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    Crystallized Gold
    Eagle's Nest Mine (Mystery Wind Mine)
    Sage Hill, Michigan Bluff District (Michigan Bluff deposit)
    Placer Co., California, USA

    The majority of all Gold mined gets refined, so pieces which exist in nugget and in crystallized form are inherently rare. When it comes to such crystallized examples, aesthetics come into play as the value to collectors often far exceeds any value related to the Gold content, as is typically the case with nuggets. The ideal representation is this truly outstanding display specimen from the world-famous Eagle's Nest Mine - a top California locality for Gold. Weighing 280 grams (9.00 oz t), it is the museum-quality attributes that drive the value of such pieces. This wonderful example features incredible flat octahedrons and complex Spinel Twins, as well as a very vibrant luster on every surface. An important Gold and an incredible display mineral, this complex and stunning golden-yellow representation exhibits sharp edges, leaf forms, numerous holes, and two sides of which either could be the primary display face. As if those characteristics were not enough, this was once in the collection of legendary collector and Mathematician Dr. Steve Smale. Furthermore, a calendar titled "Beautiful Crystals" put out in 1993 with Photography and text by Smale features this Gold on its cover. This Gold specimen was one of his favorites of the 1990s. A sealed copy of the above-referenced calendar accompanies the offering as further provenance.
    Measurements: 3.76 x 3.15 x 1.54 x inches (9.55 x 8.00 x 3.90 cm), weighs 280 grams

    Provenance: Ex. Steve Smale Collection


    Estimate: $200,000 - up.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    December
    8th Wednesday 11:50 am CT
    Auction Dates
    December
    8th Wednesday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    11 Days 18h 24m 11s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: 31
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    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 15% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    This lot is in: 1 - Signature® Floor Session - Golds & Gemstones (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 72001-72100) - 12:00 PM Central Time, Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 7 days before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

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    Dallas, TX 75261



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