Man finds 100kg of gold in new home

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ROUEN: A French­man who in­her­ited a big house from a dead rel­a­tive got more than he bar­gained for when he dis­cov­ered a trea­sure trove of gold coins and bars worth mil­lions stashed around the place.

Squir­relled away in hid­ing places through­out the house, he came across thou­sands of gold coins and bars weigh­ing 100kg in to­tal.

“There were 5,000 gold pieces, two bars of 12kg and 37 in­gots of 1kg,” Ni­co­las Fier­fort, a lo­cal auc­tion­eer, said.

Fier­fort, who had vis­ited the house to value fur­ni­ture of­fered for sale by the new owner, said the loot, which was worth €3.5 mil­lion (RM16.5 mil­lion), was “ex­tremely well hid­den”.

“It was un­der the fur­ni­ture, un­der piles of linen, in the bath­room ... ev­ery­where,” he said.

It was only when the new owner be­gan mov­ing the fur­ni­ture that he stum­bled on the stash.

The gold, it turned out, was bought in the 1950s and 1960s. It has al­ready been sold to var­i­ous French and in­ter­na­tional buy­ers. – AFP

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