What They Found Forgotten On A French Farm Is An Incredible Discovery Worth At Least £12 Million

Burried under piles of newspapers, and left rusting in sheds and barns was a collection of millions-worth of vintage automobiles.

When entrepreneur Roger Baillon (owner of the collection) passed away around a decade ago, the cars were passed on to his family. It wasn’t until Baillon’s grandchildren called in auctioneers did they find out that what they neglected in their grandfather’s farm since the 1970s are worth millions.

A press release by Artcurial Motorcars on May 12, 2014 announced the amazing discovery of 60 classic vintage cars that have been tucked away under various rusting corrugated iron shelters and outbuildings in a family farm in France.

Neglected for 50 years, the “collectors’ cars” are of major labels such as Ferrari, Maserati and dozens other vintage sports cars.

Take a look at this incredible discovery:

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Car specialists and Artcurial Motorcars auctioneers Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff evaluate the extent of the collection and estimate its value.

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Car experts Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff

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On the left is a vintage Ferrari which was once sat in by Jane Fonda. On the right is one of only three Maserati A6G 200 Berlinetta Grand Sport Frua ever made.

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Baillon intended to build a museum for his car collection but things didn’t go as he planned. He sold 50 of the cars and the rest, as we now know, were left forgotten.

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Ferrari 250 GT California SWB. In 2008, Chris Evans bought one of the Ferraris for £5.5 million.

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Roger Baillon was a transport and truck company owner.

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He collected most of his classic cars between the 1950 and 1970s.

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Hispano Suiza H6B Cabriolet Millio

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Left: Facel Vega / Right: Talbot Lago

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A Talbot-Lago T26 Cabriolet that was owned by King Farouk of Egypt.

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Some of the vintage vehicles are too rusted to be restored.

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