A Frenchman who inherited a large house from a relative has found an astonishing 100kg (220lb) haul of gold hidden under the furniture.
The unnamed heir discovered the glittering hoard in a variety of inventive locations, including under piles of linen and in the bathroom.
“There were 5,000 gold pieces, two bars of 12kg and 37 ingots of 1kg,” auctioneer Nicolas Fierfort told AFP.
The treasure is worth an estimated €3.5m ($3.7m; £3m).
Mr Fierfort said he had visited the house in Evreux, Normandy, to value furniture the new owner was selling.
He said he totally overlooked the gold, which was “extremely well hidden”.
The coins and gold bars only came to light when the house’s new owner started moving things around.
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First, he found a tin box of coins screwed to the underside of some furniture.
Then came more, carefully concealed in a box …
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