A heap of coins found behind a sofa were sold for more than $30,000.
Last week, an auctioneer stumbled upon a treasure trove behind a man's couch during a routine house clearance in Northamptonshire, which is located in the heart of England, BBC News reports.
There were more than 100 22-carat gold coins dating back to the mid-20th century and 16 solid silver bars packed into a zipped suitcase.
“It was incredible. My eyes lit up — it was quite a find,” said Jonathan Humbert, the auctioneer who found the treasure.
The homeowner asked to remain anonymous, but Humbert noted that he had casually mentioned a suitcase behind the couch filled with gold to him.
"I went to pick it up, and I almost pulled my shoulder out of its socket, it was so heavy — so I had to drag it out unceremoniously,” he added.
The collection was sold at J P Humbert Auctions on Tuesday, with each piece sold separately for bids ranging from €190 to €480.
In total, the jackpot went for about €30,000, or $37,888 American dollars.
According to the Bank of England, the average British homeowner is hoarding about €345 around their houses, tucked away behind sofas or under mattresses.
Ironically, last week’s unbelievable discovery corresponds with the 200th anniversary of the modern gold sovereign.
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