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STOLEN - Major specimens stolen from the Desmond Sacco collection

Last Updated: 10th Dec 2014

By Jolyon Ralph

On the evening of Sunday 7th December 2014 sixty world-class specimens were stolen from the home of Desmond Sacco, well-known mineral collector in South Africa.

Here is a photo taken in 2007 showing some of the pieces that have been taken:

Desmond Sacco - some of the missing specimens

Those who know minerals will recognize the size and quality of these specimens. For example, back centre is a Jonas mine rubellite approximately 40cm; back right is a ~30-40 stibnite; front bottom centre is a KMF rhodo about 30 cm; the large Pakistan aqua to the top right of the rhodo (the vertical crystal) is about 20cm tall and 10 cm wide.

And some more individual pieces:





If you have any information about the missing specimens then please contact me at and I will forward your details to those investigating this crime.

If anyone has information about this theft or about suspected buyers for this material that you would prefer to remain anonymous then I will keep your identity hidden and forward information on your behalf.

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10th Dec 2014 21:56 UTCpeter fried

WOW! I am truly sorry for this, my house was broken into a few months back and i know how violating it feels and these specimens are simply amazing. i am praying that they catch whoever took these and although i live all the way in pennsylvania USA, i will keep my eyes peeled on the internet as well as local trade shows because i know how fast minerals can travel around the world.

12th Dec 2014 06:40 UTCJohn M Stolz Expert

My sympathies--simply outrageous. How anyone could enjoy such ill-gotten gains is beyond me.

12th Dec 2014 06:52 UTCRay Hill Expert

Sorry to hear of the theft. Obviously the thief has good taste, but bad morals. I hope that the system works in your favour
and you get them back...I don't know how sympathetic the constabulary are down there, but hopefully you have someone on the local force working on your case to help track down the culprit[s]
Hoping you have a merrier Christmas,
reunited with your pieces.

11th Jan 2015 20:20 UTCDenise Miller

All are unique so they will be hard to miss right? Hope you find them!!

27th Jan 2015 21:56 UTCDavid Lehecka Expert

Any update on this?
Judging from the photos of the specimens in his book and photo's of his house I am surprised there was not an elaborate alarm system in place.
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