New York Man's Rare Minerals Collection Includes "Sharon Stone"

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Rock solid prices are expected in a rare minerals auction to be conducted by Heritage Auction Galleries on September 28, 2008 in Dallas, Texas and online. One of the specimens in the auction, a seven-inch tall group of rainbow-hued group of Tourmaline crystals found in Brazil in 1998, was nicknamed by the miners who discovered it, "Sharon Stone," because of its natural beauty.

The collection of rare and exotic mineral specimens, amassed over the last quarter-century by a Brooklyn, New York native who rose from a poor, immigrant family to become one of the New York-New Jersey area's most successful trucking company owners, will be offered in a public auction by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas, ( ) on September 28, 2008.

"It's one of the very few private collections of fine mineral specimens ever to be sold publicly. The collection of over 400 one-of-a-kind pieces of Quartz, Fluorite, Tourmaline, Calcite and other minerals was put together by Daniel Trinchillo Sr. of Forest Hills, New York,'' said David Herskowitz, Director of Heritage's Natural History Auctions.

"On his days off, my Father would pack up the family for day-long field trips in upstate New York, spending hours bashing rocks and looking for elusive specimens," recalled his son, Daniel Trinchillo Jr. Up for auction is an unusual and rare Penfield, New York Fluorite and Selenite specimen. It is considered by some experts to be the finest Penfield specimen in existence. It has a pre-sale estimate of $5,000 or more.

Other specimens were acquired from around the world, including a seven-inch tall, rainbow-hued group of Tourmaline crystals found in 1998 in Brazil that miners immediately nicknamed 'Sharon Stone' because of its stunning natural beauty. It has a pre-sale estimate of $90,000 or more.

A 9½ inch tall matrix of green Fluorite crystals from China, shaped like the letter 'C', is estimated to sell for $50,000 or more.

A foot high specimen of Stibnite, mined a century ago from Shikoku Island in Japan, is estimated to bring $40,000 or more. Formerly in the collection of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, its crystal structure resembles something from Superman's 'Fortress of Solitude."

Trinchillo, 71, was the second youngest of seven children of an Italian immigrant family in Brooklyn, and he apprenticed as a watchmaker and a butcher. In 1973 he purchased the Zole's Trucking Company, which the family still owns today.

Highlights of the Trinchillo Collection include:

GREEN FLUORITE "SNAKE," Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China:*53042&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $55,000

EXCEPTIONAL YELLOW, BLUE & PURPLE FLUORITE, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA:*53043&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $22,000 - $24,000

VIVID BRIGHT GREEN FLUORITE, William Wise Mine, Westmoreland, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA:*53051&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $7,000 - $9,000

EXCEPTIONAL BLUE FLUORITE WITH CALCITE, Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China:*53195&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $45,000

Extraordinary examples of Calcites from Exotic localities:

DEEP GOLDEN RED CALCITE ON SPHALERITE, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee District, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA:*53055&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $20,000 - $25,000

"POKER CHIP" CALCITE, 2nd Sovietski Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia:*53061&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $1,500 - $2,000

Rare and exceptional Stibnite:

CLASSIC JAPANESE STIBNITE, Ichinokawa Mine, Ojoinmura, Nii-gori, Iyo Province, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Island, Japan:*53091&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $50,000
This Classic Japanese Stibnite is from the premier World locality of Shikoku Island in Japan and was de-accesioned from The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

A large variety of impressive Tourmaline specimens:

MULTICOLOR TOURMALINE: "SHARON STONE," Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil:*53119&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $90,000 - $110,000
This large multicolored example has been dubbed "Sharon Stone" due to its unmistakable beauty.

BLUE TOURMALINE, Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil:*53227&type=prte-pr090408a
ESTIMATE: $45,000 - $55,000
This rich, vivid blue, sizable example displays hundreds of subparallel prisms. It is one of the few known examples of blue Tourmaline to come out of the famed Santa Rosa Mine in Brazil.

To discuss consigning natural history specimens to an upcoming auction, please contact David Herskowitz at 800-872-6467 ext. 1610, or email

Heritage Auction Galleries is the world's third largest auction house, and by far the largest auctioneer of rare collectibles, with annual sales over $600 million, and 375,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage's auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit

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Heritage Auction Galleries
3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor
Dallas, TX 75219
(800) 872-6467 x 1583

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