A French man is elated after discovering the house he inherited from a deceased relative in Normandy, was used to hide $3.7m worth of gold, Nydailynews reports.
He found it when he was rearranging the furniture in the house. It was in a box of coins attached to the underside of an item of furniture. The hunt for gold continued when the heir began finding larger amounts of gold in other storage locations of the estate.
“It was under the furniture, under piles of linen, in the bathroom … everywhere,” a local auctioneer Nicolas Fierfort told Agence France-Presse about the gold. Fierfort admitted to missing the treasure himself upon a visit to appraise furniture within the house.
“It was extremely well hidden,” he said in the report. Eventually, a massive pile of 23-pound gold bars stared the new homeowner in the face. An estimated 220 pounds of the precious metal was located all around the home, including 5,000 gold pieces, two 26-pound bars and 37 smaller bars weighing two-pounds each.
The gold was dated back to the 1950s and 1960s when the man’s wealthy relative had bought the precious metal. The certificates of the gold’s authenticity were also found. The heir, though liable to a 45% inheritance tax, has already sold the gold to various international buyers.