Rock Theft 101: University Missing $30K Gold Nugget
University of Arizona says people really liked having their pictures taken with it
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 2:49 PM CDT
This, dear ones, is a $30,000 rock. If you see it, please return to the University of Arizona.   (University of Arizona police department)

(Newser) – Looks like the University of Arizona has lost itself one pricey rock: The school reports that a 3-inch, half-pound hunk of gold worth $30,000 has been stolen from its Mineral Museum. The rock went missing Friday from an office where it was stored. As the LA Times reports, current gold futures would make the rock worth about $8,700, but the university says that the higher value comes from its "unique, aesthetic, and natural form." The nugget "is the most photographed specimen in the museum's collection because people like to have their picture taken while holding it," says a statement from the school. The unprocessed rock was used frequently in educational seminars.

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Jun 11, 2014 11:48 AM CDT
Gold diggers I tell ya! They're all gold diggers!
Jun 6, 2014 7:54 AM CDT
Maybe they should check to see if Sheriff Arpaio's re-election campaign chest just got a $30,000 increase.
Jun 5, 2014 6:00 PM CDT
Assuming they get it back, I bet NO ONE will ever get their picture taken again with it!!!