May must be the month for rare marbles! When I wrote previously about that lot of rarest handmade marbles that eventually sold for US$13,000, I said you likely wouldn't see anything like them soon. Well, I was wrong.
This time it's a 1-19/32" single gather confetti mica marble being sold by none other than legendary mibologist marblealan. When Alan says a marble is rare, it is rare, no further discussion. But when he goes on to say the following, you can be sure you may never see a marble like this again:
Folks who follow my auctions know I am not one for hyperbole, but I can safely and confidently say that this is the rarest marble I have ever offered, possibly a truly unique example. It looks great in the photos but having it in hand is a mind-blowing experience!
This truly remarkable marble was made sometime between 1850-1870. All those flecks of color look like paint but they are in fact glass. I'm sure the mica really dances too for the person rich enough to hold it in hand.
That person won't be me, but thanks again to Alan's marvelous pictures and descriptions I have the next best experience to actually possessing this marble.
Update: The winning bid on this marble was US$10,999!
Update 08-2012: Several readers have contacted me since I first posted this amazing marble, claiming themselves to have a marble exactly like this. This enthusiastic mistake comes thanks to a contemporary toy marble style made by Mega Marbles (Vacor de Mexico) called the Galaxy, which they still make and sell. Some Galaxy marbles do in fact have speckled color patterns very similar to this and were also made in 1.5" size. If you are one of those people now trembling with excitement from thinking you may have a $10,000 marble, keep in mind this marble I featured here has a completely smooth glass surface with the speckles under the surface, unlike the Galaxy which has speckles on the surface. It would also have one pontil on it where the original glass worker cut the glass. In other words, the only person who has a marble just like this--especially in this condition--is likely the person who paid $10,999 for it. Nevertheless, Galaxy marbles are one of my favorite styles made by Vacor De Mexico and a worthy "place holder" until I can find one of these ultra rare ones.