£260 storage container revealed to be worth thousands

The contents included Royal Doulton and Wedgwood

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A group of savvy friends who bought a £260 container have hit the jackpot after its contents were revealed to be 'worth thousands'.

The lads bought it at an auction where punters were not allowed to closely inspect what's inside.

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The bizarre Magnum Storage's Auction allowed Michael Gouder, Danny Owens and Anthony Frankish and other punters to have a look at abandoned containers on the site.

However would-be buyers were not allowed to inspect the items of bags inside – and therefore in effect people were bidding blind, Gazette Live reports.

You could find absolutely anything at the Haverton Hill based business, near Middlesbrough - and in this case, they did.

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Michael Gouder, Danny Owens and Anthony Frankish outside their container 'worth thousands'

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Michael Gouder, Danny Owens, Anthony Frankish, in the container they bought for £260.00 at Magnum Storage, Haverton Hill

A vintage bottle of French wine, made in 1943 when the Nazis still occupied the country, a handwritten court log which appears to be from Suffolk in the 1720s, and a didgeridoo were among the potentially valuable finds.

Countless other rarities and antiques were found, including Royal Doulton and Wedgewood, along with a treasure trove of gold, silver tableware and brass.

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Other items inside the container

While the lads are reluctant to put an exact figure on their haul until everything is appraised, once all items are sold or scrapped they could pocket thousands of pounds.

But it could have been different.

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Inside the £260 container which could earn the three auction hunters thousands

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A handwritten court log which appears to be from Suffolk in the 1720s

Danny, 26, a trader and dad-of-one from Coulby Newham, said: "We all came down on our own, to bet on single containers.

"But we all knew of each other and thought we might as well join up and bid, and we ended up with this.

"We've all seen Storage Hunters and that on the telly, so we thought we'd give it a go."

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The lads – all pals – had initially come down on their own to view what was on offer

Anthony, 29, a dad-of-two and a landscaper from Ingleby Barwick, said the trio also won another container for £110 and have already made sales from that too.

"We've easily made our money back straight away, and there's loads more stuff still to be appraised so it should be good when it's all gone," he said.

In total, 16 storage containers were bust open with bolt cutters, with around 100 people bidding at the event at Magnum, Haverton Hill.

One even contained a car while others contained furniture, medical equipment, kitchens, car engines and tools.

Michael, Danny and Anthony were up against another bidder in the auction for their container - but come out on top in the end.

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A vintage bottle of French wine made in 1943 when the Nazis still occupied the country

Michael, 29, a plumbing and heating engineer and dad-of-two, from Coulby Newham, said: "I think the other people were a bit gutted they'd missed out.

"They asked 'what did you see in there?'

"So I went, 'I could see money'."

Because of the success of the day, another auction is set to take place at Magnum Storage in September.

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