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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 44

    A SPECIMEN OF CORNETITE

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    A SPECIMEN OF CORNETITE
    of natural form, from the Star of the Congo Mine, Katanga, rich, intensely blackish blue to a rich teal blue and bright, lustrous rosettes cover the display side of this specimen.
    6¼in. (16cm.) wide


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    This relatively rare copper phosphate reaches its zenith at the Star of Congo Mine - and occurs in such quality nowhere else on earth. These micro-crystals combine to form little crystal balls with an incredible sparkle. This specimen has excellent aesthetics and is in remarkably fine condition. The intensity of the colour marks it as being from the now-famous find of the 1998 pocket of this "best of" material, brought out at the time by the Belgian dealer Gilbert Gauthier.

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