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Santa Fe man hides millions in gold, jewels for public treasure hunt

Santa Fe man hides millions in gold, jewels for public treasure hunt
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POSTED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 2:22pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 5:06pm

Millions of dollars in gold and jewels hidden by a man, who's decided to give away his fortune.

Thousands have flocked to the Santa Fe, New Mexico area in hopes of finding it.

The New Mexico mountains have always attracted nature lovers, but the pristine wilderness has never seen so many explorers.

They're all looking for a 42-pound bronze chest filled with a multi-million dollar bounty: hundreds of gold nuggets and rare coins as as well as jewels, emeralds, diamonds and rubies. They were hidden by a man who knows treasure when he sees it. 

For decades, Forrest Fenn has hunted down, collected and sold art and artifacts to the rich and a few famous. Fenn wanted others to experience the same thrill of the chase, so he hid the chest and wrote a memoir with a poem offering nine clues.

Fenn says with the treasure unclaimed, the adventure continues. It may be a gift worth more than the gold itself. 

Here's the irony after being told he would die and then making the decision to give so much away, fenn is now cancer free.   

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