A giant pearl, believed to be the biggest ever found in the world — five times larger than the previous record – has just been handed by a fisherman who kept it under his bed as a ‘good luck charm’ in his rundown wooden home. But he had no idea how lucky he really is. The pearl has an eye-watering value of $100 million, according to authorities.
The man, who has not been identified, found the 77lbs gem ten years ago in the sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines and kept it under his bed as a ‘good luck charm’. But a fire at the property earlier this year forced him to have a clear out and move house.
The fisherman stunned local tourism officers in remote Puerto Princesca who verified that the oversize pearl had been found in a giant clam.
The pearl measures 1ft wide and 2.2ft long – dwarfing the current world’s biggest pearl, the Pearl of Allah, which weighs just over 14lbs and is worth $35 million.
“The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm. He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago and he kept it at home,” Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said.
“We were amazed when he brought it to us. We will keep this here in the Philippines and I hope it will bring more tourists to the city.”
The current record holder, known as the Pearl of Lao Tze, was also found off Palawan, Philippines, in 1934. It is on exhibition at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York.