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    Native Silver

    Native Silver
    Michigan, USA

    "An arborescent cluster of silver crystals of about 4.5 inches in diameter. I traded this specimen from the George Vaux collection at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia when Harold Arndt was still curator."
    - Rock H. Currier

    God only knows what Rock traded to Bryn Mawr in order to get this, but there was either: a lot of it, a hell of a specimen of it, or both. As most collectors over the neophyte level know, Native Silver crystals don't grow on trees. They don't even grow in most Silver mines. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is one of the few places that they do occasionally appear, although never in large quantities. Big ones, (Yes, this is a BIG one) are eagerly sought after. We don't know what George Vaux had to give for this one, but you can bet it didn't come cheap even back in his day. Aesthetically, this "wave" of Native Silver crystals is as good as it gets. There is a custom acrylic base.
    Overall Measurements: 4.7 x 3.5 x 1.2 inches (12.0 x 9.0 x 3.0 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. Bryn Mawr College, Ex. George Vaux Collections [RHC #3351, acquired 1977]

    [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 25m 19s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: 19
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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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