Millionaire art dealer dies without revealing location of hidden treasure chest

A millionaire who sparked a deadly treasure hunt in America has died – without revealing the exact location of his buried treasure chest.

Art dealer and author Forrest Fenn sparked a frenzy of excitement in the USA when he claimed to have left buried treasure worth $2 million (£1.56 million) somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

The writer claimed to have buried a bronze chest filled with gold and jewels – including sapphires and diamonds – in the mountain range, and left clues of the chest's whereabouts in a poem and his book The Thrill Of The Chase.

Since announcing his secret stash in 2009, it is believed 350,000 people had tried desperately to find the treasure trove – with five dying in the process.

But now Mr Fenn himself has died – passing away at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on September 7 at the age of 90-years-old.

The search for the buried treasure was finally completed in June when an unnamed man succeeded in digging up the chest, according to reports.

However, the exact whereabouts of the treasure was never revealed by the eccentric art dealer.

And some have even questioned if the treasure was there in the first place.

A Chicago attorney who said she'd spent tens of thousands of pounds on 20 trips to New Mexico even unsuccessfully sued Fenn.

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He announced via his website back in June: “It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago.

“I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot.”

It is now feared all the other eager treasure hunters may never have their curiosity satisfied as Mr Fenn died without confirming where the chest was.

And with the alleged finder succeeding but remaining anonymous, the true burial spot may never be divulged.

In his book, The Thrill of the Chase, Mr Fenn claimed the chest was buried “somewhere in the Rockies at 5,000 feet above sea level.”

While another clue said to begin the hunt “where warm waters halt, and take it in the canyon down.”

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The search has not lacked controversy over the past ten years.

The chief of the New Mexico State Police urged Mr. Fenn to call off the hunt in 2017 following the death of two people who had tried to find the treasure.

While other treasure hunters ended up in trouble with the law – with one man arrested for digging up a road side memorial in 2013, and another man was arrested in 2018 after breaking in to Mr Fenn’s home and trying to steal a treasure chest from inside.

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