Saturday, August 8, 2015

Emerald-encrusted crucifix from 1715 shipwreck sells for $119,000 in New York

An emerald-encrusted crucifix from a Spanish treasure from the 17th century is on display at Guernsey's. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT.
NEW YORK---An extraordinary collection of shipwrecked 17th and 18th century Spanish treasure discovered off the coast of Florida has sold in New York for about $2 million, an auction house said Thursday. US treasure hunter Mel Fisher was most famous for discovering the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which went down in a hurricane in 1622, laden with New World riches. An emerald-encrusted crucifix from the 1715 fleet went for $119,000 and a gold bar from the Atocha for $93,750. [link]