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Natural History, Fossils & Minerals - General

Whether it’s the brilliant sparkle of an amethyst geode or the rocky protrusions of a fossilized reptile, the artifacts of natural history are compelling for their role in the historical record and their wonder. Such objects serve as a constant reminder of the amazing feats the planet has prepared over the centuries, and collecting such pieces is part of a tradition that dates back several centuries.

Though human awareness of natural history was burgeoning in the ancient world, the study and focused discovery of these objects gained popularity only as recently as 17th and 18th centuries. This rising interest grew during the age of the Enlightenment when scholars and scientists sought a greater rigor in their experimentation, excavation, and documentation. The result was not only the emergence of new scientific fields, such as paleontology and mineralogy, but also a more global appreciation for the collecting and chronicling of prehistoric and geological artifacts.

Alongside professionals, amateur natural history enthusiasts formed their own personal showcases of their interest and understanding of Earth's history and hugely varied wonders. From the luster of butterfly wings to the seemingly- miraculous occurrence of meteorites falling from the sky, these artifacts proved crucial for both education and enjoyment, and they continue to do so today.

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Coral, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Coral, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$450 Bids
Coral, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Coral, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Sea Fan, Coral, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Sea Fan, Coral, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
Sponge, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Sponge, Ocean, Beach, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
Egyptian Lapis Luzuli Scarab and Fossil, Geode and Crystal Assortment
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Egyptian Lapis Luzuli Scarab and Fossil, Geode and Crystal Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Large Piece of Brain Coral
May 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Piece of Brain Coral
by Boston Harbor Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
SUNSTONE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Apr 16, 4:00 PM CDT
SUNSTONE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
6" x 6" Male Jewel Beetle in Wooden Box Frame -
Apr 15, 9:00 PM EDT
6" x 6" Male Jewel Beetle in Wooden Box Frame -
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$750 Bids
6" x 6" Male Banded Jewel Beetle in Wooden Box Frame - Chrysochroa Buqueti Rugicollis
Apr 15, 9:00 PM EDT
6" x 6" Male Banded Jewel Beetle in Wooden Box Frame - Chrysochroa Buqueti Rugicollis
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$850 Bids
SUNSET MOTH DISPLAY
Apr 18, 3:00 PM CDT
SUNSET MOTH DISPLAY
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Two coral branches mounted on a wooden base
Apr 18, 2:00 PM CEST
Two coral branches mounted on a wooden base
by Bolli & Romiti s.r.l
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Four Societe Botanique de Paris Mounted Specimens
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Four Societe Botanique de Paris Mounted Specimens
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
Coral branch
Apr 18, 2:00 PM CEST
Coral branch
by Bolli & Romiti s.r.l
Est: €400- €700
€4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Natural History, Fossils & Minerals - General


Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Bolli & Romiti s.r.l

Bolli & Romiti s.r.l

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures