Associated Press/Jeri Clausing – Forrest Fenn sits in his home in Santa Fe, N.M. on Friday, March 22, 2013. For more than a decade, the 82-year-old claims he has packed and repacked a treasure chest, sprinkling in gold dust and adding hundreds of rare gold coins, gold nuggets and other artifacts, and buried it in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing) For more than a decade, he packed and repacked his treasure chest, sprinkling in gold dust and adding hundreds of rare gold coins and gold nuggets. Pre-Columbian animal figures went in, along with prehistoric “mirrors” of hammered gold, ancient Chinese faces carved from jade and antique jewelry with rubies and emeralds. Forrest Fenn was creating a bounty, and the art and antiquities dealer says his goal was to make sure it was “valuable enough to entice searchers and desirable enough visibly to strike awe.” Occasionally, he would test that premise, pulling out the chest and asking his friends to open the lid. “Mostly, when they took the first look,” he says, “they started laughing,” hardly able the grasp his amazing plan. Was Fenn really going to give this glistening treasure trove away? Three years ago,… Read full this story
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