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Alaska auction to feature huge opal stashed away for years

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Nick Cline gets calls about all kinds of items people want to sell through the Anchorage auction house where he works. But he was caught off-guard by a call he got last fall from a man saying he had “one of the largest opals in the world”.

“I was extremely sceptical but extremely excited,” said Cline, a partner and appraisal specialist with Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals.

According to the auction house, the opal, dubbed the ‘Americus Australis’, weighs more than 11,800 carats and is one of the largest gem-quality opals in existence. It also has a long history.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin