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Date of the auction: 22.05.2019

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Fossil Palm Flower with Fish

Eocene Green River Formation, Wyoming Unique in its delicate beauty and unusually large in size, this fossil palm flower is well-preserved, with excellent detail. An ancient herring in the composition evokes an underwater scene of a fish swimming by a water plant. The attractive golden tones of the

Lot #: 400W

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Specimen of Pink Branch Coral

Corallium species Pacific Ocean Man has had a fascination with coral for centuries, both for use in human adornment but also for its wonderful decorative nature—a point not lost on the Victorians, for instance, who used it along with other Natural History material to enliven their homes. The overall

Lot #: 401W Y

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Bee Swarm in Rare Green Amber

Dominican Republic A fully polished emerald green amber nugget displays a colony of stingless bees which were most likely trapped while harvesting tree resin for their nests. Against a dark background, this highly transparent specimen shows as a neon green fluorescence; this stunning color is very

Lot #: 402

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Framed Sea Fan

Gorgonacea Phillippines Sea fans )also known as gorgonians) are colonial soft corals comprised of tiny individual polyps that create their fan-like appearance. The present specimen is nearly the maximum size attainable for sea fans. Specimen measuring 32in (81.3cm). Frame measuring 40 x 30 x 5in

Lot #: 403W

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 22 May 2019

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Amber Specimen with Honeybee Inclusion

Dominican Republic Of free-form outline, the golden-hued amber with a large honeybee inclusion seen in high-relief. Weighing approximately 28.64 carats (5.8 grams) and measuring 44.2 x 20.16 x 15.17mm

Lot #: 404

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 22 May 2019

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Two Amber Specimens with Insect Inclusions

near Santiago, Dominican Republic Oligocene - Miocene While the arachnid seen here is often called a "Daddy Longlegs", it is not a spider, but an Opiolonid. These are most easily distinguished from spiders (Aranea) by the fact that the cephalothorax and abdomen have no constriction as seen in

Lot #: 405

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 22 May 2019

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Two Framed Sea Fans

Gorgonacea Philippines Sea Fans (also known as gorgonians) are colonial soft corals comprised of tiny individual polyps, which creates their fan-like appearance. The present lot consists of two species, one black and one white. Frames measuring 40 x 30 x 5in (101.6 x 76.2 x 12.7cm

Lot #: 406W

Estimate: US$200 - US$500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Amber Egg-form Carving

Baltic Coast Of rich honey color, with some minor plant debris to the interior, well polished to reveal the high degree of transparency. Weighing 99.2 grams. Height 68mm

Lot #: 407

Estimate: US$100 - US$200

Date: 22 May 2019

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Petrified wood

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A large, well-polished red slab of oval outline, having excellent bark texture to all edges. Measuring 28 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/2 in

Lot #: 408W

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Petrified Wood Slab--"Navajo Wood"

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A fine cross section slab having predominantly cream with pink hues which has caused some collectors in the mineral hobby to dub this as "Navajo wood". Measuring 27 1/2 x 21 x 1 1/2 in

Lot #: 409W

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Petrified Wood

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A large, red slab, which is circular in outline and rarer from that aspect. The colors distinguish this piece as being top quality for the region. Measuring 20 1/2in x 21 x 1 1/2in

Lot #: 410W

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Arizona "Rainbow" Wood

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A fine cross section slab of petrified wood having vivid red hues intermingled with a variety of other colors which have caused some collectors in the mineral hobby to dub this as "Rainbow Wood". The present specimen has a rich palette of

Lot #: 411W

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Two Petrified Wood Stumps

Araucaria Triassic Madagascar Distinguished by gorgeous, detailed bark preservation, these prehistoric wood specimens were found on the Northwest coast of Madagascar in the petrified forest dated at 220 million years old. The attractive color is the result of a variety of minerals which replaced the

Lot #: 412W

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Red Petrified Wood Slab

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A large, well-polished red slab of oval outline, having excellent bark texture to all edges. Measuring 24 x 21 1/2 x 1 1/4 in

Lot #: 413W

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large, Colorful Petrified Wood Slice on Stone Table Base

Auracarioxylon arizonicum 
Triassic
 Chinle Formation, Arizona 
 A rainbow of hues, produced by minerals specific to the locality, can be seen in the most beautiful specimens of petrified wood from the famed Chinle Formation. Polished on the face, this cross-sectioned slab of a prehistoric petrified

Lot #: 414W

Estimate: US$7,500 - US$9,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Petrified Wood Slab on Stone Table Base

Auracarioxylon arizonicum
 Triassic
 Chinle Formation, Arizona 
 Exotic minerals have produced a rainbow of hues, which are seen in the finest specimens of petrified wood. Polished on the face, this cross-sectioned slab of the petrified conifer, Auracarioxylon arizonicum, retains the original

Lot #: 415W

Estimate: US$7,500 - US$9,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Petrified Wood Slab

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A large, well-polished red with ochre slab of oval outline, having excellent bark texture to all edges. Measuring 24 x 21 x 1 in

Lot #: 416W

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Petrified Wood Slab

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A large, well-polished petrified wood slab displaying predominantly grey hues having an irregular outline which is evidence of compression during the agatization process, with excellent bark texture to all edges. Measuring 29 x 22 x 1 1/8

Lot #: 417W

Estimate: US$900 - US$1,200

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Black and Grey Petrified Wood with Calcite Inclusion

Auracarioxylon arizonicum Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona A large, well-polished slab predominating in black and grey hues, having an oval outline. With excellent bark texture to all edges and having an unusual feature of a large white calcite inclusion to the center. Measuring 31 x 28 1/2 x 1

Lot #: 418W

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Petrified Wood Log on Base

Dipterocarpus Pliocene Indonesia Captivating texture is seen in this large petrified wood log displaying gorgeous neutral tones, which are characteristic of fossilized Southeast Asian wood of the Pliocene. During this time, the area was warm and swampy; trees that fell into the tannic acid-rich

Lot #: 419W

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$10,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Polished Palm Wood Stump

Palmoxylon Cretaceous Louisiana 100 million years ago, a lush tropical forest thrived in what is now known as Louisiana. A few of the forest's palms were fortuitously fossilized after falling into a mineral-rich mud which provided protection from decaying and allowed them to mineralize into a very

Lot #: 420W

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 22 May 2019

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Fossil Palm Frond

Sabalites sp. Eocene Green River Formation, Wyoming Fossilized palm fronds are considered rare finds due to the fragility of the cellulose, of which they were composed in life. They are often regarded as the most aesthetically appealing specimens from this prehistoric lake system, which, 51 million

Lot #: 421W

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$25,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Copal Specimen with Termites

Antioquia, Colombia Copal--fossilized tree sap, or fossil resin--is a precursor to amber. The distinction between copal and amber forms an issue of contention among experts, however. In general, fossil resin is called copal is it is not older than 2 - 20 million years, but, because of the lack of a

Lot #: 422

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Lizard Skin and Foot in Amber

Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Arguably the most rare and sought after of animal specimens in amber is the lizard. In the present offering, a 100-million-year-old honey-colored Burmite amber nugget displays the skin of a lizard, and also one foot exhibiting four toes. Offered in an 8 x 6-inch

Lot #: 424

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$1,800

Date: 22 May 2019

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Mating Insects in an Amber Cabochon

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Captured in flagrante delicto, two 100-year-old flies or fleas are very clearly displayed in this clear honey-colored cabochon. While mating, the amorous pair was covered over with prehistoric tree sap and preserved for all time. Offered in

Lot #: 425

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Mystery Feather in Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Jukawang Valley, Myanmar Most amber is too young to contain dinosaur feathers, but Burmite, the 100-million-year-old amber found in the Jukawang Valley in northern Burma (Myanmar), is not. In one of the scientific stories of the year several years ago, presumed

Lot #: 426

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$2,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Red Leaf in Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Rarely is color preservation seen in amber inclusions. Here, a red or red-brown color is visible in a large, nicely detailed leaf, embedded in honey-colored amber. Leaf specimen measuring 25mm; Amber measuring 43 x 32mm

Lot #: 427

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Unusual Snakefly Larva in Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Displaying exceptional detail, a snakefly larva is seen in a specimen of clear Burmite amber. Snakefly larva are predatory, feeding on small insects, eggs and other larvae. Length of larva specimen measuring approximately 7mm; Amber

Lot #: 428

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$1,800

Date: 22 May 2019

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Scorpionfly in Amber

Mecoptera Cretaceous Myanmar Displaying outstretched wings, a scorpionfly has been beautifully preserved in Burmite amber. Scorpionflies are so named because the enlarged genitals of the males resemble the stinger of a scorpion. Measures 20 x 5mm

Lot #: 429

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 22 May 2019

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Rare Insect in Amber

Burmacoccus sp. Cretaceous Myanmar Scale insects are strange looking sap-sucking insects which appear to have many legs; however, the extra legs are, in fact, waxy fingers secreted by special glands in the female which also coat the body of the insect. The waxy secretions resemble the scales of a

Lot #: 430

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$1,800

Date: 22 May 2019