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Family recognizes 7-pound gold bar up for auction

July 21, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 7-pound gold bar that is among the unclaimed property the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department plans to auction next week belongs to the surviving family members of a Russian immigrant, according to an Albuquerque attorney.

Jennifer Noya, who is representing the family, told television station KRQE (http://bit.ly/13sezib ) that finding the gold bar appeared to be a lost cause until one of the family members, Sonya Burke, spotted it during a television newscast.

Burke said she remembers playing with bar as a child and that her grandfather had used it as a door stop in his Manhattan apartment.

“I lugged it around everywhere,” Burke said. “I just remember playing with it, picking it up to see how tough I Login to read more

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