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A real life gold digger: Meet the 'urban prospector' who scours the streets..


It turns out the streets of New York really are paved with gold - as long as you don't mind searching for it on your hands and knees.

Raffi Stepanian, a self-styled urban prospector, has discovered enough tiny jewellery fragments hidden in the sidewalks of the city's Diamond District to make a living.

Using nothing more than a Styrofoam cup, tweezers and a butter knife, he collects hundreds of dollars worth of gold, diamonds and rubies each week.

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