United Kingdom

Britain's biggest hoarder's treasure trove of 60,000 items sells for £160,000 after his death

A treasure trove of 60,000 items which filled a terraced house, a rental flat, two garages and 24 wheelie bins belonging to Britain's biggest hoarder has sold for £160,000 after his death.

Ramann Shukla, 64, died earlier this year, leaving behind an enormous collection of items that were stacked from floor to ceiling at his mother's three-bedroom terraced home in Nottingham.

His hoard was so vast that he had to move into a bed and breakfast for the last year of his life because he ran out of room and many of the parcels were unopened.

By the time it was sorted and ready to sell, Lincoln-based Unique auctions took four days to go through all 2,021 lots. 

It took auctioneers four days to get through all 2,021 lots created from Ramann Shukla's haul of goods, with buyers coming from as far as Russia to look through each item

Charity shop worker Ramann Shukla left behind a collection of more than 60,000 items at his mother's home in Nottingham, also using a rented flat, two garages and 24 wheelie bins to hold the treasure trove of collectibles 

Collectables were stacked from floor to ceiling at Mr Shukla's terraced home in Nottingham. Auctioneers said they had never seen anything like his hoard of items

The auction house said it would take a few days to calculate the final figure but bids of over £160,000 were received during the online event.

Speaking after nearly eleven continuous hours on the rostrum, auctioneer Terry Woodcock joked: 'That is it. I am looking forward to getting home.'

After a chance to grab his breath, Mr Woodcock said: 'It will take us a few days to work out what it all went for.'

Among the highlights were a collection of memorabilia on former US President John F Kennedy which sold for £1,450. 

There were more than 6,000 vintage comics, including the likes of Batman, The Flash and Superman, found amongst the haul

Thousands of items of Beatles memorabilia were found among Mr Shukla's treasure trove. A book of songs by George Harrison fetched £750 at auction, while another Harrison collection of songs and recordings from Live in Japan smashed its £20 estimate, selling for £850

Among a huge collection of Thunderbirds items, a signed photograph of the show's creator, Gerry Anderson, also smashed the pre-auction estimate of £20, selling for £110

It is thought the hoarder started his collection in 2002, spending the past 18 years purchasing various items - some of which were never opened

Hundreds of radios, tape recorders and other pieces of electrical equipment had to be sorted through ahead of last week's auction in Lincoln

An 'Apollo' book signed by Alan Bean -the 4th man to walk on the moon - was estimated to fetch £25 but sold for £360.

A signed book by former Indian Prime Minster Jawaharlal Nehru sold for £500, more than 50 times its pre-auction estimate of between £10 and £20. 

And a book of songs by Beatles legend George Harrison fetched £750 - way over its guide price of £30 to £50.

Another George Harrison collection featuring songs and recordings from 'Live in Japan' also smashed its £20 estimate, selling for £850.

Other examples included a signed letter by the late Lord Mountbatten which had a pre-auction estimate of just £20 but fetched £165.

Auctioneers struggled to get into Mr Shukla's terraced house in Nottingham, but soon uncovered a haul worth thousands

Two garages with various items belonging to Mr Shukla were also cleared out by auctioneers as they sold off his treasure trove

A copy of Marvel's Doctor Strange from 1968 went up for sale, along with graphic novels for Captain Scarlet, Superman and hundreds more characters 

A lot of the items are in a brand new or pristine condition and haven't been opened or touched with Mr Shukla apparently storing them until his retirement

With an eye for potential collectibles, Mr Shukla even purchased rare stamps from India and Japan to add to his various items 

A signed photograph of Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson, also smashed the pre-auction estimate of £20, selling for £110.

And six Pablo Picasso prints, valued pre-auction at £30, went for £220.

Some of the higher valued items also smashed their pre-auction estimates - with a Rickenbacker guitar valued at £500 going for three times that figure at £1,500.

Stunned auctioneers were called to clear the three bedroom house by the hoarder's brother who had no idea of the sheer scale of his sibling's collection.

It took a team of eight men in three vans 180 hours over six weeks to empty the house of all the items.

They could only access the house by removing boxes and bags in front of them, clearing a path as they went.

Travel and science books and historically significant newspapers were sorted and filed by auctioneers in Lincoln to be sold off

A lot of the items were in brand new or pristine condition from where they were not opened or touched, while others were bagged and stored wherever Mr Shukla could find space 

All 18 members of staff at the auction house tasked with selling it all have spent the last four weeks unwrapping the packages and set aside three rooms to store it all in.

The eclectic hoard included thousands of items of Beatles memorabilia, signed photos and letters relating to JFK, Winston Churchill, Gandhi and Elvis Presley, over 6,000 vintage comics, over 4,000 rare books, 3,000 vintage chemistry sets, brand new cameras and lenses and 12 Rickenbacker guitars from the 1960s and '70s.

There was also an 'excellent' collection of Russian and American space exploration memorabilia that included slides and photos as well as cinema reels, radio equipment, ghetto blasters from the 1980s, Airfix models and lots of jewellery.

A lot of the items were in brand new or pristine condition from where they were not opened or touched.

American newspapers dating back to the 1960s were kept in decent condition by the collector, along with small photographs. Auctioneers said there was a lot of interest in space-related items, particularly from Russian buyers  

Among the piles of books pulled from the Nottingham home, two proved to be a success. Apollo, signed by Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon sold for £360, well-over the £25 guide price. While a signed book by former Indian Prime Minster Jawaharlal Nehru sold for £500, more than 50 times its pre-auction estimate of between £10 and £20

Dozens of unboxed electrical items were found stacked around the house, auctioneers said they had never seen anything like the collection kept by Mr Shukla 

Terry Woodcock was tasked with selling the collection and would have to go through up to 120 lots in a single hour, spending four days selling the entire haul 

Mr Woodcock, of Unique Auctions, in Lincoln, was tasked with selling the collection and got through 120 lots an hour.

The auctioneer said he has never seen anything like it in 50 years of working in the business and described the late owner as Britain's biggest hoarder.

'We had interest from all over the world,' Mr Woodcock revealed.

'There was lots of interest in the space lots, especially from Russia.

'We even had a Russian TV company come to Lincoln and film the lots before the auction.'

Football news:

Guardiola has played 700 games in his career as a coach: 507 wins, 111 draws and 82 losses
De Bruyne has 14 assists in 2020. Most of all in the Premier League
19-year-old midfielder Sevikyan made his debut for Levante in La Liga. He is a pupil of Lokomotiv
Barca Director Amor: Messi gave a lot to the club, and the club gave a lot to Leo. I hope he finishes his career here
Dele Ayenugba: they didn't believe in African goalkeepers in Europe, but now a Senegalese is playing in Chelsea, and a Cameroonian is playing in Ajax
Bavaria has watched the midfielder, Inter Aguma. He was included in the list of the best born in 2002
Davies can play in the match Bayern-Lokomotiv, Kimmich-at the beginning of the new year