Last week I posted a short blog about the UA Mineral Museum [right, UA Flandreau Science Center, home of the Mineral Museum] selling off duplicate specimens and those not consistent with the main collection, to raise operating and endowment funds. This morning's Arizona Star offers more details on the sale. Marcus Origlieri is handling the minerals through his business, Mineral Zone, which has a room at the Hotel Tucson (formerly Inn Suites) show just north of downtown Tucson. The paper says he will also have a site in the main Tucson Gem & Mineral Show that opens this Thursday.
The paper quotes museum director Bob Downs as saying that between 200 and 300 pieces have been sold so far, raising $400,000.