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Natural History Collectibles, Fossils & Minerals

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 collectibles 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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SCRIMSHAWED WHALE'S TOOTH.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
SCRIMSHAWED WHALE'S TOOTH.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2,80010 Bids
Great replica of scrimshaw whale’s tooth
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Great replica of scrimshaw whale’s tooth
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$5258 Bids
Seashells, Abalone Shells
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Seashells, Abalone Shells
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$357 Bids
(300) Grams Of Raw Peridot
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
(300) Grams Of Raw Peridot
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
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11PC LARGE TURQUOISE NUGGET SPECIMENS
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
11PC LARGE TURQUOISE NUGGET SPECIMENS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$506 Bids
(50+) Assorted Mineral & Crystal Gemstones
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
(50+) Assorted Mineral & Crystal Gemstones
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
LARGE MEGALODON SHARK TOOTH
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
LARGE MEGALODON SHARK TOOTH
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1006 Bids
GOLD NUGGET [160098]
Dec 03, 10:00 AM PST
GOLD NUGGET [160098]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $900- $1,500
$8005 Bids
PAIR OF LARGE BEAR CLAWS 2"
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR OF LARGE BEAR CLAWS 2"
by Imperial Auction
Est: $100- $200
$605 Bids
Large Megalodon Giant Shark's Fossil Tooth
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Large Megalodon Giant Shark's Fossil Tooth
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£405 Bids
Porphyritic Basalt Cut Slice Group
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Porphyritic Basalt Cut Slice Group
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £30- £40
£405 Bids
Cut and Polished Agate Coaster Set
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Cut and Polished Agate Coaster Set
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £20- £30
£305 Bids
Mosasaur Fossil Jaw Section
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Mosasaur Fossil Jaw Section
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £70- £90
£455 Bids
Botryoidal Haematite Display Piece
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Botryoidal Haematite Display Piece
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £50- £70
£505 Bids
CHRYSOPRASE SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CHRYSOPRASE SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$74 Bids
SCRIMSHAW WHALE HUNT WHALES TOOTH
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
SCRIMSHAW WHALE HUNT WHALES TOOTH
by White's Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$2754 Bids
CRINOID SCYPHOCRINUS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CRINOID SCYPHOCRINUS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$104 Bids
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241 GRAMS LOT OF SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE CHUNKS
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
241 GRAMS LOT OF SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE CHUNKS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
Fossil Pine Cone
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Fossil Pine Cone
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £40- £60
£254 Bids
5 INCH MEGALODON SHARK TOOTH 90% SERRATIONS
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
5 INCH MEGALODON SHARK TOOTH 90% SERRATIONS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $300- $400
$1404 Bids
CHRYSOPRASE SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CHRYSOPRASE SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$73 Bids
Polished Fossil Orthoceras Bookends
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Polished Fossil Orthoceras Bookends
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £30- £40
£53 Bids
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144.3 GRAMS BULK LOT OF TURQUOISE STONE
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
144.3 GRAMS BULK LOT OF TURQUOISE STONE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Giant Megalodon Shark Tooth Fossil
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Giant Megalodon Shark Tooth Fossil
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Natural History Collectibles, Fossils & Minerals


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

TimeLine Auctions

TimeLine Auctions

Bonhams

Bonhams

Curated Auctions

Curated Auctions