Thousands of gold coins and bars weighing 100kg in total were discovered

Thousands of gold coins and bars weighing 100kg in total were discovered

Thousands of gold coins and bars weighing 100kg in total were discovered

Treasure was stashed in whisky bottles, under furniture and in bathrooms

There were 5,000 gold pieces, two bars of 12kg and 37 ingots of 1kg

Taxman set to pocket a packet with inheritence and 3 years of back taxes

A Frenchman found a secret stash of gold bars and coins worth £3million hidden in a house he inherited from a dead relative.

Squirrelled away in hiding places throughout the large house, he came across thousands of gold coins and bars weighing 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) in total.

The treasure was stashed under furniture, in whisky bottles, under piles of linen and in the bathroom.

Squirrelled away in hiding places throughout the large house, he came across thousands of gold coins and bars weighing 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) in total (file photo)

‘There were 5,000 gold pieces, two bars of 12 kilos and 37 ingots of 1 kilo,’ said Nicolas Fierfort, a local auctioneer, confirming a report in the local La Depeche newspaper.

Fierfort, who had visited the house to value furniture offered for sale by the new owner, said the loot, which was worth €3.5million was ‘extremely well hidden’.

‘It was under the furniture, under piles of linen, in the bathroom… everywhere,’ he said, admitting that he himself had overlooked the gold on his visit.

It was only when the new owner – whose identity and relationship with the previous owner were withheld – began moving the furniture that he stumbled on the stash.

First he found a tin box of coins screwed to the underside of a piece of furniture.

From there the trail led to a box for a bottle of whisky and other hiding places until he hit the jackpot – a pile of gold bars each weighing 12 kilos.

‘At that point he called his solicitor to make an inventory,’ Fierfort said.

The gold, it turned out, was bought in the 1950s and 1960s.

All the certificates of authenticity were later found in the deceased’s estate.

The gold has already been sold to various French and international buyers.

But the real winner could be the taxman, La Depeche said.

Apart from being liable for a 45-percent inheritance tax, the finder will also have to pay three years in back taxes on it if the deceased failed to declare his treasures.

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