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Date of the auction: 22.05.2019

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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

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Tarantula in Burmite Amber

Tarantula Dipluridae Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Accompanied by a beetle and a centipede, a fascinating tarantula is seen in a honey-colored amber nugget. Tarantula Dipluridae are known as Funnel-Web Tarantulas. They possess large and powerful venomous fangs, which move up and down in a

Lot #: 431

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Superb Scorpion in Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar An exceptionally well preserved scorpion, with an assortment of insects, in a clear amber nugget. Many of the insects found in Burmite amber are extinct species that are similar, but slightly different than, modern insect species. Length of scorpion measuring

Lot #: 432

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

Date: 22 May 2019

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A Wasp, Millipede and Spider in Burmite Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Three fascinating animals are seen in this clear honey colored amber specimen: a wasp, a millipede and a spider. Preserved insects in amber are a rarity, but three specimens preserved in such close proximity is quite a phenomenon. Measuring

Lot #: 433

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Carnivorous Cricket in Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Entombed in a clear, golden amber cabochon is a carnivorous cricket, an extinct type of cricket which preyed on other insects. Cricket measuring approximately 6 to 7mm; Amber cabochon measuring 15 x 12mm

Lot #: 434

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

Date: 22 May 2019

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Pseudoscorpion in Burmite Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) Pseudoscorpions are actually arachnids with pedipalps (pincers) resembling the pincers of scorpions. Pseudoscorpions do not have stingers, but they do possess a venom gland used to capture and immobilize insects. Pseudoscorpion measuring

Lot #: 435

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

Date: 22 May 2019

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Rare Flower in Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) This rare flower belongs to one of the earliest flower species to appear on Earth. The first flowers made their appearance about 130 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous. Length of flower measuring 4mm; Amber measuring 10 x 7mm

Lot #: 436

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

Date: 22 May 2019

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Blue Amber Specimen

Dominican Republic With a polished faced and natural rind of the specimen to the reverse side with plant debris visible to the interior and a blue fluorescence. Weighing approximately 43.15 carats (8.64 grams) and measuring 36.08 x 32.8 x 14.92mm

Lot #: 439

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 22 May 2019

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Polished Green Amber Nugget

Cretaceous Ethiopia Gem-quality with a high degree of transparency, this is a polished, natural green amber specimen from the rare locality of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Amber is prized due to the rich green colors it produces. Scientists are still in the process of studying this type of Amber to try and

Lot #: 443

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 22 May 2019

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Amber cabochon with Insect Inclusions with a Wing

Dominican Republic A large domed cabochon of amber display a pair of insects inflagrante delicto as well as a large pair of insect wings (without body). Weighing approximately 17.7 grams and measuring 37.59 x 21.11mm

Lot #: 444

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Spider in Amber

Oligocene Chiapas, Mexico Featuring a large spider inclusion standing out in contrast to the otherwise clear amber. Weighing approximately 43.5 carats (8.7 grams) and measuring 55.63 x 26.98 x 10.82mm

Lot #: 445

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 22 May 2019

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Amber with Insect Inclusion

Oligocene Chiapas, Mexico Featuring an ant inclusion which is easily visible and stands out in contrast to the otherwise clear amber. Weighing approximately 6.81 carats (1.36 grams) and measuring 33.14 x 12.2 x 6.2mm

Lot #: 446

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 22 May 2019

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Amber with Rare Enhydro Inclusion

Oligocene Chiapas, Mexico Having some plant matter inclusions and most notably, a large bubble with water trapped inside, easily visible when one tilts the specimen from side to side. Weighing approximately 93.0 carats (18.6 grams) and measuring 60.75 x 42.32 x 13.50mm

Lot #: 447

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

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Amber Specimen with Insect Inclusions

Dominican Republic Having numerous unidentified insect inclusions visible in high relief. Weighing approximately 52.0 grams and measuring 3 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 1/2in

Lot #: 448

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Amber Specimen

Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly, Burma) A large specimen with deep red color, particularly visible with translucency at the edges, having a convoluted surface and lines of deposition visible to the reverse side. Weighing approximately 783.2 grams and measuring 7 1/2 x 5 x 4 in

Lot #: 449

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 22 May 2019

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Feather in Burmese Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly Burma) Known as Burmese Amber, one of the oldest clear types of amber found in the world comes from Myanmar. Preserved with amazing definition in the present amber specimen is a rare feather. Amber piece measuring 1in

Lot #: 450

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

Date: 22 May 2019

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Flower in Burmese Amber

Indeterminate species Cretaceous Myanmar (formerly Burma) Burmese Amber is deeper in color than younger amber, is harder than younger amber and becomes much bluer in ultraviolet light. Offered is a flower specimen, which became embedded in amber from a prehistoric forest of Myanmar. Amber piece

Lot #: 451

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 22 May 2019

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Amber Flower Study

Baltic Region This is a traditional form of a Baltic folk art incorporating a local mineral: amber. Depicting a bouquet of roses, comprising numerous flower heads and buds carved of amber as well as serrated carved leaves. The stems are formed from actual dried rose stems. The three-dimensional

Lot #: 452W

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 22 May 2019

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Amber Nugget Floor Lamp

Indonesia A unique floor lamp consisting of an old teak wood tree trunk into which several hundred polished amber nuggets have been placed. The nuggets have a cognac colored body color, but under ultraviolet light they fluoresce a strong blue. The lamp is raised on a wooden base formed of teak wood

Lot #: 453W

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

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Green Amber Sphere

Oligocene Chiapas, Mexico A large amount of rough is wasted when creating a sphere so one can only imagine the size of the rough used to carve a sphere of such a large diameter. A cognac-colored body color with strong green overtones this sphere also has strong strong blue fluorescence Weighing

Lot #: 454

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Uncoiled Ammonite

Audoliceras sp. Jurassic Volga River, Ulianovsk Region, Russia This delicately curled heteromorphic ammonite has been carefully prepared on its original matrix and displays iridescent mother-of-pearl surfaces on its ribbed shell. Measuring 9 x 7 x 3 in

Lot #: 456

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 22 May 2019

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Large Ammonite on Stand

Arietites bucklandi Early Jurassic Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK A massive specimen, for the species, from a famous locality. Fine preparation and overall aesthetics distinguish this decorative specimen. Diameter measuring 20in; Including stand, measuring 24in

Lot #: 457W

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 22 May 2019

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Ammonite Cluster on Stand

Lytoceras sp., Pachydiscus sp., Cleoniceras sp. Late Jurassic Tulear Morondava River Basin, Atsimo-Andrefana Region of Tular, Madagascar A fascinating variety of sea life from the Late Jurassic. The great number of specimens indicates that a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake or underwater

Lot #: 458W

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

Date: 22 May 2019