Spectacular Gemstone Collection Sold More than 200 lots of what was promoted as the finest-quality colored gemstones ever offered at unreserved public auction were presented at Shreve’s Auction Galleries in New York in May. The auction of what was billed as the “Connoisseur’s Gem Collection” offered the private collection of Dennis Dunn, the fruit of Dunn’s 15-year quest to gather the finest colored gems available. All gems in the auction were certified as completely natural. The list of gemstones was impressive, leading with a 78.59-ct. “Empress of Alma” Sweet Home mine rhodocrosite, reportedly the third-largest faceted rhodocrosite in the world (the red gem pictured at left). The stone sold for $12,000. Among the other important gems were a 29.93-ct. cushion-cut tanzanite, which sold for $11,000; an 8.91-ct. “imperial pink” topaz, which fetched $10,500; and a 15

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