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    SPERRYLITE
    Talnakh Cu-Ni Deposit, Noril'sk, Putoran Plateau, Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

    As most anyone past the age of eight can testify, Platinum is valuable: the evening news faithfully reports on current prices for a measly ounce of the stuff. It's heavy, so an ounce isn't all that much of this precious metal. Consequently, one can assume that any specimen with visible Platinum is serious Platinum ore if nothing else. This matrix specimen is something else, given that it not only has visible Platinum minerals in it - they are in the form of a brilliant and certainly perfect crystal of Sperrylite: the di-arsenide of Platinum, embedded in Talnakhite. The crystal measures 0.25 inch (0.63 cm) across, and it sits at the very top of a bronze colored matrix of massive Talnakhite. The bottom bears an unidentified accession number "0125." This fine Sperrylite is in pristine condition.
    Overall Measurements: 1.75 x 1.25 x 1.5 inches (4.45 x 3.18 x 3.81 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: The Rocksmiths [Hoppel #D0125]


    Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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