Rocky Mountain lie? Forrest Fenn’s treasure has been found ... ...

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Rocky Mountain lie? Forrest Fenn’s treasure has been found ... maybe

Buried a decade ago by the eccentric antiques dealer, the R32m trove has lured hundreds – sometimes fatally

Luke Mintz

For more than a decade, a collection of centuries-old treasure lay buried in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Worth as much as £1.5m (about R32m), it was hidden there in 2010 by eccentric US antiques dealer Forrest Fenn, who first had the idea to start a treasure hunt when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1988.

The only clue to its whereabouts was a cryptic, 24-line poem published in Fenn’s autobiography, The Thrill of the Chase, and thousands of people from across the world took the bait, roaming the deserts, rivers and rugged mountainsides of western America to find the treasure chest, which is said to contain 265 gold coins, ancient Chinese jade figures, golden jaguar claws, rubies, emeralds, diamonds and sapphires...

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