Chuquicamata Mine, Calama, Antofagasta Region, Chile (TYPE LOCALITY)
Cabinet, 10.0 x 5.5 x 5.1 cm
Ex. George Kunz
A beautiful and rather large specimen with excellent crystals of this rarity from this important, long-defunct locale. From the collections of the New York State Museum (though without a label). Recently from the Lawrence Conklin collection of significant rarities. Better in person, with more depth and color than you see here, this is one of the rarest display-quality Chuqui minerals to find on the market today. It can easily be trimmed in half in the middle and I frankly think each half is worth the same as the whole when chopped in two. Note the OLD label: A price of $15 in those days was the equivalent of well over $1000 today and was a HUGE price for a rarity. This shows the significance put on the specimen in the days they came out. the glued on label is not an A.E. Foote label, but is a type used by his son Warren Foote from about 1900 to 1916. A lot of institutions added to their collections when Warren Foote had a big clearance sale in 1916. This may be when the museum acquired the specimen