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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:20 AM

Forrest Fenn, Art Dealer Who Enticed Thousands to Hunt for Hidden Treasure, Dies at 90

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Forrest Fenn, Art Dealer Who Enticed Thousands to Hunt for Hidden Treasure, Dies at 90

Mr. Fenn announced in a 2010 book that he had hidden a chest of gold nuggets, diamonds and other jewels somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. People reacted.

By Michael Levenson
Sept. 9, 2020

Forrest Fenn, an eccentric New Mexico art dealer who enticed thousands to search for hidden treasure after he announced in a 2010 book that he had stashed a bronze chest filled with gold nuggets, diamonds and other jewels somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, died on Monday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 90.

Mr. Fenn’s death was confirmed by a grandson, Shiloh Old. Mr. Fenn appeared to have died of natural causes, according to the Santa Fe Police Department. ... Mr. Fenn died just three months after he said someone had finally found the cache of gold nuggets, sapphires, diamonds, pre-Columbian artifacts and other riches that he had hidden in the mountains. He had estimated the treasure to be worth $2 million.

“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,” Mr. Fenn said on his website in June. He did not elaborate on the exact location.

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“My hidden treasure pulls families into the Rocky Mountains to search and hike, and observe the raw nature that is there,” he told The Times in 2017. “They go home with a whole new perspective on what life is all about. In this troubled world, we need some of that.”

Jonah Engel Bromwich contributed reporting.

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