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Giant Pearl Worth $100M Kept Under Fisherman's Bed 10 Years

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Pearl waits to be certified as biggest in world. (Puerto Princesa Tourism Office)

By    |   Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 08:43 AM

A giant pearl a Philippines fisherman kept under his bed for a decade could be worth $100 million, but he didn't know it was valuable and thought of it as just a "luck charm."

The pearl is a foot wide, 2.2 feet long, weighs about 75 pounds and could be the biggest natural pearl in the world, reported the Palawan News. Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao told the News that the pearl was turned over to them by the fisherman, who hasn't been publicly identified.

The fisherman said he found it a decade ago while fishing in Palawan waters and was unaware of its value, but kept it as a "luck charm."

Amurao said the Gemologist Institute and "other proper authorities" were called in to verify its authenticity.

"The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm," said Amurao, per The New York Post. "He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him."

If the pearl is found to be legitimate, it would dwarf the Pearl of Allah, the current record holder for the largest natural pearl.

The 14-pound Pearl of Allah, worth $34 million, was also found off Palawan. Also known as the Pearl of Lao Tzu, it has been exhibited at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! at New York City's Times Square.

The 75-pound pearl is now on display in the atrium of the New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa, said The Guardian. Amurao encouraged Filipinos to raise awareness of the potential record-breaking pearl.

Palawan Island, located in the southwest portion of the Philippines islands, is best known for its exotic beaches and has received attention from Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic Traveler for its clear blue waters and sandy shores.

Its shores have been featured in the movies "The Bourne Legacy," "The Beach," and "The World Is Not Enough," said the Daily Mail.

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