Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    LAZURITE
    Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Kokscha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

    Just about everybody wearing a piece of Lapis Lazuli jewelry has a 'piece of the rock' from a place almost as remote as the Antarctic. The Sar-e-Sang deposits can only be reached following a 40 km horse or donkey trail from the nearest bad road. The workings extend vertically from 2700 meters to 3400 meters ASL, in steeply mountainous terrain liberally supplied with six and seven thousand meter peaks. Which is why the working season lasts five months at best. For many years, the only products seen by the outside world were chunks of rough material suitable as raw material for carvings and jewelry. As is typical in artisanal mining operations, some of the locals finally wondered if the occasional crystal of Lazurite that appeared in their production might be worth something more than just "ore" value. As it turns out, they were right. Sharp and large crystals in matrix, such as this piece, are worth considerably more as specimens than 'rough'. Here we have a coarsely crystalline white marble with three stout crystals up to 4.4 cm across studding an exposed surface. The Lazurite displays the even Indigo blue color of the best Lapis and the "greasy" luster normally exhibited by these crystals. There are other, partial crystals on the edges but they are irrelevant to its display qualities or value. In excellent condition.
    Overall measurements: 4.25 x 2.25 x 3.5 inches (10.8 x 5.7 x 8.9 cm).

    Provenance: Mountain Minerals [Hoppel # D0244]


    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. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. 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.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,197

    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

    VIEW BENEFITS
    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
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 May 18 Texas Art Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You helped me navigate unchartered territory and I do appreciate all of the work you put in to it. You are appreciated!
    Jamie W.,
    Tulsa, OK
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2018 April 24 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 April 24 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,407,487