Six months after the discovery, the Hand of Faith sold to Golden Nugget Casino Las Vegas for 1 million dollars. The Gold Nugget Chief Executive, Mr. Steve Wynn took possession of the nugget in a small office at Sydney’s Mascot airport under tight security.
“He was tickled pink. He couldn’t stop beaming when he saw it”, the agent for the sale, Mr Cyril Kovac, said yesterday.
“He had seen pictures of it before, but he really looked impressed when he saw it in front of him.”
Mr Wynn’s Sydney solicitors handed over a bank cheque for $U.S. 1 million (about $A860,000) on the spot.
Mr Wynn sent a jet to Melbourne to collect Mr Kovac and the nugget.
“George”, the mystery man who found the nugget, collected his money yesterday and is preparing to move his family to Perth.
Sun Herald, March 7, 1981