Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Laverton Shire, Western Australia, Australia

    Since the invention of the 'metal detector': a spin-off from the mine detectors of WWII, there has been a virtual explosion of amateur and professional users of these machines. People who are tirelessly crisscrossing the planet seeking that elusive yellow gleam. Unlike classical mining operations, the only investment required to start finding Gold, is the purchase price of the metal detector. The team of Pieter Heydelaar and Debra Morrissette are representative of some of the more successful of such searchers. Tirelessly walking a grid pattern over the scrub desert north of Laverton in Western Australia, they stumbled upon this 17.18 Troy ounce nugget. As is typical for the bigger nuggets from this part of Oz (as the natives call it) they are rounded from stream travel and show the rich color characteristic of the high-Karat Golds. There are no minerals other than Gold - also typical for nuggets from this area. Accompanied by a label from the people who found the nugget.
    Overall measurements: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches (8.9 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm).
    Weight =17.18 troy ounces

    Provenance: Global Treasures [Hoppel # D1190]

    Please see 360o video below:

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,757

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Oct 19, 2013 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 19 days left to consign to the 2021 December 8 Nature & Science Signature® Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    As a consignor to your recent silver, art glass and fine art auction, I want you to know how pleased I am with my decision to consign with Heritage
    C. B. ,
    Leesburg, VA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search