A former gold miner has struck gold with a clean sweep at a Storage Wars style auction.
Wayne Robinson was the top bidder for four storage containers that went under the hammer at Tasman Storage in Richmond on Saturday.
About 100 people turned up inspect the containers, which were opened five minutes before bidding began. While bidders could peer inside, no rummaging was allowed before the contents were auctioned off in their entirety.
Auctioneer John Walker kept up a steady patter to keep the crowd engaged. There are paintings in this one: look at that, I think theyre Picassos.
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Robinson, a secondhand dealer, came prepared with two trucks, he said. Im serious about today, he said.
His bids, totalling about $700, bagged him a collection of furniture, mattresses, a fishing rod, an industrial locker, a chest freezer, a fishing rod and other assorted items.
A crowd gathered to inspect the storage containers before bidding began.
Robinson, who lives in Eighty-eight Valley, is from a family of gold miners and farmers.
His father taught him to fix up old items: machinery and furniture, and got him into auctions. Robinsons first win was a $5 box of tools, at 16. Since then, hes been to thousands of auctions, buying unwanted goods to do up and sell on.
I havent found a lot of gold, no rolls of money or safes. Its just something I like doing.
But you did find gold once, Walker reminded him.
Samples of gold from Shanty Town, Robinson conceded.
Hes been very diverse in the things he has bought, Walker said.
Wayne Robinson came to the auction prepared, with two trucks and a serious attitude.
While Walkers banter is cheerful, the auctions for the unclaimed items are his least favourite job, he said.
Its sad: youre liquidating someones life.
But opening a container to reveal the items inside is exciting, he admitted.
Dont ask me whats in them, it could be gold, but it could be nothing. Its interesting, its exciting: its a lucky dip.
Walker does two or three of these auctions a year. There are always surprises: passports, paperwork and illegal items.
And rarely, personal items of a nature hed prefer didnt appear in print, he said.
Walker finds storage auctions a little sad. But he admitted the chance to find buried treasure was exciting.

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