There's never been a better time to become a treasure hunter.
Hundreds of treasure hunters descended on the U.K's seaside town of Folkestone over the weekend in search of gold bullion which had been buried there as part of an art installation. Meanwhile, U.S. author James Frey has hidden $3 million in the precious metal around the world as part of the launch of a new series of his books.
German sculptor Michael Sailstorfer hid 30 24-carat gold bars on the beaches of Folkestone last week as part of the town's triennial arts festival. Punters have been encouraged to visit the public artwork and search for thirty gold bars, which differ in sizes. The bars totaled £10,000 ($16,600) at the time of purchase with the largest 20 gram nugget being worth £500.
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The "artwork" has sparked a mass treasure hunt with eager diggers arriving armed with shovels and metal detectors. The project, called Folkestone Digs, was commissioned by arts producers Situations but was financially backed by the arts festival itself.