TREASURE: Booty on The Block

Booty on The Block

A 5-ft. gold chain fetched $319,000. A two-handled gold cup went for $275,000. The only treasure not up for auction at what Christie's New York called the most spectacular shipwreck sale in history was the $1 million worth of salvaged gold draped around Mel Fisher's well-tanned neck. He is the 65-year- old treasure hunter whose 20-year search for sunken bullion finally paid off three years ago, when he discovered the main cargo of the Nuestra Seora de Atocha, a booty-laden Spanish galleon that foundered in stormy seas off Florida's Key West in 1622. Last week Fisher watched as more than 400...

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