Man finds 100kg of gold in new home
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