Massive gold nugget for sale in California

Massive gold nugget for sale in California

One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California's historic Gold Country is going under the hammer this Thursday.

The so-called Butte Nugget, found on public land in the foothills of Butte County mountains, is the largest ever in California to be in private hands, the auction house that currently holds it told The San Francisco Chronicle.

The lucky prospector who made the discovery is withholding his identity and the chunk of gold, weighing in at more than 6 pounds, has been moved to an auction firm, Kagin's in the Bay Area, for safe keeping.

The nugget, expected to fetch in the $400,000 range, will be unveiled Thursday at the upcoming San Francisco Fall Antique Show.

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