Akchatau #2 Mine, Akchatau, Karagandy Province (Qaragandy Oblysy; Karaganda Oblast'), Kazakhstan

    Fluorite coming in a very wide variety of colors is well known, purple being one of the most frequently encountered. The Fluorite from the Akchatau Tungsten - Molybdenum Mine in Kazakhstan has the distinction of showing the darkest purple of all the localities normally encountered by collectors. This exceptionally large specimen is from the famous Vladimir Pelepenko Collection. It was mined in the early 1990s and consists of 50 or so cubic crystals up to 1 inch (2.57 cm) on edge that almost completely cover the top surface of a flat Quartz and Pyrite matrix. The faces of the Fluorite cubes show a myriad of beautiful and complex growth figures, lending a strange luster to what are normally simple planar surfaces. Also in evidence, is a veritable sea of small, stubby Quartz crystals of a gray color. This impressive specimen is in pristine condition. On the bottom is the accession number "588." Minor Note: The Pelepenko Collection was the first major collection to emerge from the former Soviet Union in modern times. Many of the specimens from that collection are still considered to be the best known examples from this part of the world, possibly including this one.
    Overall Measurements: 11.25 x 7.5 x 2.5 inches (28.58 x 19.05 x 6.35 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: North Star Minerals, ex. Vladimir Pelepenko Collection [Hoppel #D2206]

    Condition Report*:

    Condition report available upon request.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Art Small Set (15-20) (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 519

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 May 25 Photographs - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thank you for all that you did to make the auction sale of my silver and art glass consignment a tremendous success.
    H. W. ,
    Memphis, TN
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,098,328