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    Azurite
    Copper Queen Mine, Queen Hill, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

    "A wonderful undamaged cluster of sparkling azurite balls on matrix. One of the best specimens collected. The balls are up to almost two centimeters and the limonite matrix upon which they are growing is dotted with tiny green malachite pseudomorphs after cuprite."
    - Rock H. Currier

    A BIG Bisbee Azurite may not make them swipe right on Tinder, but it will probably be a better investment than that condo in Maui you've been thinking about. Besides their intrinsic natural beauty, minerals have proven to be durable, dependable, and portable investments. This Bisbee Azurite is a case in point. It went from being a pretty thing to add to the collection back when the mines were going and there were lots around, to valuable and sought after, today. Another plus is that you can tell if the specimen is esthetically challenged and less valuable just by looking at it. How about fakery you ask? Bisbee Azurites such as this one, show a distinctive orange matrix color that you don't have to be an expert to assess. In short, this specimen is not just a fine mineral based on size and esthetics, it is also a textbook study in why and how, to have your Azurite and your capital too. There is a custom labeled base.
    Overall Measurements: 7.9 x 4.3 x 7.9 inches (20.0 x 11.0 x 20.0 cm)

    Provenance: RHC #6840, acquired 1999

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


    Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000.

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

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    August
    26th Monday 10:50 am CT
    Auction Dates
    August
    26th Monday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    3 Days 13h 4m 59s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: 18
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    This lot is in: 1 - Signature® Floor Session (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 72001-72322) - 11:00 AM Central Time, Monday, August 26, 2019.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

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    Heritage Auctions - Design District Showroom
    1518 Slocum Street
    Dallas, TX 75207

    Current Bid:
    $15,000
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