The Hunt for Amazing Treasures

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Dell Pub., Dec 28, 1999 - Antiques & Collectibles - 228 pages
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From rare books and manuscripts to priceless coins, artifacts, and works of art... Discover the unparalleled treasure found by men and women just like you!

Real people... Extraordinary treasure!

* A librarian in Los Angeles opened a box in her attic--and discovered the first half of Mark Twain's original handwritten manuscript for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . . . a literary masterpiece valued at more than $6 million!

* At a North Carolina attraction where fortune-hunting visitors search for gems, a man unearthed such a large jewel, he actually traded it for an entire island off the Florida coast.

* A California man with a metal detector discovered an enormous gold nugget in the desert weighing 156 troy ounces. The rock is valued at $500,000!

Treasure-hunters take note: Buried bounty, invaluable artifacts, and astounding caches of coins, jewels, and treasure are being located every day--by people just like you! The Hunt for Amazing Treasures reveals the fantastic stories behind dozens of these lucky, lucrative finds, from the identification of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence (a $4 flea market buy!) to the discovery of a 34-carat diamond by a West Virginia boy while pitching horseshoes in his backyard. Most of all, this invaluable guide to the world's hidden wonders functions as your own treasure map, revealing how you can find, appraise, and claim your own precious plunder--and turn your personal possessions and heirlooms into gold!

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ISBN 0965004302 - If you're looking for a book that parallels the TV series, this is - and isn't - it. The stories inside are probably much more watchable than they are readable, and the feeling the back cover gives (that "this could happen to you!") is mostly inane.
Several short stories about found treasures that range from an old manuscript to treasures on long-ago sunken ships. The unique-ness factor wears very thin when the reader sees how many of these "treasure-hunters" ARE treasure hunters: salvage is their job, their source of income, so it is no surprise that they find such things. Many even have ties to one another, removing the randomness by another step.
There are a couple of "regular folk" stories and they're good, they're just not good enough to make the book anything more than average. More info on most of the stories within the book can be found online - free.
- AnnaLovesBooks
 

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About the author (1999)

Sondra Farrell Bazrod is a writer and television producer who began her career producing radio talk shows in Los Angeles. In 1995, she created and co-produced The Hunt for Amazing Treasures, a two-hour NBC special, and then co-produced the television series version of the show, which appeared on The Learning Channel. She lives in Los Angeles.

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