Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    GOETHITE
    Sherwood Mine, Mineral Hills, Menominee Iron Range, Iron Co., Michigan, USA

    The rounded and metallic forms exhibited by this Goethite specimen suggest a very diverse collection of objects of similar form: a fragment from a broken Botero sculpture, some of Darth Vader's formal wear, etc., etc. The basic point being that it doesn't look like a "ROCK", even though it is. This fine example of Goethite has come from Michigan's iron mining district. Attempts to research it more fully result in less data than already provided by the label, from which we know the name of the mine and that it was mined between the 1940's and the 1950's, when this district was flourishing. The smooth and rounded forms are echoed on a much smaller scale by minute round 'bumps' liberally scattered all over the black exterior of the piece. The sides and bottom show the characteristic ocher colored banding typical of this material. There are a couple of minor dings, chiefly on the backside; otherwise it is in fine condition. On the bottom is an accession # 257-86 but we have no further data on the source of that number.
    Overall measurements: 6 x 5.5 x 4.75 inches (15.2 x 14 x 12.1 cm). Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: North Star Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D1529]


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


    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. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. 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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,936

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $50,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $50,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    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
    Only 14 days left to consign to the 2020 June 18 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Beverly Hills!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I am not only a happy first-time consignor, I will be returning! Thank you for the wonderful experience.
    John Paul R.,
    Chicago, IL
    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