

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Description: RARE GEMSTONE: SPODUMENE var. KUNZITE - 68.56 CT - No origin documented - Kunzite, the pink to lilac colored variety of transparent Spodumene, was named in honor of the house gemologist for Tiffany & Co. - George Kunz. It is often found in pegmatite formations hosting other gem materials, such as Tourmaline. This rather large, light lilac, oval cut stone measures a whopping 28.8 x 19.7 mm. Eye clean and at 68.56 carats in weight, it is too big for a ring stone, but would make a fine pendant. Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Property of a Texas Museum [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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FINE GEMSTONE: IMPERIAL TOPAZ - 9.8 CT Brazil

Lot 87292: FINE GEMSTONE: IMPERIAL TOPAZ - 9.8 CT Brazil

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Description: FINE GEMSTONE: IMPERIAL TOPAZ - 9.8 CT Brazil "Imperial" Topaz is a term denoting a sub-variety of Topaz displaying a body color ranging from a light gold to a warm Sherry tint with orange highlights and rarely - pink. It is chiefly the product of a fairly small area in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais near Ouro Preto. This elongate pear cut stone shows the classic "sherry" coloration and limpid transparency. It is eye-clean. It measures 22.0 x 9.5 mm and weighs 9.80 carats.Offered at no reserve. Provenance: Property of a Texas Museum [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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PYRITE/MARCASITE ZOOMORPHIC FORM Ross County, Ohio

Lot 87293: PYRITE/MARCASITE ZOOMORPHIC FORM Ross County, Ohio

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Description: PYRITE/MARCASITE ZOOMORPHIC FORM Ross County, Ohio The desire of humans to reduce the Universe to comprehensible dimensions often results in a similar drive to reduce forms to comprehensible ones, as anyone who has taken a commercial cave tour can attest. Dragons, elephants and other wildlife are consistent denizens of many a cave or rock formation. This drive doesn't stop with immovable objects and shadowy lighting, any rock outcrop and more than a few mineral specimens are saddled with descriptions likening them to animals, dead or imaginary. In keeping with this hallowed tradition is this concretion composed of Iron Sulfide, which can either take the form of Pyrite or its sister mineral: Marcasite. Only complex analysis can tell which is which. The shape of the concretion is supposed to be the result of the concretion taking on the shape of a "worm burrow" excavated by ---- worms in the muddy bottom of a quiet lagoon. It could just as easily be a strange aggregate of Pyrite/Marcasite crystals that happened to take an odd shape. Whatever its origin, it remains a group of Pyrite or Marcasite crystals forming a complete and somewhat sinuous form with a brassy exterior of tooth-like crystal terminations, sprouting from all surfaces. There is no damage to this curious form and the buyer can decide for his or herself just what it really looks like. Measurements are11 x 8 x 4.5 inches (28 x 20 x 11.5 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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PYRITE ON MATRIX Navajún, La Rioja, Spain

Lot 87294: PYRITE ON MATRIX Navajún, La Rioja, Spain

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Description: PYRITE ON MATRIX Navajún, La Rioja, Spain Is there any collector of Pyrite from Navajún has not heard the comment: "You mean it GROWS that way?" The simple perfection of the cubic forms coupled with the brilliant, brassy luster conjures up visions of machines carving these forms from raw metal. A close look at the mirror bright faces of the crystals exposes faint but distinct features on all of them: a sure sign of crystal growth. The host matrix is a distinctive one as well, being fine grained and tan in color. Here that matrix hosts approximately 15 metallic appearing cubes with razor sharp edges sprouting singly and in groups. The largest cube measures just under an inch at 24.6 mm across, with several other almost as large. The condition of the Pyrite is pristine and the overall measurements are 6.5 x 5 .25 inches (17 x 13.5 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CRYSTALLINE GOLD

Lot 87295: CRYSTALLINE GOLD "CASTS" Mockingbird Mine, Mariposa Cou

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Description: CRYSTALLINE GOLD "CASTS" Mockingbird Mine, Mariposa County, California The form of any given Gold specimen can be the result of a number of factors. One of those factors can be what the gold crystallizes around. If the intermingled material has a regular shape then the Gold will mold itself to the shape of that other material. In some cases, this other material could be Quartz, but not just shapeless, fragmentary Quartz but rather Quartz in crystals, as is the case here. Close examination uncovers planar areas of Gold that meet along lines that represent the edges of Quartz crystals now vanished due to corrosion by alkaline solutions. The Quartz is gone, but its hexagonal shape lives on, faithfully reproduced in golden "casts" - ghost crystals now visible only through their traces. This shining testament to change and transience is almost completely composed of high karat Gold with an occasional grain of what little remaining Quartz may still be left. It weighs 39.5 grams (1.269 ounces troy) and measures 1.88 x 1.38 inches (4.7 x 3.47 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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GOLD CRYSTAL with QUARTZ Marble Bar, Pilbara Region, We

Lot 87296: GOLD CRYSTAL with QUARTZ Marble Bar, Pilbara Region, We

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Description: GOLD CRYSTAL with QUARTZ Marble Bar, Pilbara Region, Western Australia As Gold specimens go, this one is quite interesting due to the evidence of its bi-modal origin. Part of the specimen shows distinct crystalline form, which can only result from sufficient free space for the developing Gold crystal to grow into or within. Other areas of the piece include rounded pebbles of Quartz that forced some of the Gold to form around them, a situation more typical of how most nuggets start. One edge of a "hoppered" crystal measures .63 of an inch (1.59 cm): quite sizable for a Gold crystal. The specimen shows the deep, rich color normal for Aussie Gold and the included Quartz is a light, mottled rust color that complements the Gold well. It weighs 37.5 grams (1.205 ounces troy) and measures 1.25 x 1 inch (3.17 x 2.46 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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CRYSTALLINE GOLD 16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany District, Neva

Lot 87297: CRYSTALLINE GOLD 16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany District, Neva

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Description: CRYSTALLINE GOLD 16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany District, Nevada County, California Some of the most aesthetic of Gold specimens combine the pure white of intermingled Quartz with the rich butter yellow color of the Gold. In addition to the color differential there is also a textural one, with the white Quartz having an almost matte finish that seems to eat reflections, while the Gold is all about shining reflections in that most attractive of colors. Originally, totally encased in the white Quartz, the Gold was revealed by skillful hand removal of the Quartz using fine mechanical tools. The astute observer will note the presence of a single place on the piece, where the miners pick first revealed the treasure hidden within. It weighs 288.4 grams (9.269 ounces troy) and measures 2.88 x 2.31 inches (7.21 x 5.84 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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GOLD NUGGET Inkerman, Victoria, Australia

Lot 87298: GOLD NUGGET Inkerman, Victoria, Australia

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Description: GOLD NUGGET Inkerman, Victoria, Australia The swirling form of this nugget is testimony to the ability of moving water and stream cobbles to hammer this malleable metal into the rounded shapes exhibited by this golden mass from Inkerman, near the famous Bendigo Gold Fields. Minute bits of the original Quartz are enfolded by Gold, as if they were set by a jeweler. The satin luster of the Gold indicates that the sand that moved downstream with the nugget was fairly coarse-grained and angular. This high-karat piece weighs 65.7 grams (2.112 ounces troy) and measures 1.94 x 1.25 inches (4.92 x 3.2 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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GOLD MASS/NUGGET Central Victoria, Australia

Lot 87299: GOLD MASS/NUGGET Central Victoria, Australia

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Description: GOLD MASS/NUGGET Central Victoria, Australia Like the Wedderburn Gold, this mass of rich, high-Karat gold has traveled little or not at all, from its starting point, as evidenced by fins and protrusions that have suffered no wear from streams and flash floods. There is no longer any trace of the host matrix, not unusual for matrices that are soluble in ground water. Still present however are the shapes of those, now vanished cobbles and bits, for their forms are faithfully present in every hollow and crevice of the piece. It weighs 165.5 grams (5.32 Ounces Troy) and measures 2.25 x 2.25 inches (5.7 x 5.65 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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LARGE GOLD NUGGET with QUARTZ and LIMONITE Wedderburn,

Lot 87300: LARGE GOLD NUGGET with QUARTZ and LIMONITE Wedderburn,

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Description: LARGE GOLD NUGGET with QUARTZ and LIMONITE Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia Although the external form is largely that of a "nugget", it is clear that this hefty mass of Gold has never traveled any great distance from where it first formed: the surface detail is too complex, with very little of the stream wear and rounding typical of Gold that has been transported long distances. There are numerous exposures of white Quartz granules and even some Limonite - the alteration product of Pyrite co-deposited with the Gold. The color is the buttery type so characteristic of Australian Golds. It weighs in at a sizable 336.3 grams or 10.812 Ounces Troy and measures 3.63 x 2.38 inches (9.2 x 6.0 cm). [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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