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One of the largest gold nuggets ever found is to go up for sale for $350,000 (£218,000).
The huge Butte Nugget, found on public land in Northern California’s historic Gold Country, weighed in at more than 6lbs (2.7kg).
And the enormous nugget was displayed at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show in Fort Mason, where dealer Don Kagin said he expected it to fetch upwards of £218,000.
‘This one’s for real,’ he told SFGate.
‘Obviously we don’t want to get hoodwinked, so we have checked pretty thoroughly into it.’
Such was the buzz surrounding the nugget that people travelled from all over the country just to see it, despite three rare coins in the case next to it being worth more than $1million.
‘There’s gold – and then there’s gold,’ said one woman.
‘There is nothing like that nugget anywhere.’