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nATurAL HiSTory AucTion

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Heritage Signature Auction #6071

Natural History
June 12, 2011 | Dallas
LIVE AUCTION Signature Floor Sessions 1-2
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Natural History Auction

June 12, 2011 | Dallas

Session 1
Price $50

The first session of this unique auction, the largest of

its kind ever, will include a comprehensive Collection of Museum quality Minerals Meteorites Fossils and Dinosauria. Featuring Four Virtually complete and mounted Dinosaurs: Allosaurus; Stegosaurus; Triceratops and Maiasaurus (Duck-billed Dinosaur). Also featured is a rare mounted Giant Ground Sloth; The largest prehistoric Megaladon shark jaws ever assembled; the largest T-Rex tooth with complete root ever offered to the public; Pieces of the Moon and the Planet Mars!



Natural Histor y Auc tion #6061 | Session One | June 12, 2011 | Dallas

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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.

Table of Contents
Zoology ...................................................................... 49101 49117 Minerals ...................................................................... 49118 49176 Gems .......................................................................... 49177 49190 Lapidary Art ............................................................... 49191 49204 Archeological Artifacts ............................................................. 49205 Meteorites .................................................................. 49206 49227 Casts ........................................................................... 49228 49230

Amber ........................................................................ 49231 49239 Paleobotany ............................................................... 49240 49249 Mammals .................................................................... 49250 49253 Reptiles....................................................................... 49254 49255 Cepholopoda ............................................................. 49256 49260 Fish ............................................................................. 49261 49272 Echinoderms............................................................... 49273 49274 Dinosauria .................................................................. 49275 49276

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
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49101 MOUNTAIN LION FULL-BODY MOUNT Puma concolor The 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 is considered a varmint in Texas and most other states, but protected in California and Florida. This is a fine-looking example; presented prowling on a simulated rocky 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

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49102 RED LECHWE SHOULDER MOUNT Kobus leche leche There are four subspecies of Lechwe, of which the Red, or Zambezi Lechwe is the most populous, found across south-eastern Africa. They live mostly in marshy areas where they feed on aquatic plants, but the water also serves as a defense against predators; in fact, their legs are covered with a water-repelling substance which enables them to run swiftly through the swamps. This fine example stands 21 inches from the wall to the tip of the nose, and measures 46 inches high. Estimate: $900-$1,200

49103 SABLE ANTELOPE SHOULDER MOUNT 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-$1,800

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49104 GEMSBUCK SHOULDER MOUNT Oryx gazella The Gemsbuck is the largest member of the oryx family, with a mottled face that embodies the archetypal African look. These animals can go days without water and can be extremely dangerous when attacked or wounded. Many a lion has been found dead with a wounded gemsbuck nearby they are deadly accurate with their horns. Those of the present example measure 36 x 32 inches, and with his head quizzically turned, he stands 48 inches high and 27 inches from the wall. Estimate: $900-$1,200

49105 WHITE-TAIL DEER SHOULDER MOUNT Odocoileus virginianus The White-Tail deer, known also as the virginia deer or 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

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49106 CARIBOU SHOULDER MOUNT Rangifer tarandus caribou The largest-bodied Reindeer, these animals can weigh up to 600 pounds and are distinguished by their large characterful racks. This one boasts a lovely woody patination and is narrow but rather high. Known as the Caribou only in north America, some populations migrate the furthest of any terrestrial mammal, traveling over 3000 miles a year. This handsome specimen stands 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 worlds greatest jumper, elegant and graceful, and able to leap over 30 feet in a single bound. These animals are a sportsmans 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 23 inches from the wall (horns loose). Estimate: $1,200-$1,500

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49108 RED CAPE HARTEBEEST SHOULDER MOUNT Alcelaphus caama The Red Cape Hartebeest is a one of the larger Hartebeest, with a long face and a high frontal pedicel. They weigh 300-350 pounds and are the fastest animal in the world for any distance over 100 yards. They originate in the Republic of south Africa and were recently reclassified from a subspecies of Hartebeest (A.buselaphus) to their very own species. This is a fine example; 43 inches high and standing 27 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 Thompsons 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

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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 aethiopicus The Warthog will never win an animal kingdom beauty contest, but they make wonderful Big Game. They are a gregarious animal, living in bands of 4 to 6, and both males and females have warts and tusks which they use for rooting up the ground and for defense. With his vicious, curving tusks, this fine 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 Americas 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 18 inches from the wall, with a brass plaque detailing that it was taken in Cochrane, ontario in May 1966. Estimate: $1,400-$1,800


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49113 FRAMED BUTTERFLY COLLECTION Various species Peru This 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 of colors and patterns is staggering, with each specimen expertly presented and mounted between glass to allow examination of both upper and under surfaces of the wings. The specimens range in size from 1 to 6 inches across; framed in peruvian mahogany, 25 x 35 inches overall. Estimate: $1,600-$2,000

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49114 GIANT CLAM SHELL Tridacna gigas Australia The giant clam is native to the warm seas of the Indo-pacific region and known traditionally to the pacific Islanders as paua. pa-ua is the name of the second of the children of puna, King of the Underworld in polynesian and Hawaiian myth. The paua can grow up to 4 feet across, weighing over 440lb, and they enjoy 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 brightly colored 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 opens up to allow the algae to receive the sunlight they require for photosynthesis. of an elegant, undulating form, the exterior of this present example displays an evocative 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 and each 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 4 x 3 x 3 inches is very sharp and excellently preserved; a uniquely large example from a monstrous predator. Estimate: $900-$1,200


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49116 LARGE SPERM WHALE TOOTH Physeter macrocephalus South Pacific The sperm Whale is a fascinating creature; holding the records both for being the largest toothed animal and for having the largest brain of any animal. Reaching lengths of over 65 feet and able to dive up to 9800 feet to the depths of the ocean, it feeds on many different prey, including the Giant squid, using its massive jaws lined with these large sharp teeth. Hunting of sperm Whales began in the early 1700s and ended (officially) in the 1980s. 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 as souvenirs or used for the decorative marine carvings known as scrimshaw. This impressive specimen was from the collection of Captain John s. dorman (1819-1902); Master of the 301-ton whaling ship Balaena out of new Bedford, Massachusetts. The tooth is believed to have been collected during Captain dormans second voyage, between october 5th, 1858 and July 26th, 1863, while whaling between the Galapagos Islands and the coast of Chile. It is in pristine condition with a fine tip and good hollow root cavity, and measures 6 inches along the outside curve. The specimen comes with provenance documentation and a display describing the life of Captain dorman and the origin of the tooth. This Lot is accompanied by complete documentation allowing it to be sold within the United States; it is important to note however that it cannot be exported outside of the United States. Estimate: $900-$1,200

49117 NARWHAL TUSK Monodon monoceras The narwhal is one of the most unusual looking creatures to grace our planet. A native of the Arctic ocean, its Latin name means one tooth one horn for the remarkable dentary growth of its left upper jaw a long, helical tusk that inspired its nickname Unicorn of the seas. It was once thought that this distinctive feature was a tool for 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 female tusk have been recorded. Recent research suggests, however, that unlike the protruding horn-like teeth and tusks found in other mammals, that of the narwhal may in fact be a sensory organ; electron microphotography reveals millions of tiny tubules leading from the surface of the horn and apparently connecting to the nervous system. such tubules are found in many species, but do not typically extend to the outer surface of healthy teeth. The narwhals horn has long been the subject of wonder and highly prized: in 16th century england Queen elizabeth I paid an astounding 10,000 British pounds for one carved and bejeweled example, for which money at the time she could equally have bought herself another castle. elsewhere, two crossed narwhal teeth adorn the entrance to the Korninkaku palace in Japan, and multiple examples comprise the frame of the danish 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, but still exhibiting the left-handed spiral groove and a well-defined helical twist throughout its length, presented upright on an octagonal wooden base. Comes complete with documentation allowing it to be sold within the United States. However, it is important to note that this lot cannot be exported outside of the United States and therefore we cannot accept bids from buyers outside of the U.S. Estimate: $6,500-$7,500

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49118 FINE AMETHYST GEODE Uruguay Amethyst is one of the most recognizable and collectible of all semi-precious minerals, and is found in greatest abundance in Brazil. The specimens from Uruguay, however, tend to be of a superior quality, characterized by a lovely deep inky purple coloring, as displayed here in this fine specimen, relatively large 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 center that 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, it measures approximately 38 x 30 inches and is presented upright on a mahogany base. Estimate: $4,500-$5,500


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49119 FLUORESCENT WILLEMITE AND CALCITE Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey Willemite with calcite is undoubtedly the most famous and most collected bi-colored fluorescent mineral combination in the world and this stunningly veined and spotted specimen is perfectly illustrative of that reputation. It hails from the famed Franklin mining district of new Jersey, the only place in the world where willemite, as well as the associated non-fluorescents black franklinite and red zincite, constitutes a major portion of the ore. Attractive enough under normal lighting conditions, the willemite bursts into brilliant life under short-wave ultraviolet light: fluorescing a brilliant green color, with the major gangue (non-ore) mineral calcite burning with a brilliant red-orange. This superb 6 x 5 x 2-inch specimen was purchased for the Hugh Ronemus collection from the Al Jehle collection, a notable Franklin fluorescent collector and doctor from the philadelphia area, and retains the Jehle label on the cut and matt polished back; the label indicates that the specimen was likely purchased by Jehle during the 1980s or 1990s, his major collecting years, from Mike Massey, a renowned Franklin mineral dealer. The smoothed back also indicates that this specimen was used for photographic phosphorescence tests at some point in its history, and indeed the veins of secondary willemite, as opposed to the speckled primary willemite, does phosphoresce with a very bright 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 Jersey since the Hauck brothers et al acquired and reopened the former new Jersey Company property at sterling Hill circa 1990, the site has yielded some of the best multi-colored fluorescent material ever produced in the Franklin area. While the present specimen displays only 3 fluorescent colors, other pieces boast up to 7 or more colors, depending on how one counts them. But under shortwave ultraviolet rays, this specimen shows electric blue hydrozincite, brilliant green willemite and brilliant red-orange calcite, each of the brightest hue and intensity as are to be found in any of these specimens. The wonderful pattern of willemite speckles and cloudlike wisps of hydrozincite leap from a nearly solid calcite ground; perfectly offset by speckles of non-fluorescent black franklinite and red zincite to add the perfect amount of punctuation and interest to the fluorescent pattern. Collected by the tireless Claude poli and received in trade from him for the Hugh Ronemus collection, this is a fine specimen of a modernday classic, 3 x 3 x 2 inches. Provenance: Ex Claude Poli, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $100-$150

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49121 WILLEMITE AND CALCITE PATTERNS FROM TWO LOCALITIES Miller Canyon, Arizona and Franklin, New Jersey This lot contains three well-matched and highly desirable specimens of the aesthetic combination of fluorescent red-orange calcite and green willemite from the 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 as the 3 x 2 x 2 inch wedge-shaped example here becomes extremely desirable due to the rare pattern of relatively evenly spaced bands of the two minerals in about -inch straight and parallel formation; making for a very visually striking piece. While fluorescent willemite and calcite are a duo found in other localities in the world including quite a few in Arizona, the willemite found at most of the other localities more commonly fluoresces in colors ranging from buttery 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 Huachuca Mountains 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 Canyon in this lot is a 5 x 3 x 1-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 1-inch somewhat arrowhead-shaped specimen also from Miller canyon and shows large mottled/veined areas of mostly green-fluorescent willemite across about three-quarters of the piece, the other quarter being mostly red-orange fluorescent calcite. It is a specimen atypically rich in willemite for any non-Franklin area piece and also highly desirable in that it too is dappled with deep-blue fluorescing hydrozincite. Two of the most energetic field collectors active in Arizona in recent decades have said that Miller is in such inaccessible terrain that, what with the exertion of hauling in ultraviolet lamps and regular handtools such as hammers and chisels for collecting, little room and energy is left for bringing out specimens. The surface is quite picked over and transporting even shovels, heavy rakes or sledge hammers to collect below the surface is too arduous to be worth any prospectors while. Thus the likelihood of more large 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 one of these collectors, Charles Grogan, and received from him by Hugh Ronemus for his collection. The Franklin piece was received in trade from the dealers stock of eminent Franklin/foreign fluorescent collector/dealer Claude poli. Provenance: Ex Charles Grogan, Claude Poli, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $700-$1,000


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49122 HARDYSTONITE CRYSTALS IN A THREE-COLOR FLUORESCENT FRANKLIN CLASSIC Franklin Mine, Franklin Borough, Sussex Co, New Jersey purple-fluorescing hardystonite might be called the Rodney dangerfield of Franklin minerals, in that it has seldom garnered the respect it truly deserves. named for the adjoining Hardyston Township, this is the only place on earth where the mineral is to be found; it has not even been located elsewhere in the greater Franklin area. Hardystonite was chosen by many eminent scientists and top collectors as the mineral most likely to drop off of the Franklin area unique list, but whilst several other of the areas minerals have been now discovered elsewhere, hardystonite remains steadfast. While much more common fluorescent species enjoy high esteem among Franklin fluorescent aficionados when found in their rarest forms and associations in this area (Wollastonite being a prime example), still the reputation of hardystonite in its rarer forms and associations has lagged behind. Finally, from the mid-1990s onwards, when the fluorescent mineral market was rapidly expanding, hardystonite specimens in their best multi-colored and vibrant associations started rising in value and esteem, first world-wide and then, as a consequence in the Franklin area, when the locals noticed how scarce true first-class specimens were becoming in the area due to the keen world-wide demand; in the past 5 or 10 years, even average to fair specimens have been sky-rocketing in value. The present example, however, is considerably above average: hardystonite crystals have been found in two exceptionally rare occurrences, possibly closely related, and this piece represents the more aesthetic fluorescent type, in red-orange fluorescent calcite, with lesser amounts of green-fluorescing willemite. The hardystonite shows a slightly rounded crystal form as is usual even in the best specimens, but it also displays strong parting planes and weak cleavages in relation to the crystal form, another rare occurrence. All these minerals fluoresce best in shortwave ultraviolet rays as do the occasional associated minerals clinohedrite (yellow-orange) and esperite (greenish-yellow), but of these two, only clinohedrite is present here in a small trace. The non-fluorescent associates include black franklinite and the unusual brown tephroite which is even more exceptional and desirable on this piece because it shows a fluorescent pattern of willemite; exsolved along the cleavage and parting planes as an attractive network of fine lines. Also uncommon is the fact that this incredible 3 x 3 x 1-inch specimen has both major faces displaying well-shaped crystals in beautiful fluorescent harmony with their associates. Provenance: Ex Ray Vajdik, Hugh Ronemus Collections Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

49123 A FRANKLIN CLASSIC FINE ESPERITE WITH WILLEMITE Franklin, Sussex Co, New Jersey esperite is one formerly unique Franklin mineral that has always been coveted by collectors of fluorescents due to its shockingly brilliant yellowishgreen response under shortwave ultraviolet. It has been found elsewhere in minor traces in a Bolivian tin mine, for example, but Franklin is likely the only locality deposit in any quantity. Though somewhat scarcer than Hardystonite, most collectors can hope to eventually obtain at least a small piece; but fine cabinet-sized and larger specimens are decidedly rare, and rich pieces such as this large 5 x 3 x 2-inch cabinet specimen have always been extremely scarce and highly sought-after. Though this specimen represents the most typical association, with yellowish-green fluorescent willemite and the non-fluorescents black franklinite and orange zincite, the quality is exceptional. More mundane specimens of this association can be difficult to identify, as the fluorescent hues and intensities are similar enough that the colors appear indistinguishable as these two minerals become more intimately mixed. But the large, relatively pure vein-like bands of esperite are as bold and distinctive as the willemite, cutting a diagonal swathe across the beautiful rock, making for a rare, superb and highly aesthetic specimen of this Franklin classic. Provenance: Ex Hugh Ronemus Collection Estimate: $1,200-$1,500

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49124 LARGE FLUORESCENT AGRELLITE Kipawa Complex, Villedieu Township, Temiskaming Co, Quebec, Canada pink 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 rarely displayed in such a vibrant, intense and unadulterated coloring. Agrellite from the Kipawa Complex, however, is the one fluorescent mineral that proves an exception to these rules, and the present specimen is exceptional even under these terms. From the few other places it has been found (elsewhere in northern Canada and Alaska), agrellite has been recovered in exceedingly small amounts, not particularly worthy of fluorescent displays. However, the Kipawa Complex is an alkaline syenite intrusion, similar to granitic rocks and their coarse pegmatite, but mostly lacking in the commonest silicate minerals such as quartz 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 of these shockingly pink fluorescent mineral, museum-sized masses of nearly pure agrellite such as this remarkable 13 x 8 x 4 inch example are still extremely rare. This splendid piece was purchased directly from its collector, d. MacFarlane, for the Hugh Ronemus collection, and also contains minor amounts of the deep-red fluorescing albite as well as a greenish fluorescent and phosphorescent carbonate-mineral coating probably composed of aragonite and/or calcite, 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 5 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-$2,000
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49126 FLUORESCENT ZINCITE Burning slag dumps, New Jersey Zinc Company Refinery; Laboratories, Palmerton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania Zincite is a mineral composed of zinc and oxygen, specifically the naturally occurring hexagonal form of Zno (zinc oxide). This fine specimen fluoresces a brilliant yellow under longwave or shortwave ultraviolet rays; interestingly, it was formed on the dump of the refining and processing wastes of the new Jersey Zinc Co, which owned the Franklin and sterling Hill mines, among others that were not in the Franklin area. The dump contained waste products from ore shipments from mines at sterling Hill, new Jersey, and from the Friedensville area mines, Lehigh County, pennsylvania as well as some from Belgium. These dumps were also used for discarded building products later evidenced by bricks impressed with the nJ Zinc Co logo. Likely there were other building products including timbers and other flammable material and probably some ores that were too low-grade to refine. But, somehow, along with the semi-molten slag supplying enough heat to start the dump burning, they smoldered hot enough and for long enough to volatilize the zinc in the thick piles of the burning dumps and when 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 beautifully fluorescent. since this occurred with the cooperation of Mother nature and man, many purists do not consider these true mineral specimens, but this one certainly 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 of fluorescent collecting in general. A superb, delicate pale green 3 x 2 x 1-inch specimen, it was collected by Bob Murcer, a nJ Zinc Co chemist who kept similar 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 Hill Mine, the rarer thick-vein occurrence from the 180-foot level producing specimens that were somewhat comparable, but are extremely difficult to obtain. The other 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, Canada Also known as the Lynx Mine, the Long Lake Zinc Mine has quietly been producing some of the most spectacular multi-color fluorescent mineral specimens in the world since at least the early 1960s. Though yielding occasional specimens since then, the only time a truly noticeable amount of pieces appeared on the market was during the mid to late 1990s, when the present specimen was made public; by the early 2000s they had largely disappeared again, having been absorbed into an eager market. And no wonder although the overall tones are usually on the muted or pastel side, these specimens frequently present beautifully aesthetic patterning, rarely matched elsewhere, including in pieces from the famed Franklin area. Measuring 14 x 7 x 4 inches, this example resembles nothing so much as a giant psychedelic peanut and is an outstanding piece even for this fine locality. Composed of the Grenville Formation marble and its accompanying minerals, and activated with the help of trace elements from the zinc mine, it contains red-orange fluorescent calcite, resembling the dying 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 blue streaks cross-cutting these other mineral bands in a sub-parallel trend: a rare and desirable response for this mineral. In addition, a non-fluorescent brown vein streaks across the specimen roughly parallel to the dolomite veinlets and has apparently imparted a halo of white fluorescent calcite about -inch thick 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
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49128 A PERFECT MATCH: EXCEEDINGLY RARE FLUORESCENT FLUORITE SPECIMEN AND A COMMON FLUORESCENT ORE PIECE Doa Anna Prospect, Cochise Co, Arizona Fluorite, an abundant fluorescent mineral species found worldwide, has been known to fluoresce in virtually every color of the spectrum, but by far the rarest colors are red and pink. This specimen is from the only locality that has produced significant, display-caliber pink-fluorescent fluorites and is probably the only locality for pink-fluorescent fluorite in the world. The mineral only responds with this color under shortwave ultraviolet rays; under longwave ultraviolet it 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 best known 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 veinlet of blue-white shortwave fluorescent scheelite in between. other associated minor fluorescents on this piece under short-wave are dull green-fluorescent quartz 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 important historical counterpoint to its world-class companion: fine blue-white fluorescing scheelite on a non-fluorsecent quartz matrix with veinlets of non-fluorescent mica, which are also the main matrix minerals of the world-class fluorescent fluorite. The brilliant fluorescence of the scheelite is somewhat muted in a pleasantly wispy cloudlike pattern that sweeps across the entire 6 x 5 x 3-inch matrix. presumably, scheelite and feberite, a non-fluorescent, were the tungsten ore minerals at the small doa Anna prospect, as no indications of any other potential ore minerals seem to be in evidence at the now worked-out site. 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-formed parallel 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-$5,000


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Nullagine, Pibara Region, Western Australia, Australia


Crystallized gold specimens are a real rarity from Australia even though gold nuggets have been found in profusion in Western Australia. Nicknamed The Eagle, because of its wing span, by past owner Hubert C. de Monmonier this specimen is a crystalline aggregate of high karat gold sporting free standing gold crystals as well as numerous epimorphic casts of accompanying Quartz crystals. It is a massive piece of virtually pure gold with little of the original Quartz remaining. It weighs an hefty 779 grams (25.045 troy ounces). Nullagine: an old gold mining town in Western Australias Pilbara region is the source. From 1895 to 1914, Nullagine was a booming rough and tumble outback town with a heart of gold. The easy pickings ran out in 1914 and the miners moved on. lack of discoveries, since that time have not deterred modern prospectors, equipped with metal detectors, from exploring these old mining regions, stubbornly seeking any nuggets that eluded the early miners. In 1997, an intrepid miner hit pay dirt when he found this large crystallized gold specimen. Eventually the specimen made its way from the C. Kent Collection of Australia into the notable gold collection of Hubert C. de Monmonier, who later bequeathed it to the University of Arizona (formerly the Arizona State & Territorial Collection). Although the University listed Kalgoorlie as the locality on its accompanying museum label, its much rarer Nullagine origins have been confirmed by Bill Birch, Senior Curator of the Museum Victoria of Melbourne, Australia, as well as being documented in Gold, The Noble Metal a special edition of Extralapis English Magazine, published by lithographie in 2003. Accompanied by a custom unlabeled base, it bears the University of Arizona collection #18447, and measures 4 inches high x 5 inches wide x 1 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

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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 allconsuming 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 Mankinds 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 1 x 1116 x 1 inches. Provenance: ex. Gilles Emringer Collection Estimate: $30,000-$36,000

49131 CRYSTALLIZED GOLD ON QUARTZ Mockingbird Mine, Whitlock, Whitlock District, Bagby-MariposaMount 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 2 inches high x 1 inches wide x 1 inches deep, is in pristine condition, and comes with a custom unlabeled base. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000


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49132 NATIVE GOLD Grass Valley, Nevada City District (Grass Valley District), Sierra Co., California, USA very sharp and well-defined crystalline Gold specimen consisting of numerous flattened octahedrons, some of which are over inch across: quite large for Gold crystals. The main crystal(s) display a pronounced hopper type of growth habit indicative of fairly rapid growth. The color, luster and habit of the specimen are consistent with other known Grass valley specimens but is considerably better than most a world class specimen. This is from the Al McGuiness Family Collection, which makes it also a very old specimen, it then found its way into the Gene Meieran Collection, and finally ended up in Wayne Thompsons private collection. A world class miniature Gold with great patina and provenance, it weighs 10.40 grams, measures 1 inches long x inch wide x inch thick, and has a custom labeled base. Provenance: ex. Al McGuiness Family Collection ex. Gene Meieran Collection ex. Wayne Thompsons Private Collection Estimate: $30,000-$35,000

49133 NATIVE GOLD Ro ia Montan (Verespatak; Vrspatak; Goldbach), Alba Co., Romania s The seldom mentioned country of Romania has interestingly enough been the source for a small number of finely crystallized Gold specimens over the years. 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 on serious collections around the world, based on aesthetic form and difficulty of acquisition. very representative of Romanian material, this leaf of crystalline Gold displays pronounced trigonal features on one surface and little or none on the other side. Its luster is uniformly bright, there is no matrix or other associated minerals, and it is an older specimen as there has not been any production from this region for many years. It is from the e.R.Chadbourn Collection that dates from 1855 to the 1920s, and more recently from the phil scalisi Collection. It weighs 3.42 grams, measures 1 inches long x 1 inches wide x 116 thick, and has a custom labeled base. Provenance: ex. E. R. Chadbourn Collection (1855-1920s) ex. Phil Scalisi Collection Estimate: $12,000-$15,000

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 approximately 3 x 1 x 1 inches and weighs 6.025 troy oz (187.4 grams). Estimate: $14,000-$15,000

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49135 NATIVE SILVER ON GALENA WITH ACANTHITE Imiter Mine, Imiter District, Djebel Saghro (Jebel Saghro), Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco The last decade has seen the discovery of native silver wires usually accompanied by crystalline Acanthite from the mine at Imiter in Morocco. While the wire silvers from Imiter are quite fine, most of the specimens seen are under 2 inches in height and often with no matrix other than an Acanthite crust. This large and unusual specimen combines lustrous almost chatoyant wires of native silver & skeletal black Acanthite masses along with dark cubic crystals and cleavages of Galena. Besides its large size, this is one of the few specimens known that displays this combination, making this a rare and desirable specimen from this locality. From a French collection, it has a custom unlabeled base, and measures 4 inches high x 3 inches 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, Mexico deep in the Barranca country of Chihuahua lie the rich silver mines of Batopilas. Here pods of pure silver were extracted from within veins of white Calcite. The best examples of this valuable metal were mined before 1900. very characteristic of Batopilas material is the flattened and feather-like reticulated forms seen in this specimen. The largest crystals are some 2 inches in length showing silver herringbones emerging from the white enclosing Calcite along with some black carbonaceous material on obverse. This is an extremely fine example of pre-1900 material from this remote locality. From the Robert Hauck collection, it measures 4 inches long x 2 inches wide x 1 inches thick. Provenance: ex. Robert Hauck Collection Estimate: $8,000-$10,000


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49137 NATIVE SILVER ON PYRARGYRITE Bulldog Mountain Mine, Creede District, Mineral Co., Colorado, USA Historically, as well as economically speaking, mining put the state of Colorado on the map. That the mining history of Colorado has been largely marginalized by other, more recent developments, still cant erase the important role played by this vital activity. Hundreds of mines produced a steady stream of precious metals that fueled the settlement of the West and purchased expensive baubles such as the Hope diamond for wealthy eastern socialites. This rarely seen relic 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 of this 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 was mined 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 4 long x 3 wide x 1 thick Provenance: ex. Robert Hauck Collection Estimate: $8,000-$10,000

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49138 HISTORIC KONGSBERG SET Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway It isnt 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 a commemorative plaque that was presented to the manager of the Kongsberg silver Mines on his 75th birthday. The two sinuous and stout wire clusters are screw 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 engraved with 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 excellent condition. From the notable ed david Collection, the dimensions are: left wire: 1 inches high x 1 inch across x inch thick; right wire: 1 inches high x 1 inch across x inch thick. Provenance: ex. Ed David Collection Estimate: $25,000-$32,000


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49139 FLUORITE Okorusu Mine (Okarusu Mine), Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia The okorusu Fluorite Mine located in north-Central namibia has been a steady producer of fine blue-green and purple Fluorite specimens for a number of years. occasionally the mine produces crystal groups that display atypical red-purple cores with yellow exteriors; a combination of colors that is much sought 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 cubic crystals 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 is one 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 2 inches thick, and has a custom labeled acrylic stand. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500

49140 FLUORITE & DOLOMITE Moscona Mine, Sols, Corvera de Asturias, Villabona Mining Area, Asturias, Spain This Fluorite specimen was mined in 1982, in the lovely mountains of Asturias, spain. Composed of simple cubic forms, it exhibits an exotic, golden honeyyellow color, particularly in transmitted light. The cube faces are complex in reflected light with a multitude of glistening facets, each of which reflects its little bit 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 1 inches on edge. Condition is pristine with no damage to display surfaces and was from A. Martauds private collection. It has a custom base and measures 5 inches long x 3 inches high x 3 inches thick. Provenance: ex. A. Martuad Private Collection Estimate: $5,500-$7,000
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49141 BLUE FLUORITE Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China Few mineral species are able to compete with the rainbow of color combinations that Fluorite can possess. Among the most appreciated are the turquoise blue cubes with darker blue-violet exteriors that come from the yaogangxian Mine in Hunan, China. In this exceptionally beautiful example, cubic crystals up to 1 inches on edge are perched on top of a bone-white matrix of dolomite that is visible both under and through the very transparent Fluorite. The main crystal shows contact on the back side, but overall appearance from the display direction is quite exquisite. The intense and unusual turquoise blue coloration is rather uncommon from this locality and the Fluorite has very good luster. It was mined in 2009 and came from the private collection of experienced China-hand Ken Roberts. This colorful specimen measures 3 inches high x 2 inches wide x 2 inches deep has a custom unlabeled base. Provenance: ex. Ken Roberts Private Collection Estimate: $35,000-$45,000

49142 BENT TOURMALINE CRYSTAL Pederneira Mine, So Jos da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil The gem mineral: Tourmaline is rather odd in that every so often a crystal will come to light that is bent still in one piece but twisted or curved instead of straight, as is normal. It is thought that movement of the surrounding material during crystal growth has resulted in multiple fractures that heal very much like a broken leg in a cast: the fractured piece are held in their new bent position while the crystal is still growing and thus, the crystal heals in its new bent shape. Most of these orthopedic accidents are associated with small, heavily included prisms. In this case the bent crystal 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 3 inches long x inch wide x inch wide. Estimate: $4,000-$4,500


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49143 PINK FLUORITE ON PYRITE Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Hunuco Department, Peru For hundreds of years it has been believed that the only occurrences of Fluorite specimens of a pink hue have been klufts fissures and cavities exposed on 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 the cold 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 1981 shattered 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 composed of approximately 20 crystals, up to 1 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 7 inches long x 4 inches wide x 3 inches thick. Provenance: ex. Private European Collection Estimate: $48,000-$55,000

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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 havent 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 3 inches high x 3 inches wide x 1 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. Thats 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 3 inches wide x 3 inches high x 2 inches thick; the largest sphere is a sizable 1 inches in diameter. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200


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49146 GREEN APOPHYLLITE Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India There are any number of Apophyllite localities scattered throughout the vast lava flows of the deccan plateau of India, but only a paltry few produce the light 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 grey Quartz matrix. The largest of the Apophyllite prisms measures 1 inches in length. The Apophyllites are quite transparent and display typical pyramidal terminations. Condition is excellent. There is an accession number A-5 and overall measurements are 3 inches high x 3 inches wide x 2 inches deep. Estimate: $3,000-$3,500

49147 TITANITE WITH APATITE Ankarafa, Vohmar District, Sava (Northeastern) Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar A light peridot green blade of Titanite showing classic twinning, on matrix, with a colorless, doubly-terminated Apatite crystal and numerous smaller Apatite prisms as well. The edge of the Titanite shows damage but not when viewed from the preferred display angle. The Titanite crystal measures 1 inches long x 1+ inches across x inch thick and is somewhat transparent. Luster on side faces is a satin one due to the profusion of microscopic growth features. The Apatite 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 inches wide x 1 inches thick x 2 inches long, has a custom labeled base, and is fine condition. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000

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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 semimetallic luster fan out from a common base. There are single crystals up to 1 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 2 inches high x 1 inches wide x 1 inches deep and has an acrylic base. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000

49149 CUPRITE Onganja Mine, Onganja, Seeis, Windhoek District, Khomas Region, Namibia An instant hit when these enormous tail-light red crystals made their first appearance during the period 1973-1974, there has been no further production since 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 were considerably rarer. This cluster of massive, highly transparent Cuprite crystals has had the original Malachite coating removed to display the unbelievable transparency. Most of the crystals dating from this period underwent a similar treatment. There were a number of absolutely stunning facetted stones cut from this 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 35 years. It is from the daniel Trinchillo sr. Collection and measures 2 inches high x 3 inches wide x 1 inches thick; the largest crystal is 1 inches across. There is a custom labeled base. Provenance: ex. Daniel Trinchillo Sr. Collection Estimate: $10,000-$12,000


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49150 BRILLIANT GREEN CALCITE Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA Considering the fact that Calcite is one of the most common of minerals, it is interesting to contemplate how rarely are decent crystals found and how really unusual are Calcites with interesting inclusions such as the Kelly green Calcite group seen here. It owes its attractive hue to thousands of hair-like Malachite needles frozen inside lustrous scalenohedrons of transparent Calcite. What little matrix that is exposed, on the bottom and edges of the specimen, is a very contrasty reddish chocolate brown. single crystals range up to 1 inch in length in this group. A few crystals show cleavages at terminations but that does not detract from its display quality as it is quite difficult to tell cleavages from terminations. exceptionally fine color for material of this type and locality. excellent luster and evenness of color. This is a highly desirable example of old Bisbee material circa 1900 from the p. G. Beckett Collection. It measures 2 inches long x 1 inches wide x 1 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, Iran simple Quartz crystal with multiple radiating faces terminating in one large normal termination. This form resembles a pineapple with the profusion of small side faces. With an exceedingly thin iron oxide coating that gives rise to a charming amount of iridescence. A highly unusual specimen from an unusual locality for Quartz that measures 2 x 2 x 1 inches. In fine condition. Estimate: $850-$1,000

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49152 RED QUARTZ & HEMATITE Jinlong Hill, Longchuan (Lungchuan) Co., Heyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, Peoples Republic of China sometimes specimens require only a small nudge from the imagination to conjure up comparisons to any number of animals. Hedgehog being the term that comes to mind when viewing this prickly cluster of reddish-orange Quartz crystals, with their richly colored tips exploding out from a matrix of colorless Quartz and thin, black, razor-edged blades of metallic Hematite. The largest of the Quartz crystals is approximately 2 inches in length and the Hematite balls measure up to an inch across. There are signs of a few broken crystals but they are difficult to discern amidst the overall profusion of complete ones. The combination of the deep reddish-orange of the Quartz prisms and the black spheres of Hematite blades is found only at this locality. overall measurements are approximately 7 inches wide x 3 inches high x 5 inches deep. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000

49153 AZURITE SUN Malbunka Copper Mine (Namatjiras Copper Prospect; Areyonga Copper Deposit), Areyonga, Alice Springs, Gardiner Range, Northern Territory, Australia There are tribal areas deep in the Australian outback that conceal interesting and exotic features seen by few outsiders. one such unique feature is a small outcrop of the deep blue copper mineral: Azurite that resembles nothing so much as a blue pancake in form and color. The operator of this small mine is working the locality strictly for specimens; most of which are considerably smaller than the one seen here. This navy blue flap-jack is embedded in a contrasting, white Kaolinitic siltstone, with some wine colored areas in the Kaolin providing visual complexity. The Azurite shows radial ribbing on the upper surface, otherwise it is discoidal and in perfect condition. It has unusual sparkling luster for this habit and the overall specimen measures 7 inches long x 5 inches across x 1 inches thick. The Azurite itself measures 3 inches in diameter: quite large for material from this find. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000


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NChwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Manganese mines the world over tend to be some of the least attractive places to spend time, being oversupplied with VERY BlACK ore minerals that tend to break down into evilly tenacious dust that gets into and onto: Everything. Imagine their surprise when miners at one of these black holes in the Kalahari desert found beautiful, transparent crystals of a most delicious strawberry-red hue, lining fissures in a recently blasted ore zone. Their surprise was quickly replaced by joy when they discovered the value of their find to collectors of beautiful minerals. The miners, who saved these red treasures, were very handsomely rewarded for their efforts, but sad to say, only two discoveries have been made to date, both around thirty years ago. despite the entrepreneurial zeal of the many miners hoping to strike it rich again, no more have come to light. This very large and showy specimen, with individual crystals up to of inch long, came from the first find over three decades ago. It has a profusion of rich cherry-red scalenohedral crystals that are highlighted with a light dusting of druzy Quartz/Calcite on the sides. The piece is in exceptionally fine condition for a specimen of its size there are a few cleavages apparent on terminations of approximately 3 crystals and a small amount of the usual breakage around the edges, where the specimen was attached to wall rock altogether these are very minor flaws that are difficult to detect, especially among the great abundance of Rhodochrosite crystals overall. The matrix is the typical dark black manganese oxide one usually associates with pieces from this locality. Very large and exceptional example of this classic, now rare, mineral. overall measurements are 5 inches long x 3 inches wide x 1 inches thick.

Estimate: $70,000-$90,000

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49155 AMETHYST & PREHNITE Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg Area, Brandberg District, Erongo Region, Namibia Lava flows in the remote and desolate Goboboseb Mountains of namibia are host to cavities lined with finely crystallized examples of various minerals. This large Goboboseb cavity displays seven large Amethyst-tipped Quartz crystals and a host of smaller, pale amethystine to colorless prisms sprouting from the walls of the crystal lined vug. Besides the Quartz, there are a number of mint-green prehnite balls to approximately inch in diameter, festooning the ceiling of the cavity, and a trace of sparkling, dark olive-green epidote crystals scattered around the bases of the Quartz prisms. The Quartz crystals are limpid in their extremities with numerous mirror-like negative crystals and certain amount of smokey banding intermixed with the violet of the Amethyst. surface luster is the exceptionally brilliant type that this locality is noted for. There is no damage to the Quartz the interior of the vug is in pristine condition and the exterior surfaces have been trimmed/sawn on sides, back & bottom to reduce the overall weight of the specimen. The overall measurements are 9 inches long x 5 inches high x 6 inches deep; the largest Amethyst crystal is 3 inches long x 1 inches across. Estimate: $18,000-$20,000 49156 DIOPTASE Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia out near the Angolan border of namibia in southwestern Africa, there are a series of small Copper deposits that are worked the old fashioned way: by hand. While this doesnt result in any great production of ore, it does result in the occasional find of beautiful and rare minerals. The tribal miners know that collectors in the outside world are absolutely crazy over the dioptase that they are digging and if they are careful not to damage them, they are worth far more as specimens than as ore. Most specimens are single loose crystals, but from time to time, a large and fine matrix specimen like this one may appear. Here, numerous lustrous and prismatic dioptase crystals are scattered over a matte matrix of light blue mammilary shattuckite with a small amount of Malachite staining. Typical in luster and form, the largest dioptase crystal is around inch in length; fairly sizable for dioptase from here (or anywhere else for that matter). A big part of the attractiveness of this mineral is due to its unearthly color: no photo of dioptase can ever capture the unique blue-green hue of this mineral. professional photographers refer to this phenomenon as being out of Gamut: a color that is literally impossible to reproduce. It measures a sizable 5 inches long x 2 inches wide x 2 inches high. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000
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49157 CUPRIAN ADAMITE Ojuela Mine, Mapim, Mun. de Mapim, Durango, Mexico over the last three or four decades, Adamite from the ojuela Mine has been one of the most consistently available minerals on the specimen market. That said, it must also be stated that principle only applies to the normal (i.e. the yellow-green) color variety. It does not apply to the pink type nor to the rich green cuprian variety seen here. evidently the growth conditions for these blue-green crystals were much more stringent. Whatever the reason, the cuprian variety is much more highly prized. This example features sea-green Adamite crystals up to inch across arranged in curving lines on a rich reddish brown matrix of matte luster. The stark contrast between the color and luster of the Adamite and the warm color and matte surface makes for a striking and unique display specimen. In excellent condition with no damage, it measures 2 inches wide x 2 inches x 1 inches thick. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200

49158 HEMIMORPHITE Wenshan Mine, Wenshan Co., Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, Peoples Republic of China dark turquoise blue, translucent, botryoidal coating of copper bearing Hemimorphite on a light cream colored limestone matrix. Wenshan has provided some truly fine examples of this lovely material but production has been falling off and the prospects for additional specimens are increasingly dim. overall measurements are 4 inches wide x 2 inches high x 1 inches thick and there is a custom labeled base. Estimate: $1,200-$1,600
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49159 MICROCLINE (VAR. AMAZONITE) WITH SMOKY QUARTZ Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA Although Amazonite specimens are quite common, good specimens displaying the combination of Amazonite with unbroken crystals of smoky Quartz in the same specimen, is much less common. Typically pocket collapse after crystal formation results in separation of Amazonite prisms and major damage to the smoky Quartz. Here, three Amazonite crystals and one smoky Quartz show what some of these crystal groups were like before pocket collapse. The individual crystals making up the tableau are arranged in their original positions but have been reinforced to prevent any future separation. There is a nick to front of the smoky Quartz, otherwise fine condition. The Amazonite is the typical medium turquoise color with good luster. overall measurements are 3 inches wide x 1 inches high x 1 inches deep; the largest crystal is 1 inches long and there is a custom labeled base. Estimate: $8,500-$9,500

49160 GROSSULAR GARNET Jeffrey mine (Jeffrey Quarry; Johns-Manville Mine), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Qubec, Canada A very fine and large example of grossular garnet of the variety: Hessonite, from this classic Canadian locality. It is composed of multiple cinnamon hued garnet crystals up to 1-inch across, distributed in scintillating profusion over a dark, slightly druzy matrix. The Hessonites are in pristine condition with no observable damage and brilliant luster. Little or no production for more than thirty years from this unique occurrence. Custom labeled base includes a typo grossolar instead of grossular it might be interesting to see who notices. This specimen is from the personal collection of the mine geologist, Francesco spertini it is one of the two or three specimens trimmed down from the famous dinner plate found in the 1980s. overall specimen measurements are 3 inches long x 2 inches across x 1 inches thick. Provenance: ex. Francesco Spertini Collection Estimate: $16,000-$18,000
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49161 OLMIITE NChwaning II Mine, NChwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa one would think that once a mineral is described and its chemistry/ structure has been defined, that would be the end of it: wed all know what were dealing with. Most of the time thats true. It turns out that what was being call poldervaartite is really olmiite. Although you cant tell the difference without analytical equipment, it has been noted that virtually all of the former is actually the latter, hence the title of this lot. What is somewhat clearer is that this specimen is a roughly spherical group of translucent olmiite crystals, overcoating a matrix of a white radiating needle habit (probably xonotlite). The olmiite possesses the most desirable golden-red coloration with a multitude of sparkling crystal faces. Highly translucent and lovely when backlit, it is just under 2 inches across x 2 inches high x 1 thick. Estimate: $6,500-$7,500

49162 QUARTZ (VAR. AMETHYST) STALACTITE Artigas, Artigas Department, Uruguay A striking, single stalactite rises dramatically from a base of Amethyst of the same medium-purple color. It is remarkably undamaged, quite tall at 9 inches long, and the Amethyst crystals themselves have a brilliant luster catching light from all directions in sparkling reflection. Most Amethyst stalactites from Uruguay are either damaged when they are extracted, and subsequently cut into slices for jewelry, or are quite a bit stubbier making this particular specimen exceptional. The stalactite itself is a complete 360-degree specimen and sits on a customfitted wood base for overall dimensions of 10 inches high x 3 inches deep and 5 inches wide. It is in excellent condition. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500

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49163 HUEBNERITE & QUARTZ Huayllapon Mine (Huallapon Mine), Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru Huebnerite: an occasionally found ore mineral of Tungsten, is only found in a few places world-wide as decently crystallized specimens. To make matters worse, most of the Huebnerite seen is a mixture of Ferberite (Iron Tungstate) and Huebnerite (Manganese Tungstate). This is of interest, chiefly because reasonably pure Huebnerite shows a beautiful deep red color in transmitted light, while the much more common Ferberite is black and opaque. This fine and large specimen displays the exceptionally good tranparency and distinct red coloration exhibited by that very small percentage of Huebnerites containing little or no iron. Besides the exceptional color already noted, this specimen is considerably larger than most, with individual crystals up to 4 inches long. The almost metallic luster of the deep red Huebnerite prisms is exceptionally bright and is complimented by the presence of hundreds of colorless, sparkling needle type Quartz crystals sprouting from back and side surfaces. Minor amount of damage but overall condition is excellent. Huebnerite this caliber has not been seen for over 30 years and with its lustrous Quartz association, this mineral is very unique. It has an unlabeled custom base and measures approximately 3 inches wide x 4 inches high x approximately 4 inches deep. Estimate: $35,000-$45,000


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49164 WULFENITE Erupcin Mine (Ahumada Mine), Sierra de Los Lamentos, Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico There is hardly a mineral collection that does not contain at least one Wulfenite from this locality. during its heyday some 30+ years ago literally hundreds, if not thousands, of specimens flooded the collector market. They went away. no one knows where but fine examples with large and attractive crystals have become quite scarce. The best of those mined showed large and lustrous crystals that looked so much like caramel candies that you frequently will hear that term used in describing them. This outstanding matrix piece is in excellent condition with only one minor broken crystal and some very minor nicking to some edges. Classic orange red caramel color with exceptional, almost metallic luster. on white contrasting matrix typical of locality it has a custom unlabeled base. From ed davids first and most significant collection, circa 1993. dr. david was president nixons science advisor during his term. This colorful specimen measures 3 inches high x 3 inches wide x 3 inches deep; with single crystals up to 1 inch on edge. Provenance: ex. Ed David Collection Estimate: $28,000-$35,000

49165 LEGRANDITE Ojuela Mine, Mapim, Mun. de Mapim, Durango, Mexico of the many hues that minerals tend to come in, a bright, golden-yellow is one of the rarest ones. Legrandite: a seldom seen member of the Arsenate group is one of the few that always displays this energizing color. The combination of rarity and saturated golden color makes Legrandite a highly sought after collector mineral. This fine example features 2 separate sprays, consisting of multiple subparallel aggregates and a single, doubly terminated individual featured in the center of a gossan vug. The matrix is the typical warm chocolate brown seen in specimens from this locality. The Legrandite crystals have a glassy luster and are in fine condition. originally mined in the 1970s, this fine specimen is from the private collection of Consie prince, a well known Houston mineral dealer who specialized in Mexican minerals for over 50 years. This unusual specimen measures 3 long x 2 wide x 1 thick, has crystals to inch long, and has a custom labeled base. Provenance: ex. Consie Prince Private Collection Estimate: $15,000-$20,000

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49166 RED BERYL ON MATRIX Harris Claim, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah, USA Beryl: the generic term for naturally occurring Beryllium Aluminum silicate is sub-divided into a host of varieties depending on trace element inclusions and coloration. This includes a number of Beryls considered as precious and semi-precious gems. notable examples would be: emerald, Aqumarine, Morganite, Heliodor, etc. The rarest of all of the varieties is not emerald as commonly thought, but the Cesium rich variety found only in gem crystals in one small location in Utah. various sources refer to this cranberry red type as Red emerald or Bixbite, but most fans of this rarely seen mineral just call it Red Beryl. In addition to being a one location gem mineral, it has the further distinction of only forming small crystals; most of them under inch in length. The matrix specimen seen here hosts a very large crystal that is just under inch in length and is approximately inch across in the widest dimension. deep cranberry red, it shows a refreshing lack of the typical Rhyolitic inclusions, that often plague larger examples. It has a bright, glassy luster and no damage. It is perched upon the typical bleached Rhyolite white matrix usually associated with these Beryls. In the private collection of a gem trade dealer since the mid 1980s, it has never before been offered for sale. overall dimensions are: 3 inches long x 1 inches across x 1 inches high. Provenance: ex. Private Gem Collection Estimate: $55,000-$70,000


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49167 UNIQUE BLACKBIRD VIVIANITE CRYSTAL OF SUPERIOR SIZE Vivianite Blackbird Mine, Blackbird District, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA At over 5 inches tall, this vivianite crystal is surely amongst the largest from this locality. no person we have talked to that is familiar with the specimens produced by the Blackbird mine in remote central-eastern Idaho knows of a larger example than this fine crystal. How this superb piece has escaped attention for so long is a mystery. For most of the time since its extraction and rescue from the mill in the 1950s to 1960s, it rested in the collection of Geary Murdoch, an Idaho collector and dealer. vivianite from most occurrences worldwide has a blue to green color but this blade exhibits the extraordinary purple color that is unique to this long shut cobalt mine, which predominantly produced blue to green crystals. vivianite from the Blackbird district is typically associated with a sulfide matrix that commonly disintegrates, but not this crystal. Its rarity is enhanced by the fact that it is amongst the few from this part of the world that is secure on the stable vein rock (gangue) rather than the typically unstable sulfide matrix. even the repair made on this specimen (somewhat visible near the base of the crystal) blends with the overall appearance, which is naturally etched, and does not detract from the pieces aesthetic. A true connoisseurs choice; rare, unusual and an internationally significant representative of the species; the specimens overall dimensions are 7 x 4 x 3 inches and is accompanied by a Geary Murdoch label. Provenance: Ex. Geary Murdoch collection Estimate: $20,000-$28,000

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Opal Butte, Morrow Co., Oregon, USA


Precious opal from opal Butte, oregon, has produced some of the finest play-of-color opals in the world. This large contra luz specimen weighs an impressive 2,290 carats and has a faintly golden colored transparent body with pinpoint & broadflash play of colors: reds, purples, greens, and golds essentially all colors of the rainbow are suspended in the opal body itself. The opal occurs in Rhyolite geodes embedded in decomposed Perlite remnants of the host Rhyolite are evident in this colorful sculpture. Play-of-color opals from this locality are extremely rare, as less than 1% of the Rhyolite geodes contain Contra luz opal. This opal is quite limpid and transparent and the rainbow play-of-colors is exceptional. There are a couple of incipient concoidal inclusions but they do not detract from the specimen. It has a fine polish, some traces of the original surface, and measures 3 inches high by 2 inches wide and is approximately 2 inches thick.

Estimate: $65,000-$75,000


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49169 SPECTACULAR ANDAMOOKA OPAL MATRIX Andamooka, South Australia This incredible stone is from one of the smallest but most beautiful opal deposits in the world, easily rivaling the other more abundant Australian opal fields at Lightening Ridge and Cooper pedy; indeed, on the occasion of Queen elizabeth IIs first visit to Australia in 1954, it was an Andamooka opal that was chosen to be presented to her to commemorate the auspicious occasion. The deposits were first discovered in the late 1920s by two prospectors taking refuge from a thunderstorm. Formed in the thin veins of quartzite rock, it emerges from the ground with a rather dull, washed-out appearance. A simple treatment with acid, water and heat, however, reveals the full natural beauty, incredibly presented here: the surfaces of this trapezoidal freeform glitter all over with tiny fiery points of electric color, separated with remarkable clarity into two distinct layers, one side predominantly red-orange and the other a deep vivid green interspersed with areas of matrix. Brought to a high polished finish with a thin resin coating, it is a spectacular example of one of the most beautiful stones in the world, measuring approximately 6 x 3 x 1 inches and weighing 3000 carats. Estimate: $1,400-$1,800

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49170 BOULDER/IRONSTONE OPAL Eromanga Opal Field, Quilpie, Quilpie Shire, Queensland, Australia A large block of chocolate brown ironstone is the host for an odd, sculpturally shaped cavity lined with black as well as white opal displaying prominent areas of green, purple & blue fire with small areas of red as well. parallel fissures in the ironstone give the piece the appearance of the inside of a mammalian thorax. Quite large for the type, there is additional gem opal showing on the back side as well. This colorful gemstone specimen measures 9 inches high x 5 inches across x 3 inches thick. Estimate: $15,000-$18,000

49171 DIAMOND CRYSTAL Premier Mine (Cullinan Mine), Cullinan, Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa The diamond crystal shown here was formerly part of the collection of the late dr. Miguel Romero of Tehuacan, Mexico. His was the premier Mexican assemblage of fine mineral specimens to date. Following his death, the crystal resided in the University of Arizona Collection for some time. The colorless diamond displays classic octahedral form with well developed trigons on all faces. It is somewhat included which prevented it from being cut but otherwise possesses fine adamantine luster & considerable size. There is an accession number 14272-96 and the diamond weighs 9.8 carats. It measures roughly inch from corner to corner. Provenance: ex. Dr. Miguel Romero Sanchez Collection ex. University of Arizona Collection Estimate: $8,000-$10,000


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49172 TIGERS-EYE South Africa This lovely little specimen perfectly demonstrates the chatoyant qualities that have made Tigers-eye such a popular mineral for thousands of years; indeed, Roman soldiers used to wear tiger eye into battle, believing that it provided protection from harm, and today it is used by crystal healers to relieve high blood pressure and to focus the mind. The unpolished surfaces of this specimen exhibits the characteristic blue streaks of incompletely silicified crocidolite on a golden-honey ground, but the shining polished surface gleams with gorgeous blue and gold on a beautiful natural canvas. Additionally, this specimen is from south Africa and contains noticeably more brilliance than the more common Australian specimens. A fine cabinet specimen, it measures 4 x 4 x 1 inches. Estimate: $250-$400

49173 FINE LABRADORITE FREEFORM Madagascar Labradorite is a rare member of the feldspar group of minerals. Twinning on a microscopic level is responsible for the iridescent sheets of color that ripple across the surface of this stone; the alternating parallel layers of feldspar crystals selectively reflect only those light waves of the proper wavelength or color. This is not seen on all labradorite specimens some exhibit no areas of iridescence at all but the present example displays particularly remarkable labradorescence across the whole of one polished face, flashing brilliantly with large patches of a warm golden color and a vibrant, deep blue. An exceptionally good example of this fascinating natural phenomenon, it measures 8 x 10 x 3 inches. Estimate: $800-$1,000
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49174 LABRADORITE FREEFORM MONOLITH Madagascar This is an especially good specimen of labradorite, the highly collectible feldspar mineral that lends its name to the optical phenomenon labradorescence. A form of schiller effect, this phenomenon occurs when alternating layers of feldspar crystals reflect only those light waves of the proper wavelength, or color, resulting in an incredibly shimmering display that seems to emanate from just beneath the surface of the rock itself. not all labradorite specimens exhibit this characteristic, but it is present all over one face of this highly polished freeform, and much of the reverse face; flashing with gold, green and electric blue. In addition to this excellent labradorescence, it is a goodsized specimen, brought to a high-polished finish and standing 12 inches tall. Estimate: $900-$1,200

49175 LABRADORITE FREEFORM Madagascar Crystallized from magma, labradorites characteristic green-grey appearance does not seem especially remarkable until a specimen is worked to a high polish; when light hits the smooth surface it bursts into electrifying life as twinning on a microscopic level causes vibrant shades of warm gold and electric green and blue to flash across the surface. one whole face of this elegant freeform displays this wonderful labradorescence in a charmingly mottled pattern, with a large patch of deep blue on the reverse, and makes for a beautifully aesthetic display object, approximately 8 x 6 x 3 inches. Estimate: $900-$1,200


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49176 RARE AND FASCINATING GOGOTTE AN EXQUISITE NATURAL SANDSTONE SCULPTURE Fontainbleu Sandstone Formation 30 Million years old Fontainbleu, France Concretions are found all over the world, where heavily mineral-rich water acts as a sort of cement to fill the porosity of sedimentary rock. The mineral cement is considerably more resistant to weathering than the host stratum, and over time will gradually be left exposed, most usually in an ovoid or spherical form. examples of such concretions are the Moeraki boulders of new Zealand, the Cannonball concretions of north dakota and the Kansas pop Rocks of the smoky Hill Chalk member of the niobrara Formation; but by far the most spectacular, otherworldly and beautifully aesthetic are those known as gogottes found in the oligocene formation at Fontainebleau, onetime home of the French monarchy. In this location, the concretions were formed by superheated water extruding through crevices into a basin of extremely fine, pure white silicate sand. The water itself was saturated with calcium carbonate (limestone) and as the superfine sand became suspended in the water and swirled around, the very movement of the water itself was captured in the gradually concreting stone. A deposit of small specimens was first discovered at the start of the twentieth century, and immediately captured the imagination of all those who came across them, most notably Jean Arp, who took them as inspiration for a number of his sculptures. Towards the end of the century, however, another deposit of larger concretions was discovered that were truly jaw-dropping in the fluid, organic appearance of their form. one specimen was acquired by the smithsonian Institute in Washington and so prized that it remains on display right next to the Hope diamond. The present example easily compares in quality; a mass of botryoidal, swirling forms, piled in a roughly pyramidal arrangement, seemingly dripping or melting in all directions and fascinating to behold from any angle. Bearing a lovely soft white-gray color, faintly twinkling with the tiny quartz sand crystals, it stands 21 inches tall with a 17 x 15-inch footprint, truly one of the most beautiful and fascinating wonders of the natural world. Estimate: $6,000-$7,500
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49177 BLACK OPAL 47.1 CT Mintabie Opal Field, Mintabie, South Australia, Australia Australia is the foremost producer of Black opals in the world and the Mintabie region of south Australia is one of the worlds most remote regions producing these rare opals. The Aborigines were the first to sell Black opals from the Mintabie area in the late 1910s but the remote locality, harsh conditions, and hardness of the host sandstone precluded any serious production until 1976 when large machinery was finally introduced into the area. Finally, the full potential of the Mintabie opal fields could be realized. This bright Black opal oval cabochon is from the Mintabie area it has a low dome with predominantly green pinfire flashes with occasional flashes of blue-purple, yellow and orange. The fire shows equally well from all directions and the body is classified as a n3/n4 Black opal. There are minimal inclusions of host rock on the backside but they are not visible from the front. This fine, large gemstone has very good polish, weighs a sizable 47.1 carats, and measures 45.47 mm x 22.03 mm. Estimate: $15,000-$18,000

49178 OPAL Coober Pedy, Coober Pedy-Everard Range Regions, South Australia, Australia Coober pedy is the opal Capital of the World located in the Australian state of south Australia, the region is famous for its underground homes. Although opal was discovered as early as 1915, it wasnt until the 1960s that the opal Rush took place with miners swarming the area, staking claims in the quest for this precious gemstone. After decades of mining, Coober pedys opal fields are covered in mounds of debris from a multitude of mine shafts and the hills are honeycombed with underground dugouts, excavated in an attempt to escape the 122F summer temperatures. The precious opal gemstones from Coober pedy, such as this trapezoid freeform cabochon, are highly prized. This opal exhibits harlequin fire with colors of green, red, gold, blue & purple just about every color of the rainbow. The colorless body color sparkles with both broad and pinpoint flashes of color. It weighs 21.78 carats and measures 28.83 x 19.77 mm. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000
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49179 OPAL Tsehay Mewcha, Wegeltena, Delanta, Welo, Afar Province, Ethiopia Recently, fine play-of-color opals broadflash, contra luz and hydrophane varieties have been mined in ethiopia. These exceptional opals are reminiscent of top-quality Australian and Brazilian opals and, in fact, are found in the same type of geological formations as the Australian opal. This newly discovered opal is mined in the Welo Amhara Regional state Highland plateau and has created a huge sensation in the gem world. Their brilliant color rivals top grade opals from anywhere in the world as evidenced by this bright 11.94 carat oval cabochon. It has broad flash with brilliant colors of red, gold, green, blue, and purple. This fine gemstone is well cut, has a moderate high dome, and excellent polish. It measures 21.93 x 15.86 mm and is in excellent condition. Estimate: $2,000-$2,750

49181 RARE GEMSTONE: PRASE OPAL 32.55 CT Haneti, Tanzania From the top of Iyobo Mountain near Haneti, Tanzania, comes this unusual gemstone: prase opal the nickel-bearing variety of common opal where nickel is the component that adds the neon bluish-green hue to the opal. Looking remarkably like Chrysoprase, it can easily be distinguished by its refractive index and specific gravity not only is prase opal more translucent and gemmy, it is considerably rarer. Although the Iyobo Mountain area has been mined for over 20 years, the recent 2009 discovery unearthed some of the most intense and beautiful bluish green material ever to reach the gem market. This brilliant apple-green oval cabochon weighs a sizable 32.55 carats. It is very translucent and even in color, well cut with a moderate high dome, and has an excellent polish. overall measurements are 25.67 mm x 19.74 mm x 13.01 mm high. Estimate: $5,000-$6,500

49180 FIRE OPAL 8.97 CT Quertaro, Mexico The use of Mexican Fire opals can be traced back to the Aztecs, who incorporated them as accents in ornamental jewelry and ceremonial clothing the Fire opal was known by the name vitzitziltecpal, or hummingbird stone, in reference to its striking resemblance to the iridescence of hummingbird feathers. The state of Quertaro is the primary opal mining area of Mexico. The 1960s through the mid-1970s was the heyday of Fire opal production. Today, many of the mines have been exhausted and gem quality opals, with strong play-of-color, have become rare. This oval cabochon has broad green flash, with hints of teal and purple, over a reddish-brown body color. It weighs 8.97 carats, measures 17.73 x 12.53 mm, and has good polish. Estimate: $1,600-$2,200

49182 STAR SAPPHIRE: 6-RAY STAR 12.58 CT Sri Lanka star sapphires exhibit a star-like phenomenon known as asterism caused by intersecting needlelike inclusions (usually of Rutile) that reveal a star shaped pattern when viewed with a single-point light source. Although sapphires come in a multitude of colors, blue sapphires are the most desirable. This fine blue star sapphire has a sharp, well-centered sixray star with a light blue, almost transparent, body color. As expected, a number of inclusions are present and visible in transmitted light; this is not consequential to the overall sapphire. This oval cabochon weighs 12.58 carats, measures 13.0 x 11.79 mm, and is in fine condition. Estimate: $7,000-$8,500

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49183 RARE GEMSTONE: UNTREATED DEEP BLUE SAPPHIRE 3.90 CT Sri Lanka A true rarity today is an untreated natural blue sapphire such as this fine gemstone with excellent blue coloration and an accompanying AGL certificate delineating that there is no evidence of heat treatment. since almost all sapphires and Rubies today are heat treated to enhance and improve their color, this 3.90 carat natural blue sapphire is extremely uncommon: less than 1% of the sapphires discovered are of a gem quality sufficient enough as to not require treatment. A square cushion, mixed step gemstone: it is well cut, well polished, and measures 9.23 x 9.08 x 5.28 mm in excellent condition. Documentation: AGL certificate Estimate: $16,000-$20,000

49184 RARE GEMSTONE: UNTREATED BLUE-VIOLET SAPPHIRE 6.94 CT Sri Lanka This natural blue-violet sapphire is quite rare: not only is it a very unusual color, it has not been treated to enhance its color. Accompanying this 6.94 carat gemstone is an AGL certificate attesting to the fact that there is no evidence of heat treatment. A bright and lively stone with a strong blue-violet hue, there are minor pinpoint inclusions that do not affect the gemstone because they are only visible in face down orientation. natural untreated sapphires will usually have more inclusions than their treated cousins as treatment processes will not only alter their color, but also their clarity. Inclusions should not always be seen as negative attributes in untreated sapphires, as they are undisputed evidence that they have not been treated. This fine gemstone is well cut and measures 11.90 x 9.18 x 7.84 mm. Documentation: AGL certificate Estimate: $14,000-$18,000

49185 RARE GEMSTONE: BRAZILIAN PARAIBA TOURMALINE 2.62 CT Batalha Mine, So Jos da Batalha, Salgadinho, Paraba, Brazil Tourmalines from the Mina da Batalha in the Brazilian state of paraba are extremely rare and highly prized. The 1989 discovery of paraba Tourmalines, with colors of unwavering intensity, set off frenetic mining activity until the now-famous hill (only 400 x 200 x 65 meters high) was almost razed to the ground. other deposits were found in the paraba region but overall production has never been large. paraba Tourmalines color is due to Copper, an element never before observed in Tourmaline; additionally it often contains Manganese. The interplay between these two elements creates intense colors: Copper is responsible for the coveted radiant blue, turquoise and green hues, while violet and red tones are caused by Manganese. paraba Tourmaline scintillates: glowing intensely even under low light, their color is electric or neon. This outer-worldly color has made Brazilian paraba Tourmalines amongst the most soughtafter, and expensive, gemstones in the world. And although other deposits of paraba-like Tourmalines have been discovered in Africa, the color intensity of the Brazilian paraba is unprecedented and has never been equaled. This fine gemstone is a 2.62 carat vivid green-blue, portuguese oval that measures 9.27 x 7.38 x 5.55 mm. A GRs certificate stating that it is indeed a Brazilian paraba Tourmaline accompanies it. Bright & lively, this is a beautiful example of a rarely encountered and highly prized gemstone it is the standard against which all Tourmalines are judged: the pinnacle of colored gems. Documentation: GRS Certificate Estimate: $35,000-$45,000

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49186 RARE GEMSTONE: RICH GREEN TSAVORITE 3.66 CT Merelani Hills (Mererani), Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania In 1967, in what is now known as Tanzania, British geologist Campbell Bridges discovered, bright green Grossularite a colorful member of the gemstone group of Garnets: Tsavorite. But Campbell could not export any of these exciting new gems so with dogged persistence he went into neighboring Kenya and rediscovered the vivid green gemstone for a second time in 1971. Tsavorite has a particularly high refractive index and does not have to undergo any treatment to bring out its color resulting in natural green gemstones of great brilliance that are significantly more robust than that other green gemstone: emerald. only rarely are rough crystals of over 5 carats found, so a facetted Tsavorite of more than two carats, such as this one, is rare. This Tsavorite is a facetted 3.66 carat mixed step, trilliant that measures approximately 10.2 mm along an edge. It is a very clean, deep chrome green: a bright lively, unusually cut gemstone in fine condition. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000 49188 RARE GEMSTONE: DEEP PINK KUNZITE 22.14 CT Afghanistan Kunzite is a very young gemstone: it was not described until 1902 when world-renown gemstone specialist George Frederick Kunz wrote a comprehensive description of a new stone which had just been discovered in California. And since newly discovered gemstones are usually given the name of their discoverer, it was named Kunzite in his honor. Although its hardness is fairly good, between 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs scale, this gem has perfect cleavage and is thus extremely difficult to facet. Kunzites are brilliant gemstones, as can be seen in this bright pink Kunzite with lilac highlights. It is an eye-clean oval portuguese-cut stone that weighs 22.14 carats, measures 20.72 x 13.14 mm, and is in fine condition. Estimate: $800-$1,200

49187 RUBELLITE: RICH RED MATCHED PAIR 17.26 TCW Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria Rubellite is a particularly beautiful gemstone from the colorful family of Tourmalines. Although Tourmalines come in a multitude of colors, only a few can be called Rubellite from the Latin word rubellus or reddish. Rubellite is a rich red color highlighted by tones of shocking pink and violet. And while most gemstones should be as free from inclusions as possible, they are looked upon with some favor in the case of Rubellite; its inclusions render this stone interesting from the point of view of the connoisseur. However, inclusions should also be subtle: such as the needle-type inclusions that are evidenced in this matched pair of very clean gemstones. From the famous nigerian discovery, this fine pair of Rubellites exhibits a deep intense rich red color and were probably cut from the same crystal. They are both facetted as portuguese pears and together weigh a total of 17.26 carats. They measure 21.15 x 10.6 mm and 20.24 x 10.55 mm respectively and are in excellent condition. Estimate: $5,500-$7,000
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49189 RARE GEMSTONE SET: PREHNITE ROUGH & CUT Merelani Hills (Mererani), Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania prehnite is a phyllosilicate of Calcium and Aluminum that most often forms as stalactitic or botryoidal aggregates. It was first described in 1789 by Hendrik von prehn and is the first mineral to be named in the honor of its discoverer. Rarely transparent enough to be used as a gemstone, it exhibits a vitreous to pearly luster with a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. This unusual rough and cut set is from a small find in Tanzania and the gemstone cutter was able to find a large enough piece of rough to facet a light yellowish-green sleepy 3.97 carat round portuguese-cut gemstone that measures 10.96 mm in diameter. There are several inclusions, one of which is a dark spot on the edge of the pavilion while another one is a veil near the girdle not unusual for prehnites. Accompanied by a matching mineral specimen from the same locality to show its original form, this rough and cut set is in fine condition. Estimate: $1,200-$1,600

49190 RARE GEMSTONE SET: BRAZILIANITE ROUGH & CUT Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil Brazilianite, whose name derives from its country of origin, Brazil, is a yellow-green phosphate mineral, most commonly found in phosphate-rich pegmatites. The only noted deposit of Brazilianite is found in Conselheiro pena, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Although this deposit has yielded a quantity of beautiful mineral specimens, they are rarely transparent enough, or clean enough, to facet into gemstones such as this 2.39 carat oval portuguese-cut gem. This light yellowish lime green gem has a veil inclusion, which has been oriented orthogonally to the table so that it has little effect on its overall appearance. This bright and lively gemstone measures 10.30 x 7.61 mm, and is accompanied by a matching 1-inch long Brazilianite crystal a rare and unusual rough and cut set. Estimate: $1,200-$1,600
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lapidary art

49191 AMETHYST MACAWS ON TOURMALINE AND QUARTZ MATRIX Artist: Peter Mller Stone Source: Brazil & Worldwide In a mating ritual, this matched pair of Amethyst macaws are captured with their wings outspread, dancing on a matrix of Tourmaline studded Quartz. Rendered in lilac Amethyst, both birds have red-orange coral tongues, red-purple Rhodolite Garnet eyes, and gold-plated sterling silver feet. Their hooked beaks have been carved out of banded Agate in tones of ochre, golden-yellow, brown, and orange. The larger male bird is 13 inches long and has a 10 inch wingspan, and the smaller female macaw is 12 inches long with a diminutive 8 inch wingspan. The pastel blue Tourmaline crystals, with bright pink cores, stand out in contrast to the colorless Quartz, accented with cream Albite and purple Lepidolite. Rendered by master lapidary peter Mller, this pristine gemstone carving rests on a rectangular acrylic plinth and has an overall measurement of 17 inches high, 17 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

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49192 MAJOR MITCHELLS COCKATOO COUPLE IN RED QUARTZ Artist: Peter Mller Stone Source: Brazil & Worldwide This mated pair of Major Mitchell Cockatoos (Cacatua leadbeateri) has been rendered in red Quartz from Bahia, Brazil. Widely considered the most beautiful of all cockatoos, Major Mitchells mate for life. This devoted couple has been captured looking at the viewer, with their heads slightly cocked and their reddish purple Garnet eyes staring inquisitively. The male has his crown feathers extended while the female sits docilely by his side. The male is 12 inches tall and 4 inches wide while the female is slightly smaller in stature at 10 inches tall and 3 inches wide. The red coloration of the Quartz is due to Hematite inclusions and it mimics the pink tones that Major Mitchells Cockatoos are known for. The birds prominent dual-color crown feathers have been carved from white Quartz and orange eosite. The couple both have gold-plated sterling silver feet and are standing on a waterclear Quartz prism. The Quartz crystal rests on a dark Granite base that conceals a light source. When lit, the Quartz crystal glows and highlights the perched birds. This wildlife sculpture is in fine condition and bears peter Mllers unique collection #8972. overall dimensions are 25 inches high x 7 inches wide x 7 inches deep. Estimate: $7,500-$10,500

49193 QUEEN OF BAVARIA PARROT COUPLE ON QUARTZ Artist: Peter Mller Stone Source: Mexico, Brazil & Worldwide Realistically and accurately rendered in rich orange Calcite and contrasting green Aventurine, this mated pair of Queen of Bavaria conures (Guaruba guarouba) stand nearly lifesize on a cluster of large, nearly transparent, Quartz crystals. Living in the upland rainforests in Amazonian Brazil, this endangered parrot is threatened by deforestation and flooding. The male parrot has his wings outstretched an impressive 10 inches, and like his mate, stands on gold plated sterling silver feet and sports Rhodolite Garnet eyes, white Marble eye-rings, and is 9 inches from the tip of his tail to the end of his beak. His life-long mate is a demure female who is also 9 inches tall and with her wings at her side is 3 inches wide. she is patiently listening to his discourse on the events of the day. Both conures are detailed down to their pinfeathers and rest on a striking 14 inch high Quartz cluster that sits on a black-stone, stepped, plinth measuring 6 x 6 inches. Created by master carver peter Mller, and bearing his unique collection number 9072, with overall measurements of 20 x 12 x 10 inches; it is in excellent condition. Estimate: $8,500-$12,000


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49194 TOCO TOUCAN ON TOURMALINE IN QUARTZ Artist: Peter Mller Stone Source: Brazil & Worldwide Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) is arguably the best-known species of the Toucan family. Master lapidary artist peter Mller has created a life-like rendition of this iconic bird in a plethora of natural stones: deep-black shiny obsidian for the body; pure white Quartz for the throat, chest and uppertail-coverts; strawberry-pink Rhodonite for the undertail-coverts; bright blue Lapis for the rings on the Rhodolite Garnet and eosite eyes; and finally the massive beak, which these birds are renown for, are carved of Agate, onyx and eosite. detailed down to the pinfeathers, he has alighting with his wings outstretched, landing with goldplated sterling silver feet on a colorless Quartz prism that is studded with bi-color pink and green Tourmaline (var. elbaite) crystals. The Tourmaline in Quartz specimen is from the famed sapo Mine of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The largest elbaite crystals are almost 5 inches in length and inches in diameter. some of the elbaites display gemmy, deep pink cores. The Toco Toucans wingspread is 10 inches wide; he is 10 inches long; and has a 3-inch long open beak. This carving bears peter Mllers unique collection #9167 and the sculpture has overall measurements of 15 inches high x 10 inches wide x 7 inches deep and rests on a plexiglass plinth measuring 7 inches square and 2 inches high. It is in excellent condition. Estimate: $6,500-$10,000

49195 PREHISTORIC AQUATIC SCULPTURE Artist: James Ivy Various species Eocene Green River Formation, Wyoming and Monte Baldo, Italy This charmingly whimsical sculpture is beautifully fashioned from dark-colored beaten iron ribbons to evoke the waving tendrils of the ancient seabed. standing upright from a layered dome base, this stylized marine flora plays host to six small Green River fossil fish, each beautifully prepared and presented in original matrix following the outer form of their bodies. Five are the Knightia eocena, the popular and well-known denizen of the Green River lake system 50 million years ago, and the sixth is the fat-bellied and characterful Priscacara liops, an extinct relative of the bass. each fossil is backed with a magnet and can be positioned anywhere on the sculpture. To complete the scene, at the base rests a small Italian crab fossil with robust claws with a well-preserved enamel-like appearance, and the whole highly decorative piece stands 29 inches high. Estimate: $3,500-$4,500

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49196 STRIKING AGATE BOWL Artist: Perry Davis Stone Source: China For thousands of years agate has been prized for its decorative and varied appearance in the art of hardstone carving. This present bowl is a perfect demonstration of its appeal. It has been hand-carved from a single piece of fine porcelain-like translucent agate displaying swirling, concentric patterns of deep red and warm orange, perfectly turned to create this beautiful objet, a round bowl with gently flared lip, 6 x 2 inches, with a padded metal flight case. Estimate: $1,400-$1,800

49197 DELICATE AGATE BOWL Artist: Perry Davis Stone Source: China This lovely and elegant bowl has been fashioned from one single piece of agate, painstakingly hand-carved into its present thin, undulating form. The delicately contoured lip flows with an organic naturalness, offset by the lovely soft cream coloring of the translucent stone, with delicate blushing areas of orange and mauve, and enlivened by areas of tiny clear quartz crystal growths. Measuring approximately 5 x 6 x 3 inches, it comes with a padded metal flight case. Estimate: $1,300-$1,500


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49198 FLUORITE BOWL China Artfully carved from one solid piece of fluorite to highlight the natural beauty of the translucent mineral, this bowl displays a lovely pale green coloring with the deep purple highlights familiar in Chinese fluorite, a result of iron, copper and other metal inclusions. The limpid colors and delicate transparency contribute to the impression of an impossibly fine and delicate objet, of gently flared, irregular ovoid form, with an integrated foot base, approximately 7 x 5 x 2 inches. Estimate: $500-$700

49199 FLUORITE BOWL China This beautiful bowl was carved by a Chinese master craftsman from one single piece of fluorite, and cunningly designed to maximize the regularity of the bi-colored crystal habit. Waving layers of delicate purple are interspersed with areas of colorless clarity and green blush, running horizontally around the bowl. With a lovely translucence and slightly irregular egg-shaped form, it rests on an integrated foot and measures 7 x 4 x 2 inches. Estimate: $500-$700

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49200 ROUND AGATE TABLETOP Madagascar Individual sliced sections of agate have been collaged together in this lovely tabletop to create a furnishing piece of remarkable natural beauty. each of the slices has been chosen for its harmonious coloring, and the whole surface is a riot of delicate blues, grays and whites, in the characteristic banded agate form, from wide parallel ribbons to impossible thin veins running with perfect regularity around the individual slices. Furthermore, several twinkle with white quartz crystals in their central sections, and such cavities as there are have been filled with clear resin to create a smooth and even surface, 28 inches in diameter. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

49201 FINE MALACHITE SPHERE Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zare) This large Malachite sphere has strong light-green and dark-green swirls due to the nature of the Malachite stalactite from which it was carved. Carved from a nearly solid piece of Malachite, it has a complex pattern of eyes and flowers with the occasional open vug showing the original surface. Reminiscent of the finest Russian Malachite of bygone era, the patterning of this Malachite from the Katanga Copper Crescent is exceptional. In fine condition, with a negligible amount of fill, it is well polished and measures an impressive 4 inches unusually large for this type of material. This highly patterned sphere comes with a black stand. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

49202 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 their 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 translucence and lovely delicate green/yellow color, this exceptional sculpture measures 2 x 2 x 1 inches. Estimate: $2,800-$3,200


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49203 GENTLEMANS METEORITE WATCH Muonionalusta fine (IVA) octahedrite Northern Sweden The dial of this fine piece of luxury apparel has been fashioned from a sliced and etched section of the famed swedish Muonionalusta meteorite. The incredible criss-crossing crystal lines of taenite and kamacite have been coated with sterling silver to give a highly shimmering metallic finish with simple metal inlays for the hours and a diamond at 12 oclock. The case and linked strap are of stainless steel and the reverse is stamped with a meteorite pictogram and informs that the movement is Japanese and the watch waterproof to 3ATM, in a plush-lined and covered presentation case. Estimate: $450-$600 49204 GENTLEMANS METEORITE WATCH Gibeon Iron, fine octahedrite Great Nama Land, Namibia The dial of this handsome watch has been fashioned from a sliced and etched section of the famed Gibeon meteorite. The extraterrestrial Widmansttten patterns have been exposed through polishing and etching with acid, in a shimmering, uncannily regular lattice pattern. The slightly beveled inner edge of the dial case is stamped with numerals at five-minute intervals with a 60-700 m/h tachymeter scale on the upper face. The reverse is stamped GenUIne GIBeon MeTeoRITe with a pictogram of a meteorite and water resistant to 3ATM, with a dark maroon leather strap, in a plush lined and covered presentation case. Estimate: $250-$400

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archeological artiFactS

Middle Archaic approx. 4,200 years B.P. Clute, Texas Gulf Coast


This remarkable artifact is the oldest known wooden bowl from the gulf Coastal Plain and represents an artifact type unknown in the prehistoric wooden artifact inventory of the Archaic period of Texas. It was discovered by chance during the excavation of Mammoth remains in a commercial sandpit in Clute, Texas, approximately 11 miles inland from the gulf of Mexico. The geological unit in which it was unearthed is part of the middle to late Pleistocene Beaumont Formation, replete with wooden tree trunks and limbs, estuarine clay with oysters (Crassostrea virginica) still in growth position, and various bone remains of Mammoth, horse, bison and other megafauna. The bowl was found out of context close to the Mammoth bones and it is believed that the original owner left it near the ancient rivers edge and that it was deposited downstream on a point bar and subsequently buried within the alluvium of the Brazos River. It is significant in part for demonstrating the use of organic artifacts in this period, previously assumed only from secondary evidence. Wooden artifacts are not typically preserved at archaeological sites, especially in the southeastern United States, where post-depositional physical, biological, and chemical processes are antipathetic to long-term preservation. This was an isolated find at the site; no other artifacts were recovered. It would seem that the bowl survived thanks to the permanently saturated conditions in which it lay until the water table was artificially lowered by the commercial sand operations. Although such a wooden bowl is unprecedented in this area and from this time period, it is not entirely surprising given the widespread presence of stone gouges at this period. Fashioned from live oak (Quercus virginiana), a native of the southeastern United States, it displays cut marks in a number of areas on the interior consistent with the use of a stone adze, such as a Clear Fork gouge or similar tool, which is well represented in the Archaic period assemblages of Texas. only two areas of cutting are identifiable on the exterior and whilst none of these marks shows a preferred orientation, a few areas display repeated unidirectional marks denoting chopping and scraping. There is no evidence of burning or heating of the wood, which suggests that the bowl was manufactured by chopping out the interior portion of the bowl with stone tools, and the surfaces subsequently ground smooth; the round shape and tight, wavy cross-grain suggest that it was made from a knot. No residues were found on the interior or exterior of the bowl and washes of the interior yielded only pollen found in the modern environment, providing no useful information about the bowls use or function. Wooden bowls are rare in the archaeological record of the southeastern United States. At the Windover site, Florida, a small carved bowl or cup made of live oak was found at a burial site; this specimen is smaller than the Texas specimen and was found along with a bottle gourd and a wooden mortar made also of live oak. Two similar mortars were also recovered from a pond in the ocala National Forest; both were created by burning and cutting and dated to about 2500 years B.P., making the present bowl a significantly different and unique find. The bowl is irregular in shape, but is generally round with a maximum thickness of approximately inches (19.8 mm), an approximate maximum width of 7 inches (17.9 cm), and a maximum depth of approximately 2 inches (6.1 cm) with a capacity of almost 2 pints (850 ml). Its form flares gently upward with low sloping walls and generally rounded rims varying from 8.4 to 16.1 mm in thickness. The bowl was conserved using silicon oils to prevent shrinkage and disintegration, a method that safely preserves the wood and original morphology of the bowl. The age of the bowl was determined by carbon dating and comparison with carbon and luminescence dating of both older and younger adjacent material and a full scientific report was prepared by dr. Michael R. Waters and dr. Robert Bonnischen of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, departments of Anthropology and geography, Texas A&M University, College Station; Shanna daniel of the QAR Project Conservation laboratory, East Carolina University; and Juan Urista of the department of Anthropology at Radford University, Virginia.

Estimate: $140,000-$180,000


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49206 SIKHOTE-ALIN COMPLETE METEORITE WITH HOLE FROM THE BIGGEST METEORITE SHOWER OF THE LAST SEVERAL THOUSAND YEARS Iron, coarse octahedrite Maritime Territory, Siberia The following 4 lots originated from one of the most frightening natural phenomena ever experienced: the largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization. According to eyewitness accounts, the sky appeared to be on fire while unzipping apart, a nightmarish vision punctuated by terrifying detonations. It was at 10.30 AM on February 12, 1947 that the sky was briefly ablaze above siberias sikhote-Alin Mountains. Craters were created, trees were impaled, yet no one was injured as the impact area was unpopulated. This is a choice, animated specimen from this historic meteorite shower. Featuring both a rare and sought-after naturally formed hole as well as aerodynamically formed regmaglypts (thumbprints) proof that this specimen was sculpted by frictional heating in our upper atmosphere at temperatures hotter than surface of the sun (~10,000 F). now offered is a captivating palm-sized extraterrestrial example from an historic impact event. 49 x 33 x 27 mm (2 x 1 x 1 inches) and 83 grams. Estimate: $700-$900

49207 SIKHOTE-ALIN COMPLETE METEORITE WITH NATURAL HOLE Iron, IIAB coarse octahedrite Paseka, Primorskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia of the famed sikhote-Alin fall of 1947, there are two types of meteorite. one type is the roughly textured shrapnel-like pieces that were torn off the main mass during its fiery passage through the atmosphere. The present specimen is of the other type, however, presumed to have detached somewhat earlier and bearing a distinctly different appearance. This example has the typical deep gun metal patina, smooth thumbprint-like regmaglypts and a beautifully smooth texture across much of its surface, as though polished and burnished, with a deep black gleam. one side has a more roughly-textured finish, in excellent contrast, but the main point of interest is the rare occurrence of a natural aperture near one edge of the meteorite, an almost perfectly circular hole formed by the contortions and melting superheat undergone by the meteorite on its passage to earth. specimens with natural holes are so infrequently seen that they are sought after by enthusiasts; less than 1 in 1,000 meteorites exhibit a natural hole. An excellent, unusual and aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 2 x 2 x 1 inches, and weighs 125 grams. Provenance: Geoff Notkin collection, co-host of Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $800-$1,000


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49208 SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE WITH NATURAL HOLE Iron, IIAB coarse octahedrite Paseka, Primorskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia The meteorites of the Sikhote-Alin fall are much sought after, not only for their relatively recent arrival on Earth their fall in the Maritime Territory of Siberia in 1947 was commemorated on a Russian postage stamp but also for their aesthetic qualities. The present specimen is a stand-out, however, even among such beautiful space objects. Almost entirely flat, it bears the distinctively beautiful dark gleaming gun metal patina with hints of rust-red oxidization, but also boasts a small natural aperture, an ovular hole formed by the twisting and melting of the metal as it plummeted through the Earths atmosphere; specimens with holes are extremely rare and highly desired by collectors. A slender protruding section almost joins up with the main mass to create a second, larger aperture, making for a hugely characterful and unusual specimen, approximately 2 x 1 x inches, and weighs 47.7 grams. Provenance: Geoff Notkin collection, co-host of Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $400-$600

49209 SIKHOTE-ALIN LARGE ETCHED END PIECE Iron, IIAB coarse octahedrite Paseka, Primorskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia When cut, polished, and etched with a weak solution of acid, most iron meteorites display a complex lattice-like crystalline structure known as the Widmansttten Pattern. The bands that form this structure are the result of extremely slow cooling from a molten state, in space, and are usually very thin. Sikhote-Alin is described as a coarsest octahedrite, meaning the bands are very wide. In fact, in order to see the bands, a very large surface area is required, so etched samples of Sikhote-Alin are seldom seen. This spectacular end cut is actually half of a large specimen, and has been expertly cut, polished, and etched to reveal Sikhote-Alins unique interior pattern. While the interior is a metallic mirror of nickel-iron kamacite/taenite glistening with pockets of crystalline brezinaite, the exterior features dark metallic fusion crust veined with ridges and texture, rippling like some violent extraterrestrial ocean. A superb large specimen, it measures approximately 7 x 4 x 2 inches, 3,259 grams (7.18 pounds). Provenance: Geoff Notkin collection, co-host of Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $2,000-$2,800
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49210 SAN JUAN ORIENTED HEAT SHIELD METEORITE Ordinary chondrite L5 Taltal, Antofagasta, Chile The San Juan strewnfield in chiles Atacama desert was featured in a fan-favorite second season episode of the television show Meteorite Men. Following a lengthy search, the shows stars found only a single meteorite, but it was a spectacular one. Exhibiting good fusion crust, distinct orientation, and a very well defined rollover lip, this actual meteorite was found on camera and featured in that episode. The stone was classified by dr. Mike Zolensky of nASAs Johnson Flight center. A few slices were removed for classification and study, and the remaining piece is described as the main mass the largest extant piece of a single meteorite. This unearthly stone possesses a lovely smooth black fusion crust coming to a distinct point and is covered with gently undulating flow lines. The sliced face has been polished to reveal the densely patterned interior of chondrules, a lovely warm redbrown color sparkling with silvery inclusions. The exterior is further enlivened by some gentle regmaglypts and fissures, and one end opposite the oriented point is naturally flattened allowing for straightforward display. A fine and aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 4 x 3 x 1 inches, 638.7 grams, and an original photograph of this San Juan stone meteorite was featured in Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space, written by Geoff notkin. A signed copy of the book accompanies this lot, as does a dVd copy (not available for sale) of the television episode in which this unique meteorite was found. Discovered by Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin while filming The Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $3,500-$4,500


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49211 MIFFLIN COMPLETE ORIENTED METEORITE FRESH FALL FROM 2010 Ordinary chondrite L5, S1 Mifflin, Iowa Co, Wisconsin on April 14, 2010, a huge fireball was observed streaking across the skies above the American mid-west before the residents of the small township of Mifflin were deafened by thunderous explosions as the meteorite shower hit the Earth. The fall was significant for a number of reasons, first of all being one of the most recent witnessed meteorite showers; not only that, but the fireball was actually photographed from the roof of the Atmospheric and oceanic Sciences building at the university of Wisconsin-Madison. Meteorite hunters descended on the site, and a long and thorough search provided a surprisingly small number of stones. Steve Arnold and Geoff notkin of TVs Meteorite Men rushed to Wisconsin, and found three stones, of which only one this specimen was oriented. oriented meteorites are among the rarest of meteorites, and are highly prized by collectors. This oriented specimen, found and featured on camera, is almost entirely covered in a warm black fusion crust with a lovely delicate texture, and a hint of deep red oxidization. In addition, the crust on one small ridge area has broken away, revealing the attractive, highly brecciated interior. A fine example of an already historic fall, it measures approximately 1 x 1 x inches, 42.0 grams, and is accompanied by a dVd of the television show Meteorite Men, in which episode this very specimen was discovered. Discovered by Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin while filming The Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $2,800-$3,200

49212 VACA MUERTA A FINE METEORITE SLICE Stony-iron Mesosiderite A1 Atacama Desert, Chile Mesosiderites are a rare form of stony-iron meteorite composed of roughly equal parts of nickel-iron and silicate. one of the most famous mesosiderites is the Vaca Muerta (Spanish for dead cow), found in the Atacama desert in chile; in 1861 ore prospectors discovered hundreds of fragments strewn across a large field and initially took the shiny inclusions to be evidence of a silver ore outcrop before their extraterrestrial origin was determined. The find area was later meticulously surveyed by meteoriticists, making it one of the bestmapped and best-studied strewnfields in history. As a result, nearly all representative specimens belong to research institutions and quality specimens are almost never offered for sale. In the fall of 2010 meteorite hunters Geoff notkin and Steve Arnold searched for meteorites at the Vaca Muerta site, while filming an episode of their series Meteorite Men. At the very end of the expedition they recovered a 3.4-kg complete Vaca Muerta mass, on camera. The specimen was cut and prepared by Marlin cilz of the Montana Meteorite laboratory, and verified by dr. laurence Garvie of the center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State university. both meteorite experts stated that it was one of the finest mesosiderites they had ever seen. This large full slice is not only an exemplary mesosiderite specimen, but also has a unique provenance-a piece of one of the Meteorite Mens greatest discoveries. only nine slices were offered for sale, and this is one of the largest and best. With a complete rind of desert varnish, both faces have been polished smooth and one brought to a gleaming finish to show off the lovely speckled patterning, with a strong silvery sheen and countless inclusions. The specimen measures approximately 5 x 4 x inches, 158.2 grams; a photograph of half of the Vaca Muerta mass was featured in Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space, written by Geoff notkin, and a signed copy of the book accompanies this lot, as does a dVd copy (not available for sale) of the television episode in which this remarkable meteorite was found. Discovered by Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin while filming The Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $3,000-$3,800

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49213 JUANCHENG HARBINGER OF DEATH Ordinary chondrite H5 Shandong Province, China The shower of over 1000 small meteorites that fell on the yellow River farmland on February 15, 1997, quickly became an object of interest to meteorite hunters from all over the world. but for the chinese people it had a greater significance; said one man our leader protects us from all frontiers, and when the sky-tissue that separates us from the heavens is torn by a rain of stones, it is time for our leader to go and protect us, from his new home in the heavens. Indeed, communist Party chairman deng xiaoping kindly obliged the misnomer by dying four days later, which only made the specimens from this fall even more sought after hundreds of chinese including masses of schoolchildren flocked to the site in search of these prophetic mementoes. The present example is a beautifully aesthetic specimen, mostly covered in a lovely dark smooth primary fusion crust, with a large section of secondary crust in a more textured, paler metallic color, and areas where the interior is revealed. lightly patterned with contrasting red oxidization areas, the stone shimmers all over with metallic points, and presents a lovely compact form with gentle regmaglypts, an unusual feature on stony meteorites. In fact, the regmaglypts on this specimen are so superb that the specimen is featured on page 16 of Meteorite Hunting: How to Find Treasure From Space. The stone measures approximately 3 x 3 x 2 inches, 827 grams, and is offered with a copy of the said book, signed by the author. Provenance: Geoff Notkin collection, co-host of Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $2,800-$3,200


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49214 ESQUEL SPACE GEM SLICE Pallasite, PMG Chubut Province, Argentina Pallasites are among the most sought-after of all meteorites, not only for their rarity, but for the incredible space gems they contain. Pallasites originate from the boundary between the molten iron core and the stony mantle of a large planetary body that no longer exists it broke apart billions of years ago to create the Asteroid belt whilst the solar system was still in the process of being formed. only the outer surface of the molten iron was exposed to the fragments of the stony mantle, which crystallized into the olivine gems, and which accounts for the pallasites rarity comprising less than 1% of all known meteorites. of this class of meteorite, the Esquel is among the finest, sometimes called the Queen of the Pallasites, having experienced relatively little shock and typically containing highly translucent, well-formed crystals of golden yellow olivine. This gorgeous example is a thin slice with superb pale gems dotting the silvery matrix, and one particularly dense cluster at one corner, measuring approximately 4 x 3 x 116 inches, 63.7 grams, in a membrane case. Provenance: Geoff Notkin collection, co-host of Science Channels award-winning series Meteorite Men. Estimate: $3,000-$3,800 49215 GLORIETA MOUNTAIN PARTIAL SLICE OF A FABLED AMERICAN METEORITE Stony-Iron PAL-ANOM (Pallasite) Glorieta Mountain, New Mexico This is the fine partial slice of the famed Glorieta Mountain meteorite. less than 1% of all meteorites are pallasites (meteorites which contain crystals of olivine suspended in a nickel-iron matrix) the most resplendent of all meteorites and Glorieta Mountain is among the most coveted. Glorieta Mountain is classified as a pallasite (meteorites which contain olivine crystals) yet the vast majority of Glorieta Mountain specimens are bereft of olivine. Glorieta Mountain is a transitional pallasite; there are specimens with no olivine, some olivine and then, there are specimens like the current offering: brightly translucent crystals of olivine (birthstone of August) scattered throughout the matrix. This partial slice originates from the well-documented and historic 20 kilogram Glorieta Mountain mass recovered by meteorite hunter Steve Schoner following seventy searches of two to three weeks over a period of fifteen years. Glorieta Mountain is chemically and morphologically unique and occupies its own sub-class (a complete slice of this fabled meteorite is the frontispiece of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites). The specimen now offered also contains a liberal sprinkling of large dark grey inclusions of troilite (iron sulfide), a signature of Glorieta Mountain pallasite specimens. 69 x 77 x 3 mm (2 x 3 x 764 inches) and 54.9 grams. Provenance: Macovich Collection Estimate: $1,500-$2,000
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49216 SEYMCHAN END PIECE OF A LARGE METEORITE WITH INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SURFACES REVEALED Pallasite PAL Hekandue River, Seymchan, Magadan District, Russia Two large metallic masses were found in the 1960s in a streambed in a part of Siberia made infamous as the remote location of Stalins gulags. Identified as meteorites, they were named Seymchan for a nearby town. unlike Imilac and Esquel, and the vast majority of other pallasitic meteorites, the dispersion of olivine crystals in Seymchan is extremely heterogenous. Some specimens are olivine rich and some are olivine poor; some specimens have no olivine whatsoever. This exquisite display piece provides an impressive reveal on the internal and external structure of an iron meteorite to marvelous effect. While only a couple of olivine crystals dot the metallic matrix, the shallow pockmarks seen on the reverse surface indicate the presence of hundreds of crystals which melted-out during the meteorites descent to Earth. Seymchan possesses what is possibly the most resplendent coarse octahedral crystalline pattern known, which this specimen exhibits to great effect as an otherworldly scroll. Punctuated by inclusions of schreibersite and black iron-rich silicates, this elongated end piece is an intriguing study of the interior structure and exterior surface of an iron meteorite. With an impressive size, measuring 450 x 190 x 55 mm (17 x 7 x 2 inches) and weighing 13.5 kilograms (29.75 pounds). Provenance: Macovich Collection Estimate: $11,000-$15,000 49217 DRAMATIC METEORITE END-PIECE Muonionalusta Fine (IVA) octahedrite Northern Sweden not only is the Muonionalusta an extremely difficult meteorite to recover from the northern wastes of Sweden, but it is also significant as the first iron meteorite in which stishovite has been found, a rare and extremely hard silicon dioxide polymorph of quartz formed by the very high shock pressure and hypervelocity of the meteorites impact. If sliced open, as here, and etched with nitric acid, the Muonionalusta also displays the classic Widmansttten patterns of iron meteorites an unearthly metallic grid in shimmering shades of gray and silver with a pronounced appearance of threedimensionality in these specimens. And the present example can boast the best of both worlds; a large end section, its exterior covered with a lovely dark-colored fusion crust, finely textured, and with contrasting touches of rust-red coloration. An excellent example of a highly collectible meteorite, it measures approximately 10 x 4 x 2 inches and weighs 5.8 kilograms (12.75 pounds). Estimate: $2,200-$2,600


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49218 CAMPO DEL CIELO COMPLETE IRON METEORITE Iron, coarse octahedrite Gran Chaco, Argentina Fitting perfectly into the hand, this classic example of the well-known campo del cielo meteorite fall has the elusive definability of a cloud-form; with ridges and gullies, gradations of color from black to gray to silver and brown-red rust traces, and an elongated form that undulates gently in a fashion that is highly aesthetic from any angle. originating in the renowned Valley of the Sky in Argentina, it is a terrific example of a natural extraterrestrial sculpture, measuring approximately 7 x 4 x 4 inches and weighing 4.4 kilograms (9.70 pounds), presented on an ebonized metal display stand. Estimate: $700-$900

49219 MUONIONALUSTA METEORITE COMPLETE SLICE Fine (IVA) octahedrite Northern Sweden First discovered in 1906, the Muonionalusta meteorites are believed to have fallen over 500,000 years ago, although only a handful have been recovered, and searches for the impact crater from the original shower have been in vain. but this remote area of northern Sweden, well into the Arctic circle, has yielded some impressive finds, and it has been conjectured that they may have been transported by glacial action from the original, ancient strewnfield. Rarity and difficulty of recovery make these specimens uncommon on the market, and the present example is of impressive size, measuring approximately 18 x 10 x inches and weighing 2300 grams (5 pounds). The Muonionalusta is also significant as the first iron meteorite in which stishovite was found, a rare and extremely hard silicon dioxide polymorph of quartz that is formed by very high shock pressure and hypervelocity such as in a meteorite impact. Sliced and etched, however, the Muonionalusta also displays the classic Widmansttten patterns of iron meteorites an unearthly metallic grid in shimmering shades of gray and silver. The present example retains a full rind of fusion crust and both faces have been etched to reveal the criss-crossing patterns of kamacite and taenite, making for a highly attractive and aesthetic specimen. Estimate: $2,600-$3,000
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49220 FINE IRON METEORITE SLICE NWA 6565 medium octahedrite Sahara Desert From a relatively recently discovered north African meteorite, this is a fine complete slice, with a rim of fusion crust, and etched on one side to expose the marvelous Widmansttten patterning of hyper-shocked kamacite and taenite interspersed with plessite. named for count Alois von beckh Widmansttten, curator of the Austrian emperors cabinet of technological curiosities and director of the Imperial porcelain works in the early 19th century, these patterns are exposed only after slicing, polishing and nitric acid etching, and are unique to the crystalline structure of iron octahedrites. The wonderfully soft criss-crossing patterns are further enlivened by a striking black vein, denoting some massive trauma to the mass in deep space, possibly even the collision and fusion of two separate meteorites. The reverse has simply been polished to a mirror-like metallic sheen, but bears shadowy hints of the patterning, a feature that doubtless prompted Widmansttten to make his remarkable discovery. An excellent specimen, the meteorite is currently undergoing research and has the provisional name of nWA 6565; it measures approximately 12 x 8 x 316 inches and weighs 1592 grams (3.5 pounds). Estimate: $2,500-$2,800

49221 GIBEON WHALE OF A METEORITE Iron, fine octahedrite Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia This most engaging meteorite bears a striking semblance to the tail of a whale above the waters surface. Recovered in 1990 at the edge of the Kalahari desert where conditions are perfect for occasionally rendering such inexplicably shaped meteorites. Surprisingly heavy and impossible to resist gripping below its tail, this enchanting whale of a meteorite is accompanied by a custom pedestal and a Macovich collection provenance the finest collection of aesthetic iron meteorites in the world. If this meteorite were cut, it would exhibit the same crystalline pattern as the next lot. Measuring 178 x 111 x 117 mm (7 x 4 x 4 inches) and 3216 grams (7 pounds). Estimate: $4,500-$5,500


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49222 GIBEON INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF AN IRON METEORITE REVEALED IN AESTHETIC SPECIMEN Iron, fine octahedrite Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia Recovered from the edge of the Kalahari desert, Gibeon meteorites are the bounty of a huge meteorite shower that occurred many thousands of years ago. When cut and etched, the intergrowth of Gibeons nickel-iron alloys is revealed in an exquisite natural design known as Widmansttten pattern. As this pattern does not appear in terrestrial iron ores, its presence is diagnostic in the identification of a meteorite and a Gibeon meteorites etch, as seen here, is sublime. The shape of the current offering is both alluring and highly aesthetic. The exterior surface is animated with undulating crests and ridges while the crystalline pattern evokes an ancient extraterrestrial scroll. This is an outstanding example of the interior and exterior of an iron meteorite; 134 x 42 x 39 mm (5 x 2 x 1 inches) and 823 grams (1.75 pounds). Estimate: $750-$1,000

49223 MAYO BELWA AN EXOTIC METEORITE FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Aubrite AUB Adamawa Local Authority, Nigeria The Mayo belwa meteorite fell on August 3, 1974 in nigeria. only one stone weighing less than 5 kilos was ever recovered. Mayo belwa is one of only nine witnessed falls of an aubrite the class of rare meteorites to which it belongs. Rich in enstatite, Mayo belwa contains amphibole, an iron-magesium silicate commonly found in igneous and metamorphic rocks. This slice exhibits the characteristic and extremely unusual vesicles and highly shocked olivine rarely seen in other enstatite achondrites. For the sophisticated collector... meteorite cognoscenti... this is a superb example of a meteorite that is offered only once in a blue moon. Measuring 38 x 35 x 3 mm and 8.24 grams. Provenance: British Museum of Natural History; Macovich Collection Estimate: $2,400-$3,000

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49224 FINE STONY METEORITE ENDPIECE Sayh al Uhaymir 504 ordinary chondrite, L5/6 Oman numerous stony meteorites have been recovered from the deserts of oman, and this specimen represents one of the more recent discoveries, found only last year in a mass of 20 kg and so far unexamined in detail. This lovely end piece, however, appeals most immediately on aesthetic terms, the wonderfully characterful desert varnished fusion crust displaying a rocky appearance of peaks and sharp ridges in a soft red-gray color. The sliced face, however, is yet more appealing; brought to a high polished finish and revealing the lovely speckled interior, with a strong deep purple-red coloring, and the internal fissures that tell of the massive pressures experienced by the rock as it plummeted through space and the fiery shield of the Earths atmosphere. It shows a good amount of hematite/magnetite spotting and sparse chondrules, a fine aesthetic cabinet specimen, approximately 5 x 2 x 2 inches, 514.2 grams (1.13 pounds). Estimate: $450-$600

49225 FINE COMPLETE METEORITE FROM VESTA Achondrite (Diogenite) North-West Africa diogenites are a specific form of HEd (Howardite-Eucrite-diogenite), the class of stony meteorite believed to have originated some one billion years ago from the asteroid 4 Vesta. This fine specimen has been unclassified, but remains a superbly aesthetic example. unusually, the dark gray fusion crust displays a lovely smoothness to its well-defined form, with the subtlest of textures caused by delicate flow lines. The crust has worn away in a couple of small areas to reveal the pale interior, and one small protrusion has been sliced off and the inside face brought to a matt polished finish to display the intricate cream and pale green-gray speckling of the matrix within. A fine and aesthetic collectors piece, it measures approximately 2 x 2 x 1 inches, 202 grams (0.44 pounds). Estimate: $4,500-$5,500


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49226 FINE AND RARE EUCRITE COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL Achondrite (HED Brecciated Eucrite) North-West Africa The eucrite class of meteorites is amongst several believed to have originated from the crust of the asteroid 4 Vesta. A massive collision some time less than 1 billion years ago resulted in the loss of approximately 1% of the asteroids mass; much of which made its way to Earth in the form of Howardite-Eucritediogenite meteorites. Eucrites are a particularly rare class of meteorite, and this is a particularly aesthetic example: an almost complete specimen of lovely rounded form, with a characterfully rough fusion crust enlivened by pale speckles of the interior composition. Furthermore, one area has been sliced open to reveal the attractive interior of light colored clasts in a dark matrix, brought to a matt polished finish, approximately 2 x 2 x 1 inches, 255 grams (0.56 pounds). A slice of this meteorite has been submitted for study but will not receive an official meteorite name until a few more grams are donated. This provides one with an opportunity to participate in official meteorite sciences and be the owner of the main mass of a fascinating meteorite. Estimate: $2,500-$2,800

49227 FINE SLICE OF THE ASTEROID VESTA NWA 4664 Achondrite (Diogenite, polymict brecchia) Algeria First discovered in 2006, this is a complete slice from a fall comprising a number of separate stones but amassing only 20 kg in total were recovered. It has been classified as a diogenite, a specific type of achondrite meteorite originating deep within the crust of the asteroid 4 Vesta. They are named after diogenes of Appolonia, the fifth century bc Greek philosopher who was the first to identify the extraterrestrial origin of meteorites. The present slice retains a complete rind of pale rough fusion crust, and displays on both sides the lovely speckled patterning of the stones interior. The nWA 4664 is an unusual diogenite in that it contains characteristic broken pyroxene crystals along with countless small clasts of very dark magnesium-rich olivine and plagioclase feldspar. This wonderful natural composition is displayed to best advantage with a flat finish on one side and a glossy polished finish on the other with a lovely spacey bluegreen tinge, of roughly triangular form, approximately 4 x 3 x inches and weighing 64.32 grams. Estimate: $800-$1,200

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fossil casts

saber-toothed tiger
Smilodon populator Pleistocene 200,000 Years Old La Paz Beds, La Paz, Uruguay

Probably the most awe-inspiring mammal in prehistory is the great saber-toothed cat, smilodon. With its huge lion-like body and 7 inch long serrated canines or sabers, it was a formidable killer that was most likely the top carnivore in any ancient ecosystem. smilodon stands above all saber-cats in possessing the very largest canine teeth ever found in the fossil record. smilodons huge fangs were most likely used in a very specialized fashion where the neck of the prey animal was targeted so that the carotid artery and/or the windpipe would be severed by a single bite, thereby rendering the prey instantly motionless. Minimizing the struggle of dying prey is a good strategy to prevent combat injury and thus, would likely extend the life span of any predator that could develop an effective tactic that would render their prey instantly helpless. only a very long and serrated canine would be effective for attacking huge prey with large necks, so the evolution of a giant serrated saber was necessary for this method of hunting to be successful. smilodon fossils are regarded as the most desirable mammal fossils of all and rival the vaunted t. rex in desirability among serious fossil collectors. there are two types of smilodon known: smilodon fatalis, which is what is found at the La brea tar Pits and across North and Central america and Western south america, and smilodon populator, which is known only east of the andes Mountains, and possibly from sites in the Caribbean isles and Florida. smilodon populator is much larger than its american cousin; with a bigger skull and larger sabers, and bigger, stronger bones. this is probably an adaptation for taking prehistoric proboscideans (elephants) as prey. Proboscideans are very powerful animals and dangerous with their large defensive tusks, so any predator that would be hunting them would have to be extremely powerful and deadly. Proboscideans were more common in the Pleistocene of south america and thus were a plentiful food source that required special adaptations, exhibited by smilodon populator, to exploit. one of these adaptations, in addition to their larger and more powerful build, was elongation and strengthening of the forelimbs relative to smilodon fatalis. this adaptation would allow smilodon populator to attack tall prey, e.g. elephants, more effectively. No cast replica of smilodon populator has ever been available before, so this copy is the first one made available to the public. the original specimen resides in a private collection in China. a professionally-crafted exact replica of the largest mounted smilodon skeleton known measuring 66 inches tall by 61 inches, front-to-back, with a 14 inch skull with 7 inch sabers. an exceptional museum display mount of a very rare saber cat.

Estimate: $8,000-$10,000


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49229 FINE ALLOSAURUS SKULL CAST Allosaurus jimmadseni Jurassic Morrison formation, Dana Quarry, Washakie Co, Wyoming The Allosaurus was a large, fierce theropod dinosaur; a voracious predator accurately described as the T-Rex of the Jurassic Period, 150 million years ago. It grew up to 30 feet in length and was armed with a mouth full of knife-like teeth, hand-claws like razors, and foot-claws like daggers. This is a cast of the recently excavated Allosaurus skull from the dana Quarry in Wyoming; although a relatively newly investigated site, the dana Quarry is already famous for outstandingly well-preserved dinosaurs. This particular Allosaur was named dracula because it was found biting the leg bone of a Stegosaurus, and because it was complete with nearly all of its teeth in place, an almost unheard-of characteristic; usually, if present, the teeth have fallen from the jaw bone, but this was a rare instance of the complete dentary arrangement being preserved in situ. This cast skull is a faultless reproduction of dracula, the virtually complete Allosaurus being offered in Session one of this auction. With superlative bone texture and a lovely dark patina, it measures 29 inches long by 30 inches high. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800

49230 ALLOSAURUS SKULL CAST Allosaurus jimmadseni Jurassic Morrison formation, Dana Quarry, Washakie Co, Wyoming This cast was taken from the skull of the famous dracula Allosaurus, found only a couple of years ago at the dana Quarry and is being offered in Session one of this auction. Although only relatively recently investigated, this site is fast gaining in stature as a source for some superlative Jurassic fossils. Whilst casts have been made of the inflated skull, the present piece represents the original skull exactly as it was found in the ground. The significance of this is that by capturing the specimen in its original, unearthed condition, it allows for direct morphological examination to be performed without hidden visual obstructions, which occurs when restoration or reconstruction is added to the display preparation; that is to say it is the ideal form for a research quality cast. The skull is represented in profile with both sides accessible and with much of the dentition visible. Some of the surrounding matrix has been reproduced as well and displays rather flattened but retaining a good measure of three-dimensionality in places, and measures approximately 30 x 22 inches. Most Allosaurs are found with their skulls in fragments and loose piles; but dracula represents one of the very few with a fully articulated, undistorted skull, allowing a rare look for researchers into the exact position and orientation of Allosaur skull bones. Estimate: $1,200-$1,400
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49231 MATING INSECTS IN AMBER Diptera: Chironomidae Oligocene La Toca Mines, near Santiago, Dominican Republic The abundant fossil amber deposits of the high mountains around Santiago in the dominican Republic are renowned for their inclusions; snapshots of life 30 million years ago. Few specimens illustrate that moment-in-time characteristic better than this one: two midges caught in flagrante delicto, overtaken by sticky, oozing tree resin at the moment of copulation. not only is it a fascinating conversation piece and a perfect window into a vanished world, but the diptera order is of great importance to science blood-sucking midges, they carry with them perfectly preserved genetic material from the larger creatures upon which they preyed; a scientific fact that was used as the basis for the fantasy of Jurassic Park. A fine and rare piece, it has been polished into a flattened oval cabochon, 1 x x 516 inches in a clear collectors box with magnifier. Estimate: $1,500-$1,800

49232 RARE PRAYING MANTIS IN AMBER Mantodea order Oligocene La Toca Mines, near Santiago, Dominican Republic Amber is a beautiful, naturally occurring substance, fossilized from oozing tree resin 30 million years ago. occasionally, its appeal is enhanced by the presence of small pieces of floral debris or even insect life, caught in the sticky ooze and imprisoned in suspended animation for all eternity. This present specimen boasts one of the rarest and most sought after of all inclusions; the Praying Mantis. When found at all, these ferocious insects are usually distorted or lacking limbs due to their fearful struggle to escape the inexorable ooze. This example, however, is preserved to perfection, right down to the color patterns on its slender legs, fine arm spikes, delicate antennae, and large compound eyes. An incredible snapshot of ancient life, the insect measures approximately inch long encased in a lovely polished golden nugget measuring 1 x 1 x 1 inches. As an added attraction; the piece also contains three large and perfectly preserved click beetles, making it a superb museum-quality specimen. Estimate: $1,500-$1,800

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49233 LARGE AMBER-ENTRAPPED SPIDER Order: Araneae Oligocene Dominican Republic A superb example of suspended animation preserved for over 30 million years, this is a particularly large spider, captured in the slowly dripping resin of an ancient Hymenaea tree in what is todays dominican Republic. Frequently all these amber nuggets contain are miscellaneous bits of flora, and what creatures get preserved in this manner tend to be small to microscopic; the present specimen, however, measures over inch long, with splayed legs and flattened, hairy body, a fine specimen in a pale golden polished cabochon, 1316 inches wide. Estimate: $250-$350

49235 FLIES IN AMBER Various species Oligocene Dominican Republic Thirty million years ago these three little flies were going about their business unawares, when the oozing resin of the Hymenaea protera crept inexorably down the trunk of the tree; engulfing the insects and preserving them in a gorgeous golden prison for all eternity. Each is visible down to the tiniest detail, a snapshot of prehistoric life perfectly preserved; one has its wings dramatically outstretched, its body curved and its legs splayed in all directions. A superb example, the cabochon has been brought to a high polished finish and measures approximately 1 x 1 x 1 inches. Estimate: $350-$500

49234 PAIR OF AMBER CABOCHONS Arachnida Eocene Baltic coast, Russia True amber is the fossilized tree resin which, in the baltic region of Russia, derives from trees that grew over 40 million years ago. When polished, its beauty is remarkable enough as it is, but occasionally one will find a specimen that tells a deeper story. As the resin oozed down the tree trunks it would engulf anything in its path, and occasionally that included insects. Here are two small cabochons, each with a fascinating tale to tell: in one, a tiny spider is preserved in a golden prison of complete clarity, captured exactly as it was in life all those years ago, down to the finest detail. The next contains a related creature, this time a jumping spider, perfect in every detail right down to the impossibly fine hairs that bristle along its jointed legs; frozen in their struggle to escape. brought to a lovely polished finish and each possessing beautiful clear golden color, the amber cabochons measure approximately 1 and 2 inches long respectively. Estimate: $250-$350

49236 MULTIPLE INSECTS IN AMBER Various species Oligocene Dominican Republic The perfect preservation of an insect physically unchanged over millions of years is possible only through the fossilization of tree resin. As the sticky substance oozed from the tree, it would often trap unwitting insects in its path, and fossilized over millions of years into the beautiful golden amber we know today. This is a splendid specimen, full of tiny grubs and midges, the largest of which measures inch long. Further enlivened by characterful natural planes and air bubbles within the polished amber, the whole piece measures 1 inches long. Estimate: $250-$350


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49237 LARGE LEAF IN AMBER Hymenaea protera Oligocene Dominican Republic The name Amber comes from the old Arabic word anbargris, or ambergris, the oily perfumed substance produced in the digestive tract of the sperm whale. The Romans knew it as suceinum, or gum-stone, and by the presence of insects and small recognizable pieces of floral matter trapped within, correctly deduced that it had once had a liquid form. They were right: amber is the fossilized sap of ancient prehistoric trees. Perhaps the perfect example is one such as this, in which a leaf from perhaps the very tree itself is captured for all eternity, in perfect detail and with perfect clarity. Of particularly large size, it is preserved in a lovely polished golden nugget of triangular form, inch long. Estimate: $200-$300 49239 LEAF IN AMBER Hymenaea protera Oligocene Dominican Republic The Hymenaea protera is an extinct leguminous tree that once flourished throughout what is now Central America and northern South America, and is the source of much of todays amber. This gorgeous material is the fossilized resin of the Hymenaea and has been prized since ancient times for its lovely golden color, but the finest examples also contain specimens of flora and/or fauna from the forests of 30 million years ago. This is just such an example, the warm nugget containing a single, perfectly preserved leaf, caught in the path of the resin as it oozed down the tree trunk. Measuring inch long it is preserved in perfect detail and accompanied by a small louse and a flying ant, caught unawares and imprisoned in suspended animation for all eternity. The nugget has a lovely golden hue, brought to a high polished finish, and measures approximately 1 x 1 x inches. Estimate: $350-$500

49238 LEAF IN AMBER Hymenaea protera Oligocene Dominican Republic Fossilized tree resin, known as amber, is one of the most incredible time capsules from the prehistoric world. This sticky ooze rolled down the trunks of the Hymenaea protera tree, forests of which once blanketed what is now Central America, and anything caught in its path was engulfed and preserved in perfect suspension for all eternity. This lovely little golden nugget contains a small leaf from that tree, approximately inch long including the stalk, visible in the tiniest detail, right down to the delicate veins. The gleaming cabochon has been brought to a high polished finish and glows with a red-golden light, approximately 1 x 1 x inches. Estimate: $350-$500
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Petrified Wood
Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic, Norian-Carnian stage Chinle Formation, Arizona


Petrified wood is amongst the most attractive of all fossil remains to be found across the globe, and the ancient Monkey Puzzle trees of eastern Arizonas Petrified forest are rightly considered to be the most beautiful examples of this extraordinary preservation. retrieved from just outside the National Park location, this is without doubt the largest and most spectacular slab of petrified wood ever to be offered to the public. in fact, there is no Museum who can boast of such a specimen. Measuring an immense 122 x 64 x 2 inches, its face has been brought to a high polished finish to better display the astounding array of colors and patterns that give the specimens from this locality the name of rainbow Wood. Vertically sliced, it swirls with clouds of pastel and earthy shades; a riot of blues, reds, greeny-yellow, tan, orange, white, black and gray a breath-taking natural canvas. Small patches sparkle with glittering little pockets of tiny quartz crystals; elsewhere the coloring follows the contours of the original growth structure of the tree. Weighing around 1 ton, it is backed with a thick layer of plywood and a robust metal frame ready for wall-hanging, although it is presented with a sturdy metal base and support for free-standing display. However one wishes to present it, it is truly one of the most spectacular, impressive and aesthetic examples of paleobotany one could ever hope to see. An ancient conifer tree whose nearest living relative is the Norfolk island Pine, the A.arizonicum dates back to over 225 million years ago when Arizona was situated south of the equator as part of the Pangaea super continent. out on the plains, stream banks were constantly being undermined by the surging river waters, and toppling these giant trees into monsoon floodwaters. Cataclysmic volcanic activity buried the tropical conifer pines and other hardwoods under massive layers of ash; entombing the wood and securing their place in natural history. Silicabearing ground-water seeped into the fibers of the buried trees, replacing the organic material cell by cell whilst still preserving its fundamental structure, often right down to the microscopic level. the water might be loaded with minerals such as iron and manganese, limonite and hematite (both iron oxides), copper, cobalt or chromium; as it gradually evaporated, it deposited its mineral content to impart to the decomposing tree a spectacular array of colors directly derived from the presence of these minerals. these mighty trees once stood up to 200 feet tall and 6-8 feet in diameter, about 225 million years ago; today, however, they are part of the colorful badlands of the Chinle formation (which also includes the famous Painted desert). Although the National Park covers almost 100,000 acres and the petrified deposits are found across a considerably wider area the finest logs must today be unearthed from layers of bentonite clay, as material which has lain on the surface for any longer amounts of time tends to suffer damage during seasonal changes. the park straddles the border of Apache County and Navajo County, an area that was first settled around 8000 years ago. today, deposits within the park itself are protected and may not be removed. So spectacular and evocative are these relics that they were declared the state fossil of Arizona. A geological survey in 1899 warned that the Petrified forest was fast going the way of the buffalo ie virtual extinction and in 1906 it was designated a National Monument by teddy roosevelt.

Estimate: $80,000-$120,000


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Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona


This magnificent section of a 210 million year old petrified log was recovered from just outside the Petrified Forest National Park in Winslow, Arizona, renowned as one of the finest localities for petrified wood anywhere in the world. The logs of this Triassic forest were completely covered with silica-rich sediments over 200 million years ago, and over the course of time different minerals seeped into the wood, slowly replacing its organic structure on a cellular level, and creating the incredible natural canvas that we see today. When these logs are sliced open and polished they reveal a swirling riot of color. Here the predominant color is blue, along with splashes of purple which form a pocket of amethyst crystals. Deep clouds of black and gray are interspersed with patches of vivid red, tan and cream. The surface has been brought to a high-polished finish, the better to display the incredible patterning that preserves the formation of the trees original growth rings. This large and highly esthetic petrified wood round is rimmed with the original well preserved rough-textured bark on a gently curved complete cross-section, approximately 44 x 37 x 1 inches.

Estimate: $18,000-$22,000

49242 PETRIFIED WOOD ROUND Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Winslow, Arizona Although the wood of Arizonas famous Petrified Forest is known as Rainbow Wood, one finds occasionally a striking example such as this with an almost monochrome appearance. Shades of black, white, and gray perfectly delineate the original growth ring structure of the ancient conifer trunk, enlivened around the edges by areas of delicate red, blue, and mauve. In addition, whilst tree trunks come in various shapes and sizes in cross-section, the present example is unusual in being almost perfectly round, creating a striking object of entirely natural beauty. That beauty has been partially enhanced, of course, by a high-polish finish applied to one of the sliced faces, in great aesthetic contrast to the original rough bark texture that still rinds the circumference. A particularly fine and striking example of a highly collectible floral fossil, it measures approximately 30 x 26 inches. Estimate: $4,500-$6,000

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49243 OVAL PETRIFIED WOOD SLICE Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Winslow, Arizona This magnificent section of a 210 million year old petrified log was recovered from just outside the Petrified Forest national Park in Winslow, Arizona; the finest locality in the world for these floral fossils. This specimen, like other examples of petrified wood, was fossilized when a log was completely covered with silica-rich sediments that seeped into the wood and hardened over the millions of years. The beautiful coloration cloudy blue-gray rimmed with reddish cream and dashed with orange, yellow and green is the result of trace elements and minerals in the surrounding sediment. of an elegant ovular shape, one surface has been polished to a mirror-like smoothness and the outer surface retains the perfectly-preserved and highly-textured bark. A particularly aesthetic specimen, it measures approximately 29 x 18 inches. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500


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49244 SUPERB PETRIFIED WOOD DESK Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona The deposits of Arizonas Petrified Forest are known also as Rainbow Wood for the wonderful variety of colors created by millions of years of water seepage and mineral replacement. As such, it is highly prized as a decorative material, although rarely put to such spectacular use as in this luxurious desk. The whole top section is one large single slice of petrified wood, cut along the vertical to create striking parallel patterns of different colored strata, in vivid dark shades of deep earthy red, black and blue, together with paler ribbons of cream and gray-green, brought to a highly polished finish and offset by the rough bark texture that rims the edge. The spectacular slab itself measures 79 x 37 x 2 inches, and is presented as the top of a finely-constructed desk; with knee-hole, seven drawers and a backside of gently undulating form. This impressive and unique executive desk is constructed from white maple and veneered all over with exotic brazilian pomelle bubinga wood, a rare and exotic hard wood highly prized for its incredibly intricate lacey patterning. Raised on four tapering brass feet, this exceptional furniture masterpiece stands 30 inches high overall. Estimate: $35,000-$45,000

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49245 SPECTACULAR PINK AND LAVENDER PETRIFIED WOOD COFFEE TABLE Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona The myriad colors of the famed petrified wood deposits of the chinle Formation in Arizona are renowned the world over, but occasionally even amongst such brightly colored and varied specimens, one comes across an exceptional example such as this. The dominant colors of this massive slab are pink and lavender; rare enough shades on their own but almost never found in conjunction and almost never in this impressive size. Prepared in the vertically-sliced aspect with strong parallel ribbons of color, pink, black, cream and tan, blue, red and orange, this beautiful natural canvas has been brought to a high polished finish and is presented as a striking furnishing piece. This wonderful 76 x 33 x 1 5/8-inch slab is raised to 15 inches in height on two hardwood end legs, to create a large and highly aesthetic and impressive coffee table. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000


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49246 LARGE PETRIFIED LOG Unidentified species Miocene Indonesia An attractive feature of the abundant petrified wood deposits of Indonesia is that it tends to be somewhat softer than petrified wood found elsewhere in the world. Thus, the local artisans will often remove the softest material to create a more robust specimen, as here. The exterior of this imposing tree trunk boasts a combination of heavily textured bark, pitted with natural apertures and depressions, and beautifully polished areas that highlight the wonderful coloring naturally imparted to the wood over millions of years of mineral seepage. of tall, slender form it makes for a wonderfully aesthetic and dramatic display piece, 69 inches high. Estimate: $2,400-$3,000

49247 PETRIFIED LOG Unidentified species Miocene Indonesia This delightful log is from the beautiful petrified wood deposits of Indonesia. Millions of years ago, the area was blanketed with thick rainforest and dotted with volcanoes; when the volcanoes erupted, some of the trees that grew on their slopes were instantly destroyed, but others at a slightly greater distance were completely buried in silica mineral-rich volcanic ash. This protected the wood from the elements and prevented their decay, and slowly, over millions of years, the silica minerals (quartz, chalcedony, jasper) were carried by water seeping into the wood and replaced the structure of the original tree on a microscopic level, atom by atom. So fine is this process of replacement that the cellular structure can still be observed. The quality of the fossilization on this piece also extends to the superb bark texture that covers the whole of the exterior, with a lovely egg-shell white shade, in fine contrast to the cut and polished face; the interior structure is perfectly visible in soft creamy shades, beautifully offset by warm earthy red coloring around the edges. A fine decorative piece, it stands 29 inches high with a 15 x 16-inch footprint. Estimate: $1,400-$1,800

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49248 FINE PETRIFIED WOOD LOG SECTION Araucarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona The exterior of this log stands testament to the millions of years it spent buried beneath volcanic sediment, the rough bark exterior encrusted with stones whilst retaining something of its original contours. The unprepossessing exterior, however, offers no hint as to the wonders within; this is revealed to us via the sliced and polished endsection which shows the perfectly preserved formation of the trees ring growth. over an unimaginably slow process of mineral-rich water seepage the wood permineralized to create the wonderful coloring seen here. Swirls of strong earthy red are interspersed with patches of black, white and blue in wonderful contrast to the muted exterior. The whole impressive piece measures approximately 19 x 14 inches in cross section and stands 28 inches tall. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000

49249 LARGE PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE Araucaria sp. Triassic Ambilobe, Madagascar The Rainbow Wood of Madagascar is most commonly presented in sliced form or as logs, but occasionally the master lapidarist will go the extra mile to fashion a beautiful and mysterious objet dart, as here. Painstakingly turned into a perfect and highly polished 9-inch diameter sphere, the surface swirls with patterns of red, orange, black, brown, gray, and cream like the gaseous cloudcovering of some distant and exotic planet. This impression is further enhanced by the little sparkles of tiny crystals that dot the wood, and the overall result is one of remarkable natural and crafted beauty, presented on a perspex stand. Estimate: $800-$1,200


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49250 SUPERB COMPLETE SABER-TOOTHED CAT SKULL Hoplophoneus primaevus Oligocene 33 Million Years Ago Brule Formation, Shannon County, South Dakota Saber-toothed tigers first appeared in the fossil record 34-38 million years ago. Their hyper-developed canine teeth were essentially finely-serrated knives specialized for killing or feeding. Many scientists have theorized about how the cats used these formidable weapons, but the most likely explanation is that they developed a hunting style that allowed them to capture prey and deliver a coup de grace by severing the jugular or other critical blood supply, or by slicing through the windpipe. This would render the prey instantly inactive and thus minimize injury risk to themselves from the normal struggles of dying prey, some of which would have been significantly larger than the cat. This fossil cat is a Hoplophoneus, a solitary hunter with a probable lifestyle very similar to that of the modern leopard, and possessing among the very largest sabers, relative to their skull size, of the prehistoric cats. because these cats were solitary hunters with large territories, their fossil remains are much rarer than herd or pack animals only isolated finds are ever made and never more than one animal in the same area unless it was a den. by contrast, the probable primary prey for this cat, oreodons, are found quite literally by the thousands in these same fossil beds. In addition, the natural ratio of prey to predator means that there were at least 50 prey animals in a fauna for every predator; only a few percent of which were saber-cats. This outstanding skull is virtually complete with only a few percent restoration. It has an excellent set of teeth which range from a gorgeous chocolate brown to olive brown in color, with the skull being a light cream brown. It is almost perfectly inflated with no distortion a truly exceptional occurrence. Measuring 8 inches long by 7 inches high by 4 inches wide with 3 inch sabers; this museum-grade display specimen is of the very highest quality and rarity; worthy of the most discriminating collector. Provenance: George Lee collection Estimate: $14,000-$17,000
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49251 SABER-TOOTH CAT SKULL Dinictis felina Oligocene Brule Formation, White River, South Dakota This wonderful little skull belonged to the dinictis, known also as the false saber-toothed cat, belonging to the family nimravidae rather than that of the true cats, the Felidae. They were endemic to north America, first appearing approximately 30 million years ago, and like the physically similar saber-toothed cats, they were swift, efficient hunters; using their remarkably extended upper canines to slash at the windpipes or jugulars of their victims. This superb specimen is presented with its mouth agape, the better to display its remarkable dentition, and exhibits almost no distortion to the fragile bone. The sabers themselves measure over 1 inches and the skull measures 6 inches long by 4 inches wide, raised to a height of 8 inches on a metal stand and oak base, a dramatic and first-class fossil. Estimate: $6,500-$8,000


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49252 GIANT GROUND SLOTH VERTEBRA FROM A TAR PIT Paramylodon harlani Pleistocene Rancho La Brea Formation, California An unusual occurrence in several locations in southern california during the last Ice Age was the appearance of tar seeps. These natural traps had the surface appearance of benign ponds of cool water, an immediate draw for the thirsty animals that roamed the prehistoric savannahs. However, that life-giving water hid a deadly secret; concealing masses of heavy petroleum, or tar. large herbivores such as Mastodon, Mammoth, giant ground Sloth, bison, or Horse would come to the edge of the water to drink and, if they were unlucky enough to step into the water, the sticky tar underneath would entrap them, and then slowly pull them down to a certain death in a manner similar to quicksand. Harlans ground Sloth is one of the species sometimes found in these locations, and here is a fine example of one of its robust vertebrae; displaying the characteristic black/woody patination of these tar-preserved specimens; a wonderfully warm and evocative appearance. The specimen is likely from the Wilshire-Hauser pit based on its fine preservation; just several city blocks away from the famed la brea Tar Pits. This unique vertebra measures approximately 8 x 6 x 6 inches. Estimate: $1,600-$2,000

49253 POLISHED WALRUS OOSIK Odobenus rosmarus Alaska one significant way in which the human male differs from other mammals is his lack of a baculum, or penile bone. It has been theorized that this is an evolutionary development to aid in the reproductive females selection process (insufficient blood pressure to adequately maintain an erection may indicate health problems such as diabetes, neurological disorders or even stress and depression undesirable attributes in a potential mate). More whimsically, the bone is sometimes identified with the rib of Adam from which eve was created: the Hebrew word translated as rib is far less specific than the english, and in addition there is no official Hebrew word for penis. Most other mammals possess this bone, however, and in the Inuit cultures of north America and greenland those of the walrus, seal and polar bear are frequently polished and used as clubs, knife handles, ritual objects, tools, or as unusual souvenirs to sell to the wide-eyed tourist. This is a fine example from a northern Pacific Walrus, highly polished but retaining the finely honeycombed bone structure at either end, with an attractively creamy-gray mottled patina and measuring 19 inches long. Estimate: $300-$500

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49254 SUPERB FOSSIL CROCODILE Dyrosaurus phosphaticus Lower Eocene, Ypresian stage Oulad Abdoun basin, Khouribga, Morocco dyrosaurus were a genus of aquatic reptile, similar in appearance to todays crocodilians, with long slender jaws bristling with recurvate teeth. They were to be found primarily in the Trans-Saharan Sea, although others of the dyrosauridae clade have been found on most other continents, and it is thought that they originated, in fact, in north America. despite the discovery of numerous dyrosaur remains, most are found in poorly preserved condition and little scientific research has been possible. This makes the present specimen all the more exceptional: this near complete dyrosaur was discovered in a nodule from the phosphate beds of the oulad Abdoun basin of Morocco and meticulously cleaned and freed from the rock by hand. After much careful cleaning and preparation, the result is a complete dyrosaurus skeleton, strikingly mounted in a dramatic curving pose with open jaws and minimal restoration. With its mouth open and body posed in an upward lunging position, one can picture this ancient crocodilian breaching the surface as it strikes at its prey. The quality of the bones is superb, from the lovely clean white coloring to the fine texture; the skull is of particularly high quality, with almost complete dentition, the vicious teeth giving a vivid impression of its predatory effectiveness. even a large section of the rarely preserved anterior dorsal osteoderms (crocodilian armor; also known as scutes) is present; appearing as a shield composed of individual armor pieces, this structure protected the dorsal side of the dyrosaur, just as it protects those of crocodiles and alligators today. The total length of the skeleton is just under 12 ft (3.6m) and it is mounted on a well-designed black metal armature from two floor stands, 78 inches high overall a highly significant, museum-quality specimen. Estimate: $60,000-$75,000
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49255 GIANT CRETACEOUS SEA TURTLE SKULL Lytoloma genus Upper Cretaceous Phosphate beds, Khouribga Province, Morocco The Khouribga province of Morocco is home to the largest phosphate reserves in the world; measuring 25 x 25 miles and rising 2500 feet above sea level, the deposit bears the nickname Plateau des Phosphates. Within the deposit are the remains of a rich variety of marine life including fish, sharks, marine reptiles, flying reptiles, and other fauna that thrived in the Trans-Saharan sea approximately 65 million years ago. Fossil finds are usually partially deformed by sedimentary processes and complete fossils are rare because of the heavy machinery and dynamite used to harvest the phosphate. Therefore, a fossil such as this giant sea turtle skull is particularly special; it was found well preserved with no deformity and near-complete, and even with its original lower jaw still attached. The skull belongs to a sea turtle of the lytoloma genus, which were found throughout the worlds tropical oceans during the cretaceous. The lytoloma genus has not been well studied since the late 1800s and the present specimen may be the finest skull ever found. It has been professionally prepared and is presented on a custom-made stand that allows the lower jaw to rest in an open, lifelike position. Measuring 8 x 6 x 6 inches with a mouth opened 3 inches, the complete specimen sits 5 inches tall on its stand. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200


49256 SUPERB OPALESCENT AMMONITE Discoscaphites conradi Upper Cretaceous Fox Hills Formation, South Dakota All ammonites boasted a shell lined with nacre, or mother-of-pearl; in most instances it is transformed by the fossilization process into calcite, but in a very few localities worldwide is it preserved unchanged, retaining a lovely fiery sheen. This is a superb example of an American scaphite, with excellent nacre coverage to the ridged, horned shell. As well as the rarity of its form of preservation, the scaphite is a scarce late-form ammonite so-named from the greek scooped out for the gradual unwinding of the ammonites familiar coiled shape; the scaphites would later develop into an almost completely unfurled heteromorph. A gorgeous little example displaying fine iridescent colors of green, pink and red; the ammonite sits on the original matrix and stands 3 inches high. Estimate: $1,200-$1,400

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49257 GEMSTONE AMMONITE Placenticeras meeki Upper Cretaceous Bearpaw Formation, Alberta, Canada The ammonites found in this small area of north America 65.5-100 million years ago have become some of the most sought-after of all fossils for their remarkable transformation into the biogenic gemstone Ammolite. All ammonites have a layer of mother-of-pearl on their shells, but only in the Placenticeras sp. of this region has it been transformed into this wonderful, brightly colored material. Millions of years of compression and the action of bentonite sediment have transformed the nacre into ammolite, characterized by bright opalescence and fiery coloring. The present example flashes all over one side with a rich red color while the other side displays predominantly a vivid electric green, fringed with gold and blue and even shows some of the rare purple coloring. The shell texture displays the egg-like crackling characteristic of these specimens and retains a decent threedimensionality, making for a fine and aesthetic collectors specimen, approximately 9 inches in diameter, on a wooden display stand. Estimate: $11,000-$13,000

49258 LARGE SLICED AMMONITE Cleoniceras cleon Cretaceous Madagascar This ammonite belonged to the predaceous genus Cleoniceras, whose hydrodynamic streamlined shell was designed for swift powerful movement. Cleoniceras, like all ammonites, are the fossil relatives of the living octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus (cephalopods). Ammonites are possibly the most instantly recognizable of all fossils, and have been used for decorative purposes for hundreds if not thousands of years. What is less well-known, however, is the structure of their interior chambers, and the way that mineralization during the fossil process can create the beautiful results we see here. A single shell has been carefully sliced in half and the cut surfaces highly polished, to enhance the natural beauty of the honey-caramel calcite crystals that crowd the inside. The exterior shell has also been polished to create a remarkable pair of three-dimensional display pieces, each half measures approximately 30 inches wide. Estimate: $1,800-$2,500


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49259 LARGE AMMONITE Kranosphinctes sp. Jurassic, Oxfordian Stage Madagascar one of the most popular of all decorative fossils is the ammonite, and here is a perfect demonstration of why they have proved to be such an enduring collectible. A large Kranosphinctes from Madagascar, it boasts a lovely chalky white and cream mottled coloring and superb three-dimensionality to its horned shell. In addition, the outer layer has in places dropped away to reveal the delicate and intricate fern-like suture patterning of the shells growth structure, and in some small areas the original nacreous lining is visible in a translucent, muted gray color. A fine and decorative specimen, it measures 20 inches in diameter and stands 24 inches high on a custom ebonized metal display stand. Estimate: $1,400-$1,800

49260 FINE AMMONITE Perisphinctes sp. Jurassic, Oxfordian Stage Madagascar Ammonites are amongst the most instantly recognizable of fossils and, having existed on earth for almost 350 million years, serve as excellent index fossils for the dating of the geological formations in which they are found. This is an exemplary example of a classic Madagascan species, the Perisphinctes, with lovely chalky white-cream coloring and well-defined ribbing all the way to the centre of its shells natural whorl. Fully prepared on both sides, it is a perfect display piece measuring 11 inches in diameter and standing 14 inches high on a decorative, custom ebonized metal display stand. Estimate: $900-$1,400

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49261 SPECTACULAR FOSSIL FISH ASPIRATION Mioplosus labracoides, Knightia eocaena, Diplomystus dentatus Eocene Green River Formation, Lincoln Co, Wyoming The green River Formation is renowned for many reasons: the abundance of fish species found in its fossil record, the variety of other flora and fauna, and the superb quality of preservation of the fossils excavated there. Perhaps the most spectacular of its treasures, however, is the rare occurrence known as an aspiration. A fantastic snapshot of prehistory, this is the name given to fossils where one animal has expired in the act of swallowing another; effectively choking to death on its last meal. The pair preserved here are a perch-like Mioplosus, 5-inch long, with 1 inches of the sprat-like Knightia protruding from its maw. What makes this specimen even more spectacular, however, is that the pair is closely watched by a 5-inch long diplomystus, itself also a voracious predator, perhaps cheated out of his lunch. Aspirations are rare enough, but such a natural pairing is extremely scarce, and even by the standards of this renowned locality, the quality of presentation and preparation is superlative: each has superb three-dimensionality to the bony skull and vertebrae with fine detail to the rest of the anatomy, and a warm chocolate brown coloring. A highly uncommon and desirable fossil combination presented on an irregularlyshaped matrix, 15 x 9 inches. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000


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49262 RARE FOSSIL FISH ASPIRATION Mioplosus labracoides, Diplomystus dentatus Eocene Green River Formation, Wyoming The term aspiration refers to those rare fossils where one creature has died and been preserved in the very act of eating another an incredible snapshot in time preserved over millions of years. despite the abundance of fish fossils found in the green River Formation over one million excavated since its discovery in the 1870s even in this locality such fossils are extremely rare. The present example is a finely preserved specimen; the voracious ancient perch, Mioplosus, 4 inches long, has been choked to death by a juvenile diplomystus, which protrudes 1 inches from its gaping jaws. The fine detail of both fishs fragile bones is superb, and each bears a lovely warm dark brown coloring, in pleasing contrast to the pale limestone matrix, 6 x 8 inches. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200

49263 RARE FOSSIL STINGRAY Asterotrygon maloneyi Eocene Green River Formation, Lincoln Co, Wyoming The fossil beds of the green River Formation are renowned for the abundance of fish species and for the quality of their preservation. Amongst the most sought-after of these specimens is the stingray, its fragile wing bones making it a particularly tricky prize for the fossil hunter to excavate. on the rare occasions when they are found and removed successfully, the animal is most usually represented by the Heliobatus, but in 2004 a new species was recognized and described the Asterotrygon maloneyi. The A. maloneyi is strikingly similar to H. radians but is distinguished by the presence of a dorsal fin covered in denticles directly anterior to the caudal stings, and by individual vertebrae in the tail as opposed to cartilage. These elements are present here in good three-dimensionality, as well as the well-defined tail barbs and the tiny bones radiating from the main body. A superbly prepared example of a highly rare fossil from one of the premier localities in the world, and the first of its kind to be offered at auction, it measures 16 inches long on a kite-shaped matrix 25 x 14 inches. Estimate: $2,400-$2,800

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49264 POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FISH FOSSIL Tharsis dubius Jurassic Solnhofen Formation, Eichsttt, Bavaria, Germany It takes very rare and special conditions to preserve a specimen like this in both positive and negative forms. First the dead creature must be covered by sediment very quickly, usually at the bottom of a body of water, and then this sediment must harden to form a nodule wholly enclosing the animal but remaining distinct from the sedimentary layers building up around it. once the organic material has decayed away, the cavity is filled with some other mineral calcite, siderite or similar but retaining both positive and negative impressions. This is not dissimilar to the way all fossils are formed, but if the nodule does indeed remain distinct from the rock that forms around it, then once removed whole it can be split along the naturally weaker plane on which the original creature lay to expose two mirror images as here; the positive and negative record of a 150 million year-old fish. Such specimens are, of course, rare and highly sought-after, and this example preserves the remains of a slender, curving Tharsis, a schooling fish common to the region. both halves boast superb three-dimensionality; from the large bony head, to detailed individual vertebrae, to textured slim forked tail fins. Measuring 8 inches around the curve of the body, each sits in an irregularly shaped limestone matrix measuring approximately 18 x 19 inches. The matrix is beautifully decorated with the natural fern-like dendrites; patterning caused by iron-rich water seepage. Estimate: $800-$1,200


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49265 DRAMATIC PREDACEOUS FISH SKULL Xiphactinus audax Upper Cretaceous, Santonian stage Upper Smoky Hills Chalk, Niobrara Formation, Logan Co, Kansas A vicious-looking prehistoric bony fish, the xiphactinus, or bulldog fish, roamed the warm shallow waters of the Western Interior Seaway that split the continent of America in two halves for a large proportion of the upper cretaceous period. A ferocious 20-foot long predator, it was second in the food chain only to the sharks, such as the Squalicorax, and to the monstrous Mosasaur in these 85 million years old waters. First named in 1870 by Joseph leidy, it remains still the object of a certain amount of nominal confusion, a junior synonym having been superfluously created the following year by e.d. cope, Portheus molossus. This dramatic specimen certainly conjures the strength and viciousness of its canine namesake, with the powerful jaws preserved in remarkable three-dimensionality, bristling with frightful long black teeth (the longest measures 1 inches). In fact, these teeth were used primarily for securing its prey, as the xiphactinus was in the habit of swallowing its meals whole. The level of detail to this skull is outstanding, as is the patina and texture, from the bony sclerotic ring that supported the eyeball, to the three vertebrae with their slender processes that complete the specimen. The strong chocolate brown coloring of the bones leaps vividly from the pale cream matrix, fully conjuring the aggressive and forceful nature of the fish, framed in dark-stained wood 17 x 25 inches overall. Estimate: $5,500-$7,000

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49266 RARE FOSSIL FISH Cimolichthys nepaholica Lower Cretaceous Smoky Hill Chalk, Niobrara Formation, Logan Co, Western Kansas Although closely related to the modern-day salmon, cimolichthys was rather more like a large barracuda of the Western Interior Seaway that covered north America approximately 85 million years ago. It was a voracious predator, growing up to six feet in length, with a long, robust and streamlined body, and a short snout bristling with vicious-looking teeth. This is a fine well preserved specimen from the niobrara chalk of western Kansas, of curving form, with superb three-dimensionality to the robust vertebrae, and a portion of that deadly dentition visible in the partly-opened mouth. The rest of the bony skull shows good preservation and texture, along with the slender curving ribs and dorsal fin and, best of all, remains of the fishs rarely-preserved armored scutes dot the matrix along the length of its body. A fine and rare specimen, the matrix is presented in a wooden frame 14 x 30 inches. Estimate: $1,800-$2,500

49267 FOSSIL GARFISH Lepisosteus simplex Green River Formation, Kemmerer, Sweetwater Co., Wyoming, USA Eocene (55.8 to 33.9 million years ago) gars have lived in north American waters for over 50 million years, as evidenced by this specimen, and continue to do so today. because the fossil gars from the green River Formation near Kemmerer, Wyoming, are so strikingly similar to todays gars, they are considered to be members of the modern genus Lepisosteus. The most striking feature of gars are the hard, shiny, diamond-shaped, armor-like scales that encase the body, giving even this fossil specimen a strong 3-dimensionality. The rounded, torpedo-shaped body ends in a broad-based tail that is slightly asymmetrical and its mouth is filled with a multitude of small, sharp teeth. Fossil gars are amongst the rarest species of fossil fish found in the green River Formation. This excellent specimen has good positioning on the plate with a minimal amount of rotation unlike most other specimens which have rotated during the deposition process and whose preservation is therefore distorted. Almost all of its rich brown, shiny, diamond scales are intact and the head is complete. There is the normal and expected amount of restoration to the fins and tail. The gar itself measures 20 inches long and is centered on a matrix plate that is 26 inches long x 12 inches wide x 1 inches thick. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000
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49268 FOSSIL FISH TILE MURAL Priscacara liops, Knightia eocaena, Knightia alta Eocene Green River Formation, Wyoming This highly decorative mural is comprised of 31 tiles of green River limestone, sixteen of which each contains a beautifully preserved fossil fish. The green River Formation is famed for producing some of the very finest fish fossils in the world, in great abundance and variety, and their high quality is perfectly demonstrated here. every one of the fossils displays the exceptional detail and definition one expects from this locality; four of them are the plump and characterful P. liops, an extinct species of perch and a highly popular fossil from the region, and the remaining fish are a mixture of the K. eocaena and the less-common, fat-bodied K. alta, amongst the most populace species in these ancient waters. The tiles are arranged in a stepped diamond shape and the whole piece measures 71 x 48 inches overall; with the strong dark brown of the fish standing in lovely contrast to the soft cream limestone, it makes for a superb and eye-catching display piece. Estimate: $10,000-$14,000

49269 LARGE FOSSIL SHARK TOOTH Carcharocles megalodon Miocene Ashepoo River, South Carolina A large, excellently well-preserved example of this popular fossil, this is a superb tooth from the mighty Megalodon. A terrific predator, it dwarfed its equivalent in todays waters, the great white shark, and reckoned to have grown to the size of a greyhound bus. There has been some doubt over the megalodons relationship to the great white, and the introduction in 1995 of a new genus for the megalodon (Carcharocles sp.) rests on the theory of parallel evolution to explain the similarity in the teeth of the two species; the broad tooth mako shark is in fact posited as the megs closest modern relative. The present specimen exhibits excellent enamel coverage in a warm tan-gray patination, a good robust root and finely defined tiny serrations along the edges. At an impressive 6316 inches along the diagonal, it is a first-rate specimen of a highly collectible fossil. Estimate: $1,400-$1,800

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49270 LARGE MEGALODON TOOTH Carcharocles megalodon Miocene Morgan River, South Carolina This fearsome-looking fang came from the mouth of the Megalodon, an ancient ocean-dwelling predator similar to todays great white shark (although the taxonomic relationship is hotly debated). Its name, appropriately, means big tooth in greek, and reaching overall lengths exceeding 50 feet, it is the largest shark ever to have lived. Today, scuba divers must brave 30 to 50 feet of the frigid, almost zero-visibility waters of the Morgan River near charleston, South carolina, to grub for these specimens. This fine example is a monstrous specimen, with excellent dark gray patination to the attractively grooved enamel, superb serrations, and measuring 6 inches long. Estimate: $1,400-$1,800

49271 FINE MEGALODON TOOTH Carcharocles megalodon Miocene Morgan River, South Carolina The mighty Megalodon, a giant-sized version of todays great white shark, roamed the waters of what are now southern virginia and the carolinas. Their teeth are found in only a few rivers in this locale, the waters characterized by their zero-visibility and freezing temperatures, and responsible for the death of more than one meg hunter. yet the teeth are all that remain of this great fish; like todays sharks, their skeletons were cartilaginous and did not lend to easy fossilization such of that of many other marine fauna. The present example is of an unusually elegant narrow form, with lovely mottled gray patination to the enamel and a striking black color beneath, with excellent serrations and measuring 5 inches long. Estimate: $800-$1,000

49272 POLISHED MEGALODON TOOTH Carcharocles megalodon Miocene Atlantic Ocean, off South Carolina The teeth of the giant shark Megalodon are amongst the most prized specimens for the prehistoric collector. They are similar to those of todays great White, but considerably larger; the megalodon was the largest carnivorous fish ever to have swum the oceans of our planet. At over 50 feet in length with a mouth bristling with rows of these monstrous tearing and rending teeth, it was a terrifying beast to encounter in the murky depths. The specimen here has been polished to bring out the beautiful vari-colored patination, with soft shades of gray, black and tan and an earthy-brown blush to the reverse and a fine-grained, speckled texture. A fine aesthetic specimen, it measures 5 inches long. Estimate: $800-$1,000


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49273 FINE FOSSIL CRINOID PLAQUE Several species Carboniferous, Mississippian epoch, Osagean stage Edwardsville Farm, Crawfordville, Montgomery County, Indiana The crinoid, known also as the sea lily or feather star, is one of the worlds so-called living fossils, and counts amongst its distant relatives the starfish, brittle star and sea urchin. They are filter feeders, grabbing microscopic particles on which to feed as great forests of them sway back and forth on the ocean floor. This fine specimen is from the famed crawfordsville crinoid beds and was prepared in situ by master preparator Tom Witherspoon, whose work can be found in most of the major natural History museums across the world, including the Smithsonian and the Field Museum of chicago. Mr. Witherspoons skill is immediately evident in the superb three-dimensionality of this plaque and the exquisitely delicate detail of the specimens themselves; several species are represented, including fine examples of the Sarocrinus varsovensis and a superbly defined root section of the Onychocrinus ulrichi, on a roughly rectangular plaque 10 x 8 inches. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200

49274 FINE FOSSIL CRINOID PLAQUE Several species Carboniferous, Mississippian epoch, Osagean stage Edwardsville Farm, Crawfordville, Montgomery County, Indiana The anatomy of the crinoid comprises a crown of flowing pinnules atop a slender segmented stem, to a robust root section with which it attached itself to the ancient ocean floor or even to passing driftwood. The root section is preserved relatively rarely, but it is represented here (from the Onychocrinus ulrichi) in superb preservation and three-dimensionality. For this is a specimen from the renowned deposits of crawfordville, Indiana, prepared by famed preparator Tom Witherspoon, whose skill and knowledge has led to many of his pieces being distributed throughout major natural History museums around the world. Also present on this fine plaque is a large and similarly well-preserved Sarocrinus varsovensis and fragments of other species, in a triangular matrix 13 x 7 inches. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200
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49275 GIANT DINOSAUR TOOTH Carcharodontosaurus saharicus Mid-Cretaceous, Albian Age Kem-Kem basin, near Taouz, Morocco The ferocity of the giant carcharodontosaurus is immediately apparent from the fearsome size of this impressive tooth. The very name of the dinosaur means jagged teeth lizard and it is believed to have grown even bigger than the T-rex, making it the largest carnivore ever to stalk the earth. This splendid specimen retains good enamel coverage with a lovely warm orange-brown patina and good root section along with well-preserved serrations on both edges which made these teeth efficient tools for rending flesh. A good-sized example, it measures 4 inches along the curve and 1 inches across at the base. Estimate: $2,800-$3,500

49276 LARGE DINOSAUR TOOTH Carcharodontosaurus saharicus Mid-Cretaceous, Albian Age Kem-Kem basin, near Taouz, Morocco This tooth is from the carcharodontosaurus, an evocative fossil that perfectly characterizes the fearsome dinosaur named for its sharp and ferocious dentition (sharp teeth lizard). The carcharodontosaurus lived around 100 million years ago and is believed to have grown up to 40 feet in length, making it one of the largest and most terrifying predators ever to have stalked the earth. This is a fine example, with a lovely warm woodyorange patination to the excellent enamel coverage, and superb detail to the tiny serrations that line both edges of the tooth. With a fine root section, it measures 4 inches around the curve and 1 inches across the base. Estimate: $2,200-$2,500

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In cases of nonpayment, Auctioneers election to void a sale does not relieve the Bidder from their obligation to pay Auctioneer its fees (sellers and buyers premium) on the lot and any other damages pertaining to the lot. 25. Lots delivered to you, or your representative in the States of Texas, California, New York, or other states where the Auction may be held, are subject to all applicable state and local taxes, unless appropriate permits are on file with Auctioneer. (Note: Coins are only subject to sales tax in California on invoices under $1500 and in Texas on invoices under $1000. Check the Web site at: ref/sales-tax.zx for more details.) Bidder agrees to pay Auctioneer the actual amount of tax due in the event that sales tax is not properly collected due to: 1) an expired, inaccurate, inappropriate tax certificate or declaration, 2) an incorrect interpretation of the applicable statute, 3) or any other reason. The appropriate form or certificate must be on file at and verified by Auctioneer five days prior to Auction or tax must be paid; only if such form or certificate is received by Auctioneer within 4 days after the Auction can a refund of tax paid be made. Lots from different Auctions may not be aggregated for sales tax purposes. 26. In the event that a Bidders payment is dishonored upon presentment(s), Bidder shall pay the maximum statutory processing fee set by applicable state law. If you attempt to pay via eCheck and your financial institution denies this transfer from your bank account, or the payment cannot be completed using the selected funding source, you agree to complete payment using your credit card on file. 27. If any Auction invoice submitted by Auctioneer is not paid in full when due, the unpaid balance will bear interest at the highest rate permitted by law from the date of invoice until paid. Any invoice not paid when due will bear a three percent (3%) late fee on the invoice amount or three percent (3%) of any installment that is past due. If the Auctioneer refers any invoice to an attorney for collection, the buyer agrees to pay attorneys fees, court costs, and other collection costs incurred by Auctioneer. If Auctioneer assigns collection to its in-house legal staff, such attorneys time expended on the matter shall be compensated at a rate comparable to the hourly rate of independent attorneys. 28. In the event a successful Bidder fails to pay any amounts due, Auctioneer reserves the right to sell the lot(s) securing the invoice to any underbidders in the Auction that the lot(s) appeared, or at subsequent private or public sale, or relist the lot(s) in a future auction conducted by Auctioneer. A defaulting Bidder agrees to pay for the reasonable costs of resale (including a 10% sellers commission, if consigned to an auction conducted by Auctioneer). The defaulting Bidder is liable to pay any difference between his total original invoice for the lot(s), plus any applicable interest, and the net proceeds for the lot(s) if sold at private sale or the subsequent hammer price of the lot(s) less the 10% sellers commissions, if sold at an Auctioneers auction. 29. Auctioneer reserves the right to require payment in full in good funds before delivery of the merchandise.

12. If Auctioneer calls for a full increment, a bidder may request Auctioneer to accept a bid at half of the increment (Cut Bid) only once per lot. After offering a Cut Bid, bidders may continue to participate only at full increments. Off-increment bids may be accepted by the Auctioneer at Signature Auctions and Grand Format Auctions. If the Auctioneer solicits bids other than the expected increment, these bids will not be considered Cut Bids. Conducting the Auction: 13. Notice of the consignors liberty to place bids on his lots in the Auction is hereby made in accordance with Article 2 of the Texas Business and Commercial Code. A Minimum Bid is an amount below which the lot will not sell. THE CONSIGNOR OF PROPERTY MAY PLACE WRITTEN Minimum Bids ON HIS LOTS IN ADVANCE OF THE AUCTION; ON SUCH LOTS, IF THE HAMMER PRICE DOES NOT MEET THE Minimum Bid, THE CONSIGNOR MAY PAY A REDUCED COMMISSION ON THOSE LOTS.

Terms and Conditions of Auction

30. Auctioneer shall have a lien against the merchandise purchased by the buyer to secure payment of the Auction invoice. Auctioneer is further granted a lien and the right to retain possession of any other property of the buyer then held by the Auctioneer or its affiliates to secure payment of any Auction invoice or any other amounts due the Auctioneer or affiliates from the buyer. With respect to these lien rights, Auctioneer shall have all the rights of a secured creditor under Article 9 of the Texas Uniform Commercial Code, including but not limited to the right of sale. In addition, with respect to payment of the Auction invoice(s), the buyer waives any and all rights of offset he might otherwise have against the Auctioneer and the consignor of the merchandise included on the invoice. If a Bidder owes Auctioneer or its affiliates on any account, Auctioneer and its affiliates shall have the right to offset such unpaid account by any credit balance due Bidder, and it may secure by possessory lien any unpaid amount by any of the Bidders property in their possession. 31. Title shall not pass to the successful Bidder until all invoices are paid in full. It is the responsibility of the buyer to provide adequate insurance coverage for the items once they have been delivered to a common carrier or third-party shipper. Delivery; Shipping; and Handling Charges: 32. Buyer is liable for shipping and handling. Please refer to Auctioneers website common/shipping.php for the latest charges or call Auctioneer. Auctioneer is unable to combine purchases from other auctions or affiliates into one package for shipping purposes. Lots won will be shipped in a commercially reasonable time after payment in good funds for the merchandise and the shipping fees is received or credit extended, except when third-party shipment occurs. 33. Successful international Bidders shall provide written shipping instructions, including specified customs declarations, to the Auctioneer for any lots to be delivered outside of the United States. NOTE: Declaration value shall be the item(s) hammer price together with its buyers premium and Auctioneer shall use the correct harmonized code for the lot. Domestic Buyers on lots designated for third-party shipment must designate the common carrier, accept risk of loss, and prepay shipping costs. 34. All shipping charges will be borne by the successful Bidder. On all domestic shipments, any risk of loss during shipment will be borne by Heritage until the shipping carriers confirmation of delivery to the address of record in Auctioneers file (carriers confirmation is conclusive to prove delivery to Bidder; if the client has a Signature release on file with the carrier, the package is considered delivered without Signature) or delivery by Heritage to Bidders selected third-party shipper. On all foreign shipments, any risk of loss during shipment will be borne by the Bidder following Auctioneers delivery to the Bidders designated common carrier or third-party shipper. 35. Due to the nature of some items sold, it shall be the responsibility for the successful bidder to arrange pick-up and shipping through third-parties; as to such items Auctioneer shall have no liability. Failure to pick-up or arrange shipping in a timely fashion (within ten days) shall subject Lots to storage and moving charges, including a $100 administration fee plus $10 daily storage for larger items and $5.00 daily for smaller items (storage fee per item) after 35 days. In the event the Lot is not removed within ninety days, the Lot may be offered for sale to recover any past due storage or moving fees, including a 10% Sellers Commission. 36. The laws of various countries regulate the import or export of certain plant and animal properties, including (but not limited to) items made of (or including) ivory, whalebone, turtleshell, coral, crocodile, or other wildlife. Transport of such lots may require special licenses for export, import, or both. Bidder is responsible for: 1) obtaining all information on such restricted items for both export and import; 2) obtaining all such licenses and/or permits. Delay or failure to obtain any such license or permit does not relieve the buyer of timely compliance with standard payment terms. For further information, please contact Ron Brackemyre at 800-872-6467 ext. 1312. 37. Any request for shipping verification for undelivered packages must be made within 30 days of shipment by Auctioneer. Cataloging, Warranties and Disclaimers: 38. NO WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, IS MADE WITH RESPECT TO ANY DESCRIPTION CONTAINED IN THIS AUCTION OR ANY SECOND OPINE. Any description of the items or second opine contained in this Auction is for the sole purpose of identifying the items for those Bidders who do not have the opportunity to view the lots prior to bidding, and no description of items has been made part of the basis of the bargain or has created any express warranty that the goods would conform to any description made by Auctioneer. Color variations can be expected in any electronic or printed imaging, and are not grounds for the return of any lot. NOTE: Auctioneer, in specified auction venues, for example, Fine Art, may have express written warranties and you are referred to those specific terms and conditions. . 39. Auctioneer is selling only such right or title to the items being sold as Auctioneer may have by virtue of consignment agreements on the date of auction and disclaims any warranty of title to the Property. Auctioneer disclaims any warranty of merchantability or fitness for any particular purposes. All images, descriptions, sales data, and archival records are the exclusive property of Auctioneer, and may be used by Auctioneer for advertising, promotion, archival records, and any other uses deemed appropriate. 40. Translations of foreign language documents may be provided as a convenience to interested parties. Auctioneer makes no representation as to the accuracy of those translations and will not be held responsible for errors in bidding arising from inaccuracies in translation. 41. Auctioneer disclaims all liability for damages, consequential or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with the sale of any Property by Auctioneer to Bidder. No third party may rely on any benefit of these Terms and Conditions and any rights, if any, established hereunder are personal to the Bidder and may not be assigned. Any statement made by the Auctioneer is an opinion and does not constitute a warranty or representation. No employee of Auctioneer may alter these Terms and Conditions, and, unless signed by a principal of Auctioneer, any such alteration is null and void. 42. Auctioneer shall not be liable for breakage of glass or damage to frames (patent or latent); such defects, in any event, shall not be a basis for any claim for return or reduction in purchase price. Release: 43. In consideration of participation in the Auction and the placing of a bid, Bidder expressly releases Auctioneer, its officers, directors and employees, its affiliates, and its outside experts that provide second opines, from any and all claims, cause of action, chose of action, whether at law or equity or any arbitration or mediation rights existing under the rules of any professional society or affiliation based upon the assigned description, or a derivative theory, breach of warranty express or implied, representation or other matter set forth within these Terms and Conditions of Auction or otherwise. In the event of a claim, Bidder agrees that such rights and privileges conferred therein are strictly construed as specifically declared herein; e.g., authenticity, typographical error, etc. and are the exclusive remedy. Bidder, by non-compliance to these express terms of a granted remedy, shall waive any claim against Auctioneer. 44. Notice: Some Property sold by Auctioneer are inherently dangerous e.g. firearms, cannons, and small items that may be swallowed or ingested or may have latent defects all of which may cause harm to a person. Purchaser accepts all risk of loss or damage from its purchase of these items and Auctioneer disclaims any liability whether under contract or tort for damages and losses, direct or inconsequential, and expressly disclaims any warranty as to safety or usage of any lot sold. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Provision: 45. By placing a bid or otherwise participating in the auction, Bidder accepts these Terms and Conditions of Auction, and specifically agrees to the dispute resolution provided herein. Consumer disputes shall be resolved through court litigation which has an exclusive Dallas, Texas venue clause and jury waiver. Non-consumer dispute shall be determined in binding arbitration which arbitration replaces the right to go to court, including the right to a jury trial. 46. Auctioneer in no event shall be responsible for consequential damages, incidental damages, compensatory damages, or any other damages arising or claimed to be arising from the auction of any lot. In the event that Auctioneer cannot deliver the lot or subsequently it is established that the lot lacks title, or other transfer or condition issue is claimed, In such cases the sole remedy shall be limited to rescission of sale and refund of the amount paid by Bidder; in no case shall Auctioneers maximum liability exceed the high bid on that lot, which bid shall be deemed for all purposes the value of the lot. After one year has elapsed, Auctioneers maximum liability shall be limited to any commissions and fees Auctioneer earned on that lot. 47. In the event of an attribution error, Auctioneer may at its sole discretion, correct the error on the Internet, or, if discovered at a later date, to refund the buyers purchase price without further obligation. 48. Dispute Resolution for Consumers and Non-Consumers: Any claim, dispute, or controversy in connection with, relating to and /or arising out of the Auction, participation in the Auction. Award of lots, damages of claims to lots, descriptions, condition reports, provenance, estimates, return and warranty rights, any interpretation of these Terms and Conditions, any alleged verbal modification of these Terms and Conditions and/or any purported settlement whether asserted in contract, tort, under Federal or State statute or regulation shall or any other matter: a) if presented by a consumer, be exclusively heard by, and the parties consent to, exclusive in personam jurisdiction in the State District Courts of Dallas County, Texas. THE PARTIES EXPRESSLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY. Any appeals shall be solely pursued in the appellate courts of the State of Texas; or b) for any claimant other than a consumer, the claim shall be presented in confidential binding arbitration before a single arbitrator, that the parties may agree upon, selected from the JAMS list of Texas arbitrators. The case is not to be administrated by JAMS; however, if the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator, then JAMS shall appoint the arbitrator and it shall be conducted under JAMS rules. The locale shall be Dallas Texas. The arbitrators award may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. Any party on any claim involving the purchase or sale of numismatic or related items may elect arbitration through binding PNG arbitration. Any claim must be brought within one (1) year of the alleged breach, default or misrepresentation or the claim is waived. This agreement and any claims shall be determined and construed under Texas law. The prevailing party (party that is awarded substantial and material relief on its claim or defense) may be awarded its reasonable attorneys fees and costs. 49. No claims of any kind can be considered after the settlements have been made with the consignors. Any dispute after the settlement date is strictly between the Bidder and consignor without involvement or responsibility of the Auctioneer. 50. In consideration of their participation in or application for the Auction, a person or entity (whether the successful Bidder, a Bidder, a purchaser and/or other Auction participant or registrant) agrees that all disputes in any way relating to, arising under, connected with, or incidental to these Terms and Conditions and purchases, or default in payment thereof, shall be arbitrated pursuant to the arbitration provision. In the event that any matter including actions to compel arbitration, construe the agreement, actions in aid or arbitration or otherwise needs to be litigated, such litigation shall be exclusively in the Courts of the State of Texas, in Dallas County, Texas, and if necessary the corresponding appellate courts. For such actions, the successful Bidder, purchaser, or Auction participant also expressly submits himself to the personal jurisdiction of the State of Texas. 51. These Terms & Conditions provide specific remedies for occurrences in the auction and delivery process. Where such remedies are afforded, they shall be interpreted strictly. Bidder agrees that any claim shall utilize such remedies; Bidder making a claim in excess of those remedies provided in these Terms and Conditions agrees that in no case whatsoever shall Auctioneers maximum liability exceed the high bid on that lot, which bid shall be deemed for all purposes the value of the lot. Miscellaneous: 52. Agreements between Bidders and consignors to effectuate a non-sale of an item at Auction, inhibit bidding on a consigned item to enter into a private sale agreement for said item, or to utilize the Auctioneers Auction to obtain sales for non-selling consigned items subsequent to the Auction, are strictly prohibited. If a subsequent sale of a previously consigned item occurs in violation of this provision, Auctioneer reserves the right to charge Bidder the applicable Buyers Premium and consignor a Sellers Commission as determined for each auction venue and by the terms of the sellers agreement. 53. Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions qualifies Bidder as a client who has consented to be contacted by Heritage in the future. In conformity with do-not-call regulations promulgated by the Federal or State regulatory agencies, participation by the Bidder is affirmative consent to being contacted at the phone number shown in his application and this consent shall remain in effect until it is revoked in writing. Heritage may from time to time contact Bidder concerning sale, purchase, and auction opportunities available through Heritage and its affiliates and subsidiaries. 54. Rules of Construction: Auctioneer presents properties in a number of collectible fields, and as such, specific venues have promulgated supplemental Terms and Conditions. Nothing herein shall be construed to waive the general Terms and Conditions of Auction by these additional rules and shall be construed to give force and effect to the rules in their entirety. State Notices: Notice as to an Auction in California. Auctioneer has in compliance with Title 2.95 of the California Civil Code as amended October 11, 1993 Sec. 1812.600, posted with the California Secretary of State its bonds for it and its employees, and the auction is being conducted in compliance with Sec. 2338 of the Commercial Code and Sec. 535 of the Penal Code. Notice as to an Auction in New York City. These Terms and Conditions of Sale are designed to conform to the applicable sections of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Rules and Regulations as Amended. This sale is a Public Auction Sale conducted by Heritage Auction Galleries, Inc. #41513036. The New York City licensed auctioneers are: Sam Foose, #095260; Kathleen Guzman, #0762165; Nicholas Dawes, #1304724; Ed Beardsley, #1183220; Scott Peterson, #1306933; Andrea Voss, #1320558, who will conduct the Sale on behalf of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. (for Coins and Currency) and Heritage Auction Galleries Inc. (for other items). All lots are subject to: the consignors rights to bid thereon in accord with these Terms and Conditions of Sale, consignors option to receive advances on their consignments, and Auctioneer, in its sole discretion, may offer limited extended financing to registered bidders, in accord with Auctioneers internal credit standards. A registered bidder may inquire whether a lot is subject to an advance or a reserve. Auctioneer has made advances to various consignors in this sale. On lots bearing an estimate, the term refers to a value range placed on an item by the Auctioneer in its sole opinion but the final price is determined by the bidders. Notice as to an Auction in Texas. In compliance with TDLR rule 67.100(c)(1), notice is hereby provided that this auction is covered by a Recovery Fund administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711 (512) 463-6599. Any complaints may be directed to the same address. Notice as to an Auction in Ohio: Auction firm and Auctioneer are licensed by the Dept. of Agriculture, and either the licensee is bonded in favor of the state or an aggrieved person may initiate a claim against the auction recovery fund created in Section 4707.25 of the Revised Code as a result of the licensees actions, whichever is applicable.

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Terms and Conditions of Auction

Additional Terms & Conditions: MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL AUCTIONS
MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL TERM A: Signature and Grand Format Auctions of Autographs, Sports Collectibles, Music, Entertainment, Political, Americana, Vintage Movie Posters and Pop Culture memorabilia are not on approval. When the lot is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity (or its equivalent) from an third-party authentication provider, buyer has no right of return. On lots not accompanied by third-party authentication or under extremely limited circumstances not including authenticity (e.g. gross cataloging error), a purchaser who did not bid from the floor may request Auctioneer to evaluate voiding a sale; such request must be made in writing detailing the alleged gross error, and submission of the lot to Auctioneer must be pre-approved by Auctioneer. A Bidder must notify the appropriate department head (check the inside front cover of the catalog or our website for a listing of department heads) in writing of the Bidders request within three (3) days of the non-floor bidders receipt of the lot. Any lot that is to be evaluated for return must be received in our offices within 35 days after Auction. AFTER THAT 35 DAY PERIOD, NO LOT MAY BE RETURNED FOR ANY REASONS. Lots returned must be in the same condition as when sold and must include any Certificate of Authenticity. No lots purchased by floor bidders (including those bidders acting as agents for others) may be returned. Late remittance for purchases may be considered just cause to revoke all return privileges. MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL TERM B: On any lot presented with a Letter of Authenticity (LOA) issued by Auctioneer or its Heritage affiliates, that warranty inures only to the original purchaser (as shown in Auctioneers records) Purchaser. Purchaser may not transfer the rights afforded under the LOA and it is null and void when Purchaser transfers or attempts to transfer the lot. The LOA warranty is valid from date of the auction in which Purchaser was awarded the lot to four (4) years after its purchase. The LOA warranty is valid as to its attribution to the person or entity described or to the lots usage, e.g. game worn. Claim procedure: Purchaser must contact the Auctioneer prior to submission of the lot as to his intent to make a claim and arrange secure shipment. If a lots authenticity is questioned by Purchaser within the warranty period, Purchaser must present with the claim, authoritative written evidence that the lot is not authentic as determined by a known expert in the sports field. If Auctioneer concurs that the lot is not as represented, Purchaser shall be refunded their purchase price. If the Auctioneer denies the claim, the Purchaser may file the dispute with the American Arbitration Association with locale in Dallas, Texas, before a single arbitration under expedited rules. The LOA does not provide for incidental or consequential damages or other indirect damages. Any lot sold with a certificate of authenticity or other warranty from an entity other than Auctioneer or Heritages affiliates is subject to such issuing entitys rules and such conditions are the sole remedy afforded to purchaser. For information as to third party authentication warranties the bidder is directed to: PSA/DNA, P.O. Box 6180 Newport Beach, CA 92658 (800) 325-1121. James Spence Authentication (JSA), 2 Sylvan Way, Suite 102 Parsippany, NJ 07054 (888) 457-7362; or as otherwise noted on the Certificate. MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL TERM C: As authenticity and provenance are not warranted, if a Bidder intends to challenge, authenticity or provenance of a lot he must notify Auctioneer in writing within thirty-five (35) days of the Auctions conclusion. Any claim as to provenance or authenticity must be first transmitted to Auctioneer by credible and definitive evidence or the opine of a qualified third party expert and there is no assurance after such presentment that Auctioneer will validate the claim. Authentication is not an exact science and contrary opinions may not be recognized by Auctioneer. Even if Auctioneer agrees with the contrary opinion of such authentication and validates the claim, Auctioneers liability for reimbursement for any opine by Bidders expert shall not exceed $500. Acceptance of a claim under this provision shall be limited to rescission of the sale and refund of purchase price; in no case shall Auctioneers maximum liability exceed the high bid on that lot, which bid shall be deemed for all purposes the value of the lot. While every effort is made to determine provenance and authenticity, it is the responsibility of the Bidder to arrive at their own conclusion prior to bidding. MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL TERM D: In the event Auctioneer cannot deliver the lot or subsequently it is established that the lot lacks title, or other transfer or condition issue is claimed, Auctioneers liability shall be limited to rescission of sale and refund of purchase price; in no case shall Auctioneers maximum liability exceed the high bid on that lot, which bid shall be deemed for all purposes the value of the lot. After one year has elapsed from the close of the Auction, Auctioneers maximum liability shall be limited to any commissions and fees Auctioneer earned on that lot. MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL TERM E: On the fall of Auctioneers hammer, buyer assumes full risk and responsibility for lot, including shipment by common carrier, and must provide their own insurance coverage for shipments. MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL TERM F: Auctioneer complies with all Federal and State rules and regulations relating to the purchasing, registration and shipping of firearms. A purchaser is required to provide appropriate documents and the payment of associated fees, if any. Purchaser is responsible for providing a shipping address that is suitable for the receipt of a firearm. MEMORABILIA AND HISTORICAL TERM G -SCREEN SHOT. Screen shots included in the catalog or on the Heritage Internet are provided for reference only. Important Notice: Many identical versions of props and costumes are created for film and television productions in the normal course of a production. Heritage does not warrant or represent that the screen shots referenced are exact images of the offered item (unless specifically noted in the written description). Use of a screen shot does not constitute a warranty or representation of authenticity or provenance. There is not a right of return or refund based upon a claim arising out of or pertaining to any reference to a screen shot. SPECIAL TERM H GUITARS: Bidders are urged to make a personal inspection of any guitar that they intend to bid on as there is a limited right of return. Heritage makes a visual inspection of the guitars to determine whether there are patent defects and whether the date and manufacturer corresponds to the description. Returns are not accepted for latent defects, structural issues, or mechanical and sound reproduction issues. It should be assumed that set up, adjustments and normal maintenance are necessary. For wiring instructions call the Credit department at 1-800-872-6467 or e-mail:

These Terms and Conditions of Sale are designed to conform to the applicable sections of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Rules and Regulations as Amended. This sale is a Public Auction Sale conducted by Heritage Auction Galleries, Inc. #41513036. The New York City licensed auctioneers are: Sam Foose, #095260; Kathleen Guzman, #0762165; Nicholas Dawes, #1304724; Ed Beardsley, #1183220; Scott Peterson, #1306933; Andrea Voss, #1320558, who will conduct the Sale on behalf of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. (for Coins and Currency) and Heritage Auction Galleries Inc. (for other items). All lots are subject to: the consignors rights to bid thereon in accord with these Terms and Conditions of Sale, consignors option to receive advances on their consignments, and Auctioneer, in its sole discretion, may offer limited extended financing to registered bidders, in accord with Auctioneers internal credit standards. A registered bidder may inquire whether a lot is subject to an advance or a reserve. Auctioneer has made advances to various consignors in this sale. On lots bearing an estimate, the term refers to a value range placed on an item by the Auctioneer in its sole opinion but the final price is determined by the bidders.

New York State Auctions Only

Rev. 1-21-11

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D.F. Barry (1854-1934) cabinet card of James McLaughlin, clerks and interpreters of the standing Rock Agency, circa 1882, 5.25 x 8 in. estimate: $600-$800 In this photograph, Bird Maynard Robinson is seated second from right; agent James McLaughlin (holding hat) is on Robinsons right.

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D.F. Barry (1854-1934) Portraits of Rain in the Face, old Wolf (misidentified as charging thunder), Gall, sitting Bull and Belly Fat, mid-1880s, 4 x 6.5 in. estimate: $2,000-$3,000

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sioux quilled and Fringed Hide Jacket, circa 1890, 32 in. estimate: $6,000-$8,000

D.F. Barry (1854-1934) Portraits of crow Foot and standing Holy, children of sitting Bull, circa 1883, 7 x 12.25 in. each estimate: $800-$1,200

sioux Horse effigy catlinite Pipe, circa 1900, 21.5 in. estimate: $2,000-$3,000

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Health issues forced Bird Maynard Robinson (1862-1933) to mingle with some of the most prominent figures of Americas westward expansion. After contracting tuberculosis at age 19, Robinson, from a well-to-do tennessee family, left for a drier climate in 1881.
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His journey took him to the standing Rock reservation in the Dakota territory, where he worked as chief clerk for the U.s. Indian service. In those days, standing Rock was a center of frontier activity. Just five years earlier, Lt. col. George Armstrong custer fell at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in nearby Montana territory. After that battle, chief sitting Bull fled the United states for canada. the year Robinson arrived, Army Maj. James McLaughlin was assigned to standing Rock. He would later write My

Friend the Indian, which chronicled his tenure as agent at the Devils Lake sioux Agency and at standing Rock. In 1883, after ending his exile in canada, sitting Bull arrived at standing Rock as well. not far away in Bismarck, photographer D.F. Barry was establishing himself as one of the 19th centurys foremost recorders of American Indian and Western portraiture. His images of custer, chief Gall, sitting Bull and others are some of the best-recognized photographs from the period. Bird Maynard Robinson crossed paths with some of the

most colorful characters of those days, says Delia e. sullivan, American Indian art specialist at Heritage. He returned to tennessee in 1888 and joined his fathers law practice, but the photographs and items he acquired during his stay in the Dakota territory and in subsequent travels are firsthand pieces from an important era in this countrys history. Items from the Robinson collection, coming directly from his descendants, are featured in Heritages American Indian Art signature Auction #691, scheduled for June 14, 2008.

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For half a century, John James audubon (1785-1851) was the countrys dominant wildlife artist. after living in Kentucky, audubon set off in the early 1800s on his epic quest to depict americas avifauna. in 1826, illustrations in hand, he sailed with his collection to england. his life-size bird portraits, along with his embellished descriptions of wilderness life, hit just the right note at the height of the continents romantic era, the national audubon society writes on its web site, and soon audubons work was in print. today, the audubon name is synonymous with birds and bird conservation the world over. in June 2008, audubons octavo edition of The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their A U c t I o n Territories with 500 hand-colored plates published in seven volumes over a five-year period realized $65,725 at heritages rare books and manuscripts auction. the octavo edition of audubons Birds was probably the greatest commercial success of any color plate book issued in 19th-century america, william s. reese writes in Stamped with a National Character: Nineteenth Century American Color Plate Books. while audubon had become internationally famous in the course of producing the double elephant folio edition of the Birds in London between 1826 and 1839, it was this octavo version, issued at $100, which achieved widespread circulation and brought the work into the homes of many well-to-do americans.


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edward sheriff curtis (1868-1952) Large Format Photogravure A corner of Zuni, 1903 21.75 x 18 in. estimate: $1,000-$1,500

c.s. Fly (circa 1849-1901) Boudoir cabinet of Geronimo and natchez (wearing hat) on Horseback, 1886 (printed circa 1910-1920) 8.5 x 5.5 in. overall estimate: $3,000-$4,000

L.A. Huffman (1854-1931) test Image of Buffalo in northern Montana, 1880 7 x 3.75 overall estimate: $750-$1,000

L.A. Huffman (1854-1931) Photograph of the old Piper Dan Ranch, tounge River, Montana, 1880 estimate: $3,000-$5,000

edward sheriff curtis (1868-1952) sepia Photograph of a Mojave Indian Youth 7 x 6.5 in. overall estimate: $400-$600

who has crucially molded our conception of north American the development of photography and the westward exIndians, Hans christian Adam writes in his photo book pansion of America converged to create some of the most t i o n p r e Curtis 1868-1952. captivating images in American history. Among the photog- a u cEdward Sheriff v i e w camillus sidney Fly (circa 1849-1901) moved to raphers who set out to chronicle the Wild West, only a few tombstone in Arizona territory in 1879 and quickly opened would later be seen as pioneers in their field. a photo studio. He took porAfter initially setting up his traits of Ike clanton, Wyatt earp studio in seattle, edward sheriff and Doc Holliday, all players in curtis (1868-1952) photographed the Gunfight at the o.K. corral, dozens of tribes from the the famous battle that came to American southwest to the Arctic. symbolize the struggle between curtis portraits are among the law-and-order and open-banmost avidly collected emblems of ditry in frontier towns. In adnative American life. dition to intimate images of no other photographer has American Indians, he captured created a larger oeuvre on [the the only known photographs of native American] theme and it Geronimos surrender to the U.s. is curtis, more than any other, edward sheriff curtis L.A. Huffman

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Army in 1886. Among his notable photos is an 1886 image of sion can help us to enlarge and enrich our understanding of santiago McKinn, a young white boy who was captured and and our affection for the West that has passed, writes Larry lived in Geronimos camp. Len Peterson, author of L.A. Huffman: Photographer of the Flys work is seen as photojournalism nearly a centuAmerican West. In my humble estimation, no one did it betry before the term was invented, Mary Jo churchwell writes ter than L.A. Huffman. in Arizona: No Ordinary Journey. While the army was chasPhotographs by these and other Western photographers ing Geronimo, [Fly] was chasing the army, boldly invading the are featured in Heritages Western Photography & early mountain stronghold of the hostile Apache warriors for the Artifacts Grand Format Auction #689, scheduled for June 13purpose of photographing them at home with their families. 14, 2008. L.A. Huffman (1854-1931) arrived in Montana territory in 1879 as post photographer at Fort Keogh. the great bufe V en t falo herds, already in their decline at that time, fascinated Western photography & early artifacts Grand Format auction #689 is scheduled for June 13-14, 2008. For inforHuffman, and his photos of landscapes, animals, early ranchmation, contact Marsha Dixey at 214-409-1455 or MarshaD@ es, American Indians and pioneers would document the, or Russ Jorzig at 214-409-1633 or sition from prairie land to farmland and cattle ranching. Kenny Gloss and Barry Morris at Bostons Brattle Book Shop. For a free Heritage catalog, call 1-800-872-6467, ext. 1150, the lesson of Huffmans work is that photography and mention code HM14814, or register online at www. used with intelligence, enthusiasm, knowledge and

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Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz (london, 1836). first edition, first printing of dickens first book. estimate: $15,000-$25,000


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Barry Morris does not downplay the role of a good dealer. Great collections, he says, are never created from the sole effort of an individual collector, but rather through a close association of the collector with a dealer whose collaboration generates the special energy that assembles the collection. It was with the help of Boston book dealer George Gloss, and later his son Kenny, that Morris was able to build his important collection of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) first editions. Theres Sketches by Boz, Dickens first book; American Notes for General Circulation, inscribed by Dickens to Serjeant Talfourd, a friend of the author and the dedicatee of The Pickwick Papers; plus Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities. The H. Barry Morris Collection of Charles Dickens First Editions, featuring more than 100 first editions, autograph letters signed, books about Dickens and other ephemeral Dickens items, is part of Heritages Rare Books & Manuscripts Grand Format Auction scheduled for June. Besides being an extraordinary group of original editions, this collection tells the story of a remarkable relationship between a prominent bookseller and an enthusiastic collector, says James Gannon, director of rare books at Heritage. Morris passion for reading began in 1963 when charles dickens American Notes for General he took a job at the Boston Public Library. Soon, I Circulation (london, 1842). first wanted to possess books, have them close to me on edition, first issue. inscribed by dickens to serjeant talfourd, the my own bookshelves, Morris says. Therein lays the dedicatee of The Pickwick Papers. genesis of my collecting. As I began to acquire more estimate: $60,000-$75,000 general books, I could not help but come across Brattle Book Shop, Bostons legendary used and rare bookstore.


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Initially, Morris, a retired media executive, focused on collecting the works of English caricaturist and book illustrator George Cruikshank (1792-1878). summer 2008 Brattle Book heritage magazine It was at the Shop that Morris picked up his first Dickens first edition, a rebound copy of Oliver Twist illustrated by Cruikshank. He soon realized it was more practical to collect the 23 novels, plus poems, sketches and short stories of Dickens than the 863 books of Cruikshank. George Gloss assisted Morris with this new direction and, after his death in 1985, the guidance continued from Georges son, Kenny. As John Carter might say, Kenny had a unique grasp for the taste and technique of the process, Morris says. His first critical piece of advice was to focus on first issues in cloth, again a practical way to perfect a collection. Next, he opened my eyes to ephemera, which for Dickens added countless, if not infinite, fascinating and interesting artifacts to acquire. But now, Morris says its time to move on. Gloss, an appraiser on PBSs Antiques Roadshow, understood when the project had been completed, when it was time for me to develop new goals, Morris says. I will miss exploring bookstores all over the world for Dickens treasures. I will miss those incredible moments when Kenny would casually say to me something like, I found a first issue of Great Expectations in cloth. But I will not miss Kenny, for he is still there atN his JU E D: bookstore, at Ulysses S. grants Civil War Presentation Sword, of books and gen. 6 every Saturday morning, to talk with ivory mounted japanned presentation case, 1864 to let me browse, before his opening hour, the shelves of his 33 in. shop, which is still the magical world that I love so much. 1

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