Fossilized scorpion in amber

Sep 17, 2020. 12:08 UTC
Fossilized Scorpion in amber
Jim
United States of America

Category
Collectibles

Acquired from
Other

For sale
Yes
Description

Good Morning!: I’ve reviewed you on-line site information concerning fossil appraisal and I’d like some additional information as to cost based on the information I’m able to provide you. Bottom line is I have a piece of amber that holds a completely preserved scorpion from several million years ago or so I was told by a geology professor who gave it to me years ago as a gift. I’m attempting to determine its value if that’s even possible and would be interested in selling it to someone with this particular kind of interest. The piece is relatively small in size and measures 3½ inches tall by 1 ½ inches in thickness. I’ve been told that this is an extremely rare piece that may have considerable value, so I’m looking for a professional appraisal and, ultimately, some type of authenticity documentation. I took it to a local rocks and gems dealer and he has no doubt as to its authenticity (real amber) but couldn’t provide me with a value other than to suggest it was worth a considerable amount of money “to the right collector”. Price would be dependent on the buyer’s willingness to have the piece since there are no hard-n-fast market similarities. The individual I received it from is, again, was a professor at the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff Arizona and is most likely deceased. That was over seven years ago and I don’t even recall his name. I have no idea as to where the piece originated from and actually know very little about it. I’ve attached a couple of pictures of the piece I’ve described. I appreciate your time. Thanks!! Jim Brown 2841 E. San Tan Street Chandler, AZ. 85225 Cell 623-980-9682

Provenance

Unknown

Answered within 13 days
Sep 30, 12:33 UTC
By Georg

Fair Market Value

$30 - $80 USD

Insurance Value

$110 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Jim,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. I am sorry for the delay with the apprisal.

The presented object appears to be a piece of amber or artificial cast mass with biological material with the measurements of 3½ inches tall by 1 ½ inch in thickness. This object appears to be an amber stone with a fossil scorpion and plant parts like leaves. Such pieces are wanted and highly-priced pieces for collectors. Such pieces are also made nowadays especially in Asia and South America. This needs to be tested physically and can not be judged on the base of images. The size, the color, and the many bubbles on the surface of the enclosures are a hint for a modern piece. A modern piece would cost around 50 USD and an authentic amber fossil with an enclosure like this is hammered down over 1.000 USD.
Works by this artist were recently offered and sold on the international auction market.
This piece is in good condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 30 to 80 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards,
Georg

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