Coronavirus: French brothers win gold under lockdown


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The brothers were hoping to build a shelter when they made a surprise discovery (file image)

It is fair to say that life in custody can sometimes be boring.

Most parents will have come to appreciate the increasingly delicate task of entertaining children.

But as the weather warms up, many children turn to the garden to find new ways to pass the time.

And for two French brothers, this resulted in a precious discovery.

Their parents decided to leave Paris when France imposed a lockout and moved to a family home in the city of Vendôme, southwest of the capital.

The boys, both about 10 years old, asked to build a makeshift hut in the garden using branches, leaves and sheets.

Their father, a businessman in his sixties, told them that they could use their grandmother’s old sheets, which were in a guest room.

When they went to get them, “two fairly heavy objects” fell, said Philippe Rouillac, local auctioneer, at BFMTV. “They did not pay attention to them and did not hand them over. “

But the boys quickly informed their father of the discovery.

“He asked them to go get them,” said Rouillac. “But he first believed it was a knife holder that belonged to the grandmother. “

He contacted Mr. Rouillac’s company to recheck and, after sending some photos, he was told the good news.

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One of the bars to be auctioned next month

The objects were not knife holders, but two gold bars each weighing 2.2 lbs (1 kg).

The two bars are now listed on the auctioneer’s website for an estimated value of 40,000 euros (£ 35,800; $ 43,800) per piece.

It turned out that the bars were purchased by the grandmother in 1967 and even come with proof of purchase.

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In addition, the price of gold has increased due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We will wait until the price of gold goes up a bit more,” said Rouillac. “They could get at least 100,000 euros. “

But the two brothers are not ready to give up their discovery without some key assurances.

“They said to their father:” We are going to be able to have a swimming pool “,” recalled Mr. Rouillac.

It’s a way to keep them entertained.


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