Exceptional Platinum Nugget--"The Star of Russia"

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Lot 1111
Exceptional Platinum Nugget--"The Star of Russia"

Sold for US$ 50,000 inc. premium

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4 Dec 2018, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

Exceptional Platinum Nugget--"The Star of Russia"
Konder Massif, Far Eastern Siberia, Russia
This is the largest known platinum nugget to have been discovered in the past two decades. In nature, only .001% of platinum nuggets found are 1/2 an ounce or bigger: this specimen weighs an extraordinary 14.55 troy ounces. The oblong, or elongated, specimen is rugged in appearance and displays a scintillating surface that dramatically contrasts with the naturally occurring patina of black chromite/magnetite. There are flat reflective contact surfaces where the platinum formed against the octahedral surfaces of the nugget's chromite crystals. Much of the chromite has been removed which yielded this very aesthetic appearance. The mirror-like platinum surfaces reflect and sparkle like the stars in the Siberian night sky, hence it was dubbed "The Star of Russia" by its previous owner. While most platinum nuggets are considered homely, this is the most aesthetic platinum nugget we have seen. The aesthetics, combined with its incredible size, make this a specimen worthy of consideration by the most serious collector. Weighing approximately 14.55 troy ounces (412.48 grams) and measuring 3 x 1 1/2 in (7.3 x 3.1 x 2.9mm)
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Exceptional Platinum Nugget--"The Star of Russia"
Exceptional Platinum Nugget--"The Star of Russia"
Exceptional Platinum Nugget--"The Star of Russia"
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