Britain’s biggest hoarder amassed £4m worth of 60,000 items in terraced home

Britain’s biggest ever hoarder collected 60,000 items worth £4million which he crammed into a terraced house.

Objects were stacked from floor to ceiling everywhere in the three-bedroom house, with a lot of them either new or in a pristine condition.

The late owner eventually ran out of room for himself so had to move into a bed and breakfast for the last year of his life.

He rented 24 wheelie bins, a one-bed flat, two garages and part of a neighbour’s garden to store it all.

The owner, a computer programmer and bachelor who lived by himself in Nottingham, died suddenly earlier this year aged 44.

He is believed to have started collecting 18 years ago with the aim of eventually flogging it all to fund his retirement, Mirror Online reports.

The enormous hoard includes 6,000 vintage comics, 4,000 rare books, 3,000 vintage chemistry sets, guitars, cameras, radio equipment and thousands of items of Beatles memorabilia.

There are also signed photos and letters relating to Elvis Presley, JFK, Winston Churchill and Gandhi, Russian and American space memorabilia, jewellery, Airfix models and 1980s ghetto blasters.

An auction house was called by his brother to clear it, which took eight men, in three vans, 180 hours over six weeks to carry out.

They had to clear a path as they went through the house, and 18 employees have spent four weeks unwrapping the parcels.

Terry Woodcock, of Unique Auctions in Lincoln which is selling it, said: “This collection is beyond belief.

"His house and garage were literally crammed full of items so much so that he had spent the last year of his life living in a B&B.

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"His intention was to buy and buy and buy and only unpack it all when he wanted to retire.

“His brother knew that much but he had no clue as to the scale of it.

"He didn't buy rubbish, a lot of it was top quality stuff."

He described the late owner as Britain's biggest hoarder.

It is not known where he found the cash to buy it, with most of the hoard consisting of unopened parcels delivered since 2002.

Most of it is believed to have been bought on eBay, although he did go to conferences and conventions too.

Mr Woodcock added: "After he passed away his brother's first inclination was to send it all to the landfill. Luckily he didn't.

"We couldn't get in through the front door so we had to go around the back.

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"We were totally amazed at what we saw.

"Everywhere in the property was full to the ceiling, it was very difficult to move around.

"It was impossible to get up the stairs and you couldn't see the top of the staircase.

"One dealer who has been to see us reckons it could be worth £4m."

The sale takes place from October 22-25.

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