Charity auction gold hoard makes $343,000 at Hansons Auctioneers

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2015-06-26 13:46:44

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Charity auction gold hoard makes $343,000 at Hansons Auctioneers

A hoard of gold raises a significant sum for charity after its consignor reads a biblical parable

A hoard of gold made 200,000 ($343,047) for charity at Hansons Auctioneers in Derby, UKon June 27 after the consignor read Jesus' parable on the rich man in the Bible.

The lot (which included watches, sovereigns, rings and cigarette cases) had been stored under a bathtub for a number of years.

sovereign gold hoardThis Victorian era sovereign was among the items that made up the hoard

Owner Charles Hanson explained: "A mystery Derbyshire collector put up for auction their entire collection of gold items that resembled a modern day Saxon hoard".

Apparently, the man showed up with thegold in a backpack - which he revealed to an understandably startled valuer.

Hanson went on: "We of course acted with due diligence on receiving such an important consignment delivered to our showrooms, and have been touched by the consideration of the local concern our vendor wishes to assist.

"I can make no further comment with regard to the local good cause the money will support, but for one small Derbyshire concern it will make a world of difference and guarantee its longevity and wellbeing in the years to come."

There was an increase of 16,000 ($27,443) on the lot's estimate as the collectors bidding faced fierce competition frominvestors.

The consignor commented on his act of generosity: "Where there is a genuine need in others it should be fulfilled by those of us who can help. After a lot of soul searching and a fierce internal debate, angry scepticism turned into my belief.

"Like a modern day Saul of Tarsus, I saw the light'".

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