Description

    CALCITE var. MANGANOCALCITE
    Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Tetjuche, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

    Fans of cheesy 1950s horror movies will remember "The Blob," a low budget sci-fi thriller starring 27 year old Steve McQueen in his first leading role. The slightly pink and hemispherical Calcite specimen seen here would be a fine replacement for the somewhat gelatinous star of that cinematic triumph. For individuals of a darker bent, it looks like part of a skull. Its crystal form defies description, appearing to be composed of tightly packed columnar crystals, bearing odd hollow areas that could be casts where something else used to be. The surfaces inside these hollow areas are totally different from the rest of the hemisphere. Another odd thing about the piece is that when lit by SW UV. the hemisphere doesn't fluoresce at all, but the rhombic Calcite that forms the 'matrix" does glow the typical reddish orange of Manganoan Calcite. The condition of this strange object is excellent: Salvador Dali would have loved it!
    Overall Measurements: 5.07 x 4.01 x 3.66 inches (12.9 x 10.2 x 9.3 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Mountain Minerals International [Hoppel #D1188]


    Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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