Man Found $2.4 Million-Worth Of Gold Bars In an Old Tank He Purchased On eBay
When Nick Mead purchased an ex-military tank on eBay for $37,000, he thought he was getting a decent deal. Little did he know, there were five gold bars worth $2.4 million hidden in the fuel tank of the ex-Iraqi Army Type 69 vehicle he bought.
Mead, a tank collector from the United Kingdom, owns a company that provides tanks and armored vehicles for driving classes, TV and film props and, occasionally, parties.
He came to own the tank in question by trading an Abbot self-propelled howitzer and a British Army truck, valued together at $37,000, with the eBay seller.
When Mead and his mechanic found machine gun ammunition in the vehicle, they thought there might be firearms hidden in the fuel tank.
Not wanting to arouse police suspicion with an Iraqi gun collection, they decided to film the rest of their initial inspection.
But there were no guns in the fuel tank. Instead, they pulled out the gold bars, weighing about 12 pounds each.
The gold, which they promptly turned over to authorities, is likely from Kuwait. Iraqi forces looted the country after their 1990 invasion and later returned 3,216 gold bars under UN supervision.