Collection of 27 Rhodochrosites--"Red Gold" from the Kalahari
Lot 1197
Collection of 27 Rhodochrosites--"Red Gold" from the Kalahari
US$ 200,000 - 250,000
£120,000 - 150,000

Lot Details
Property from Various Owners
Collection of 27 Rhodochrosites--"Red Gold" from the Kalahari
N'Chwaning 1 Mine, N'Chwaning 2 Mine, Hotzatel Mine, Wessels Mine, Black Rock Mine, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Originating from the now closed manganese mine this is a notable and visually arresting collection of 27 rhodochosite specimens which was painstakingly formed by its owner over several years in order to create a comprehensive representation exemplifying various crystal habits of this sought-after mineral. The north-western region, where mining began, was particularly noted for the presence of exceptional rhodochrosite specimens associated with mainly manganite and drusy secondary quartz. The primary years of specimen production were in the late 1970s to the early 80s and older specimens are now impossible to obtain unless they reach the market from private collections. (27)

Bonhams is pleased to offer this collection in its entirety. It is hoped that the collection will remain intact to preserve its significance and enjoyment of its aesthetic beauty for future generations. Thus, it will first be offered as a collection of 27 pieces en suite. Should lot 1197 fail to reach its reserve, the specimens will be offered as 27 individual lots numbered 1197A through 1197Q
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