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    HISTORIC VARISCITE NODULE
    Little Green Monster Variscite Mine, Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Oquirrh Mtns., Utah Co., Utah, USA
    This historic Variscite nodule, from the now mined-out Clay Canyon locality of Utah, contains the rare phosphate: Montgomeryite. It was part of the eponymous Dr. Arthur Montgomery's personal collection. Dr. Montgomery (1909-1999) was the renowned mineralogist and Professor of Geology who was responsible for initially discovering the mineral, subsequently named in his honor, from this type-locality. In addition to Variscite and Montgomeryite, this specimen contains other rare phosphates: Gordonite, Crandallite,Wardite and Millisite. Rich lime-green Variscite contrasts strongly with the yellow Crandallite in this classic example. Both the slab and the nodule end are extremely well polished and in fine condition. The slab measures 6 x 6 x ½ inches thick and the matching end cut measures 6 x 5 ¾ x 1 ¼ inches thick at its deepest point.
    Provenance: Dr. Arthur Montgomery collection


    Estimate: $2,500 - $2,800.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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