Rare Red Fluorite

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Lot 1273
Rare Red Fluorite

Sold for US$ 9,760 inc. premium

Natural History

1 Jun 2009, 13:00 EDT

New York

Rare Red Fluorite
Point Kurtz, Chamonix, France
Possessing a translucency so great that it appears to have an inner “glow”, these incandescent, intensely colored crystals display a distinct red hue rather than the traditional pink color known for the Alps. The intergrown cluster of cubic fluorite crystals, measuring up to 1 cm, surmount a pedestal of granite matrix, extending to the reverse side as well. From the famous 1991 find at Point Kurtz this is one of a few select specimens in terms of quality of aesthetics, form, and condition and has remained at the pinnacle of Alpine fluorite collecting for 18 years. Obtainable only rarely now from older private collections they remain very sought-after—the present specimen has an impeccable provenance.
Offered on a custom-fitted Lucite base. Measuring 8.5 x 4.5 x 3.5cm (3 ½ x 1 ¾ x 1 ½ in)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Ex. Eric Asselborn Collection, Ex Marc Weil Collection
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