CRYSTAL CLASSICS Auction in Aid of Cancer Research UK

30 May 2014



During our SUMMER OPEN DAY on the 7th of June we will also be hosting a small mineral auction with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

We have selected 18 great specimens for our auction which will be held at 2pm. The auction is hosted by the professional auctioneer Richard Bromell from Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne.

You can view the auction lots below and for those of you who would like to make a bid but are unable to attend our Summer Open Day you can email a bid through to the following email before 5pm on Friday 6th June:
(Please note that we can't accept bids that are made after 5pm GMT on Friday the 6th of June)

If you wish to make a bid on one or several mineral specimens in our auction please make sure to give us the lot number of the specimen you wish to bid for and provide your full name and address and phone number when contacting us. When you have made your first bid Debbie will send you a confirmation email with further instructions.

The following minerals will be in our auction on the 7th of June starting at 2pm!



Clinoclase Cornwall
An exceptional thumbnail specimen of Clinoclase from Wheal Gorland. A prize specimen from one of Cornwall's most celebrated mines in the St. Day District, Gwennap, Camborne, Cornwall, England. Size: 3cm x 2.5cm x 2.3cm


Lot: CCDN7930

Meta-Torbernite Cornwall
Richly bright metallic-green disc-like crystals of Torbernite (up to 1.5cm). A rich example from this classic locality well known for its well crystallised Torbernites. The specimen size is 4cm x 3cm x 1cm.

Lot: ASG0469

Fluorite on Chalcopyrite - Cornwall
This well formed Fluorite on Chalcopyrite from the South Crofty Mine, Carn Brea, Illogan, Cornwall is 4cm x 3.7 x 2.5cm and is the perfect miniature specimen to have in a British suite.


Lot: CCDN7785

Chalcophyllite Cornwall

This is an excellent example of Chalcopyllite from Wheal Unity from the St. Day District, Cornwall England. The whole specimen measures 7cm x 5,5cm x 3,5cm.


Lot: ASG0532

Cerussite Co.Durham, England
A small specimen of "Jack Straw" Cerussite from the Stotfield Burn Mine, Rookhope, Weardale, Co. Durham, England (5cm x 3.7 x 3.2cm). This is a nice rich example of Cerussite with crystals up to 3.3cm.


Lot: ASG0291

Metatorbenite - Cornwall
This Metatorbernite from the well known locality West Wheal Basset, Illogan, Camborne, Cornwall was in the Shields Flynn collection and is richly covered in bright metallic-green crystals. The specimen measures 8.5cm x 5.5cm x 4.5cm.


Lot: ASG0531

Bismuthinite - Cornwall
An excellent specimen of Bismuthinite from the classic Fowey Consols Mine. The Bismuthinite is seen as a rich network of acicular prismatic crystals  up to 1.2cm. The colour and luster of the Bismuthinite is metallic silvery-grey.
The whole specimen measures 7cm x 5.7cm x 4.5cm.


Lot: CCDN8281

Chrysocolla on Cuprite

A real classic is this ex. Richard Talling Chrysocolla on Cuprite from the Phoenix United Mine, Minions, Linkinhorne, Cornwall, England. The powder-green crystals are neatly placed on the left side of the specimen
which measures 7.5cm x 4.5cm x 3.5cm.

Lot: CCDN2983

A well formed twin Calcite from the heart of the West Cumberland Iron Ore Field. The Calcite is essentially colourless gemmy with very lustrous well formed faintly striated faces. The crystal has a size of 6.5cm x 6.5cm x 4cm.

Lot: CCDD1458

Chalcocite Cornwall
Extensive crystallisation of large dark Chalcocite showing good multi-stepping detail and fine overlaid platelet growth patterns. A real collector's Chalcocite measuring 7.5cm x 5cm x 3.5cm.

Lot: CCDN6443

Parnauite Cornwall
A super specimen of rare Parnauite is seen as a light blue-green to white silky crystal groups lining a cavity. Light green botryoidal Malachite partly lines a continuation of the cavity above the Parnauite. The specimen from the Ting Tang Mine, Carharrack, Cornwall, England is a fine cabinet piece measuring 7cm x 5cm x 4cm.

Lot: CCDN5036

Sphalerite Cornwall
A large cabinet display specimen exhibiting bronze coloured botryoidal Sphalerite crystals in clusters standing up to 30mm proud of the snow white Quartz matrix with marked 'valleys' in between the clusters. An fascinating mineral landscape! This ex. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia piece measures 11.5cm x 9cm x 6cm

Lot: ASG0283

Siderite Devon
This specimen belongs to probably one of the most well known Epimorphs from the Virtuous Lady Mine, Buckland Monachorum, Devon. The specimen of Siderite after Baryte displays the classic shape of the bladed Baryte crystal epimorphed by tan-dark brown coloured Siderite, with a dusting of Pyrite. A great ex. Shields Flynn collection piece that measures 10.5cm x 5cm x 1cm.


Lot: CCDN3995

Calcite Cumbria
A beautiful bright specimen of slender prismatic Calcite crystals from the Pallaflat Mine, Bigrigg, Egremont, Cumbria. The colourless gemmy partly translucent white Calcite crystals measure to 4.2cm. This is a great cabinet piece measuring 10cm 9.5cm x 5cm.

Lot: ASG0482

Fluorite with Quartz Cornwall
This Fluorite with Quartz and Pyrite is a great combination piece from Wheal Jane, Baldhu, Kea, Camborne - St Day district, Cornwall, England. The pale purple edged Fluorite crystals are nicely paired with the colourless Quartz. The metallic shine of the Pyrite coating on some of the Fluorite and Quartz crystals makes this large cabinet piece a nice display specimen. Size 14cm x 9cm x 4cm.



Fluorite - Co. Durham
A large classic lustrous specimen of Fluorite from the Joseph Brown's Crosscut, East Vein, Greenlaws Mine in the Weardale mining area, Co. Durham, England. The up to 3.5cm purple Fluorite crystals form a nice plate. This ex. Phil Youd specimen measures 14cm x 12.5cm x 4cm.

Lot: CCDN8355

Hemimorphite Scotland
The cream-white botryoidal Hemimorphite is coating a large plate of Quartz crystals on a matrix of Sphalerite. This is an old classic piece from Wanlockhead, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland and is with 16cm x 14cm x6cm a large display specimen.


Lot: CCDN3396

Quartz South Crofty Mine
Our last auction lot is a large museum size display Quartz from the South Crofty Mine, Illogan, Camborne, Cornwall and is an ex. Harris collection piece. The up to 5.5cm tall standing Quartz crystals cover a specimen of 28.5cm x 18cm x 7cm.


We are hopeful to have a successful auction in aid of Cancer Research UK and also encourage all collectors that can't make it to our Summer Open Day to have a look through our auction lots. We will post daily updates with current highly bids.

Everyone at Crystal Classics would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the great cause.

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