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    El Refugio Mine, Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico

    Choix has produced some of the world's great Smithsonites, though they only came out in a few large finds over the decades, and nothing good has come out since the late 1990s. Pink Smithsonite completely blankets a three-dimensional, knobby matrix on this colorful specimen from the El Refugio Mine. This mine produced a variety of intensely colored Smithsonite sporadically over a period of 50 years. The pinks and hot pinks, like this piece, are the most classic and sought after. This one has a particularly rich, saturated pink color with a scintillating surface luster. The individual knobs or botryoids range from 1.5 to 4 cm across, and all exhibit a distinct translucence. This weighs just over 1 kilogram (2.33 pounds) and represents carving-grade pink Smithsonite that is evenly colored and so beautiful. This piece comes with a custom engraved lucite base for display.
    Measurements: 5.87 x 4.88 x 1.81 inches (14.90 x 12.40 x 4.60 cm)

    Provenance: The Collection of a Southern Gentleman

    Estimated Gallery Pricing: $7,500

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

    Auction Dates
    December, 2021
    8th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 298

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 15% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

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