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Fenn Treasure, a hidden treasure chest valued at approximately $2 million, has been discovered in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
The treasure chest was buried by a millionaire from New Mexico named Forrest Fenn in 2010. In the same year, Fenn released his autobiography The Thrill of the Chase, which included a poem that hinted to the chest’s location.
The hidden fortune lured more than 350,000 people from different countries. Last June, Fenn announced on his website that a man who wanted to remain anonymous had found the chest and sent him a photo as proof.
In an interview, Fenn recounted that the idea of hiding a treasure chest came during his battle with cancer in 1988. Fenn said that thinking about death inspired him to give away a part of his wealth through a treasure hunt.
When Fenn recovered from cancer, he continued his plan to hide some of his prized possessions, including gold coins, jewelry, and other rare artifacts, in a bronze chest. Fenn hoped the treasure chest would encourage people to go outdoors and have adventures. However, critics accused Fenn of fueling an unhealthy obsession and jeopardizing lives, with many people going to dangerous locations just to look for the treasure.
The discovery’s announcement garnered mixed reactions. One treasure hunter said she wanted to know where the chest had been hidden for her peace of mind.
Another, however, said that she might regret knowing the location of the chest, especially if she found out that she had been really close but missed it. Some people even claimed that the treasure was all a hoax because Fenn had not revealed or posted photos of the treasure’s exact location.