Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Holds First Natural History Auction in Denver

Green beryl and muscovite specimen, from the estate of Gerard L. Cafesjian

Leslie Hindman is auctioning a selection of lapidary arts carvings, rare minerals, and gems in Denver today. 

The Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers chose to hold its inaugural Natural History Auction in Colorado because of the state’s storied mining history.

Among the items for sale are pieces from the collection of Gerald L. Cafesjian, including rhodochrosite crystals from the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado and the N’Chwaning mine in South Africa.

Works from lapidary artisans Gerd Dreher, Manfred Wild, and Gerhard Becker are also featured.

?“The logistics of packing and shipping this extensive group from out of state was cumbersome, but well worth it,” said Alexander Eblen, director of Natural History at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, in a statement. “It required more than 250 custom boxes and crates and two trucks to transport the collection from Florida to Colorado. The interest in gems and minerals is clearly evident by the numerous gem and mineral shows held in Colorado annually. Thousands of collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world will attend the shows in September, which made Denver the obvious location for the auction.”

The full set of lots is available here