Maron Hindman, managing director west/southwest for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, lifts a 40-pound neo art Peru ruby, granite and gold bald eagle sculpture out of a crate.
DENVER - Before he died in September at age 88, Gerard Cafesjian amassed a huge collection of art, jewelry and gems.
His huge collection of lapidary art, minerals and gems — valued at at least $1 million — is now in Denver, being prepared for sale in September by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
The collection of more than 700 pieces includes an eagle carved from a single piece of ruby weighing some 50 pounds and a 500-pound amethyst geode cut to serve as a coffee table.
The gems and minerals are from around the world, including South Africa, Brazil and Colorado.
The auction — held in person and online Sept. 15 — will be previewed during the Denver Gem & Mineral Show Sept. 12-14.
Read more about the collection from our partners at the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/