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    Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
    An exquisitely fine and large group of Malachite stalactites displaying an exceptional shimmering luster - one could make the erroneous assumption that it is an exceptionally good specimen from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Congo - but that would be wrong: the true (and very surprising) origin of this dynamic mineral specimen is a now closed mine in China! The color ranges from a dark green that is almost black, to a shimmering leaf green in areas of high reflectance. Condition of the surface is exceptional for this type of Malachite: most are damaged to a significant degree during removal/transport from the field. The form itself is the result of multiple, separate stalactites growing into each other over time and finally resulting in a complex sculpture. This was a one-time-only find from about 20 years ago and most (if not all of the specimens) went into the private collection of a Chinese fossil dealer, who was recently convinced that he should part with his minerals. Alas, there will be no more of these fine specimens: the quarry site is now completely flooded and it is used to train divers. This unique Malachite is in excellent condition, measures a sizable 10 inches high by 6¼ inches wide by 3 3/8 inches thick (25.4 x 15.9 x 8.6 cm), and comes with a custom labeled base.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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