Description

    FLUORESCENT SVABITE
    Langban, Sweden
    This is a classic and rare fluorescent mineral specimen from a classic European locality. Svabite is a member of the Apatite-group minerals, more specifically of the Arsenate-Apatites, a very rare sub-group of a large and abundant grouping, and one that wins the fluorescence competition hands-down. This fine specimen of svabite fluoresces in a brilliant orange under shortwave ultraviolet rays, streaked with lesser quantities of an unidentified red-fluorescing mineral (probably either tilasite or tirodite). A very small amount of non-fluorescent material is also present in streaks across this large, blocky specimen, up to 5¾ inches on the diagonal and 5 inches along the longest edge of the main face, with a thickness of about 3 inches. This is a very rare specimen on the market; besides the locality being in a desolate and remote region, the Swedish government generally limits access to serious researchers, and the material that has been distributed is typically smashed into small pieces to fit into the small standardized European rare mineral species boxes of less than 2 inches square. Not only is this specimen exceptionally rich in color, but the blockiness and unusual angular-shaped faces allow it to be displayed to good advantage in numerous positions, an unusual yet highly desirable bonus feature. A superb, rare and large cabinet-sized fluorescent specimen from a locality that could potentially give the famed Franklin mining district a run for its money as the fluorescent mineral capital of the world, if only greater access were granted.

    Provenance: Ex Hugh Ronemus Collection


    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: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,048

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) 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 2018 April 17 Modern & Contemporary Art - Prints & Multiples - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I sent out several inquiries, but Moyun is the primary reason I went with Heritage. She is extremely knowledgeable.
    Linda H.,
    Washington, D.C.
    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

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