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Hoppel Fine Mineral Collection - Part 1

We have been proud to bring you part one of the Hoppel Collection --- one of the largest, finest, and most significant mineral collections to be brought to auction. Unveiled at the recent 2013 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, the Hoppel Collection was greeted with amazement. This hidden treasure was the talk of the show --- the overwhelming magnitude of the collection stopped people in their tracks.

The Hoppel Collection, assembled during the 1990s and early 2000s by a wealthy industrialist, remained hidden from public view in a private museum. It consists of an astonishing 2,000+ specimens --- the breadth and scope of which is unparalleled. There are unique world-class, one-of-a-kind museum level specimens, aesthetic examples from classic localities, historic specimens, fine crystals and gems, rare species, and unusual localities. Never has such a unique assemblage been offered at auction --- and nearly all of it at no reserve. This is an opportunity for collectors and dealers alike to obtain specimens in an open and transparent forum.

There is such a wealth of specimens that the collection will be presented in a series of Signature® and Internet auctions during 2013 and 2014. The first Signature Auction took place in Dallas on Sunday, June 2, 2013, and brought in over $3 million dollars.

Should you have any questions about the contents of the collection, please don't hesitate to contact us. We hope that you will be as intrigued and excited by the Hoppel Collection as we are and join us at the auctions!

Highlights of the First Hoppel Auction Include

Rhodochrosite: Sweet Home Mine
Rhodochrosite

Sweet Home Mine, Alma Dist., Park Co., Colorado
11.5 x 5 inches (29.2 x 12.7 cm)
Sold for $146,500+
Linarite
Linarite

Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg Dist. Socorro Co., New Mexico
2.75 x 2 inches (7 x 5 cm) with largest crystal 1 inch (2.5 cm) long
Sold for $158,500
 
Native Gold
Native Gold

Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California
5.5 x 4 inches (14 x 10.2 cm)
Sold for $32,500
Aquamarine
Apophyllite on Stilbite

The Snow Angel
Momin Akhada, Ahmadnagar Dist., Maharashtra, India
10.5 x 8 inches (26.7 x 20.3 cm)
Sold for $30,000
Apophyllite on Stilbite
Aquamarine

Medina, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
9 x 1.5 inches (23 x 4 cm)
Sold for $158,500
Stibnite
Stibnite

Lubilhac, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France
8.5 x 5 inches (21.6 x 12.7 cm)
Sold for $56,250
 
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite

Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France
2 x 1.75 inches (5.1 x 4.4 cm)
Sold for $8,125
Copper crystal inside of copper vug
Native Copper

Copper crystal inside of copper vug
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan
3 x 2 inches (7.6 x 5 cm)
Sold for $23,750
Sapphire
Sapphire

Passara Gem Mine, Badulla, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
2 x 1.25 inches (5 x 3.2 cm)
Sold for $15,000
Rhodochrosite: South Africa
Rhodochrosite

N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, N.Cape Prov., South Africa
1.75 x 1 inches (4.4 x 2.5 cm)
Sold for $12,500