Last Updated 31 | 08 | 2014 at 07:00


Three friends find gold buried by artist on Folkestone beach

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Three friends have struck gold after a German artist buried thousands of pounds worth of gold on a Folkestone beach.

Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer hid 30 bars of 24-carat gold, worth £10,000, under the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone as part of the town's triennial arts festival.

Three friends, Kevin Wood, Kirsty Henderson and her sister Megan, who travelled from Canterbury after hearing about the impromptu gold rush on Twitter, unearthed a £500 piece on Friday after digging for an hour at low tide.

On Thursday the Guardian prompted hundreds of gold diggers to head for the town by breaking the news that the conceptual artist had buried 30 bars of the precious metal, together worth £10,000.

A family from Folkestone dug up one of the bars at around 7pm on Thursday, the organisers of the project told the Guardian. There are rumours of other finds however nothing has been further confirmed.

The Folkestone Digs project is part of the town's triennial which has previously included work by artists including Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller and Martin Creed.

Artists including Yoko Ono are taking part in this year's festival which runs from 30 August to 2 November.

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