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Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 but did not immediately reveal the information, choosing instead to appear on Fox News and await the results of a second test before his diagnosis was disclosed, it has been reported.

Trump received a positive result on Thursday evening before his appearance on Sean Hannity’s show.

Speaking to the presenter, a friend, he did not reveal those results. 

Instead, he confirmed earlier reports that Hope Hicks, one of his top aides, had tested positive for coronavirus and said he had also been tested.

Donald Trump is pictured on Friday, having tested positive for COVID on Thursday night

Donald Trump is pictured on Friday, having tested positive for COVID on Thursday night

Donald Trump is pictured on Friday, having tested positive for COVID on Thursday night

Trump announced the news of his test at 1am on Friday, despite having tested positive earlier

Trump announced the news of his test at 1am on Friday, despite having tested positive earlier

Trump announced the news of his test at 1am on Friday, despite having tested positive earlier

He mentioned the second test he had taken that night for which he was awaiting results. 

‘I’ll get my test back either tonight or tomorrow morning,’ he said. 

CBS News first reported, and the Wall Street Journal confirmed, that by that point, Trump had received a positive result on a rapid test. 

At 1am on Friday his positive test result was confirmed. 

Trump appeared on Hannity on Thursday night, having already tested positive

Trump appeared on Hannity on Thursday night, having already tested positive

Trump appeared on Hannity on Thursday night, having already tested positive

Instead of confirming his own results, the president confirmed that Hicks had tested positive

Instead of confirming his own results, the president confirmed that Hicks had tested positive

Instead of confirming his own results, the president confirmed that Hicks had tested positive

Trump is pictured on Friday arriving at the Walter Reed hospital in Maryland

Trump is pictured on Friday arriving at the Walter Reed hospital in Maryland

Trump is pictured on Friday arriving at the Walter Reed hospital in Maryland

The White House has not said when Trump last tested negative, which is important information for determining how long he might have had the virus and when he became infectious. 

He has had an array of events in the past week, possibly exposing a wide range of people. 

On Sunday the president’s doctors said that he could be discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center as early as Monday.

They said he was given a steroid and put on oxygen as a treatment for COVID-19.  

Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence both tested negative again for coronavirus on Sunday. 

Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon, writing: ‘I really appreciate all of the fans and supporters outside of the hospital. The fact is, they really love our Country and are seeing how we are MAKING IT GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!’ 

THE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS OVER TRUMP’S HEALTH

WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?  

We now have had three different versions of when Trump was diagnosed from the White House, ranging from Wednesday morning to Friday at 1am. The White House has also not said what ‘diagnosed’ means – it could mean spotting clinical symptoms or testing positive.

The White House first announced Donald Trump’s positive test result – and that of the first lady – at 1am EST on Friday morning. 

But Dr. Sean Conley said on Saturday morning just before midday that the president was ’72 hours into the diagnosis’. 

That’s hours before he flew to Minnesota for an indoors fundraiser and outdoors rally in Duluth, and one day before he attended an indoor fundraiser at Trump’s golf course and country club Bedminster, New Jersey. 

There were reportedly 100 people in attendance and Trump reportedly met about 19 high-dollar GOP donors in private. He was reportedly ‘lethargic’ at that fundraiser. 

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

The crowd that gathered for Trump's rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above

The crowd that gathered for Trump's rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above

The crowd that gathered for Trump’s rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above 

Dr. Conley then offered a different version saying that on Thursday afternoon ‘we repeated testing’ and Trump was given a PCR test – the most accurate kind because he ‘gave a kind of clinical indication.’

He did not say if that was before or after he flew to New Jersey for an indoors fundraiser. 

Trump himself told Sean Hannity shortly after 9pm that night that he was waiting for a test. 

After Conley spoke a White House source said ‘on background’: ‘The doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs. Diagnosis made Thursday night.’ 

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis and treatment.

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis

‘The president was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening on Thursday October 1st and had received Regeron’s antibody cocktail on Friday October 2nd,’ he clarified. 

A Regeneron spokesperson said Conley was also incorrect by calling it polyclonal antibody theory in his memo. 

‘It is two monoclonal antibodies. It was incorrect in the physician’s letter,’ Regeneron spokesperson Hala Mirza told CBS News. 

When asked point blank Conley refused to share the date of Trump’s last negative COVID-19 test. 

WHY DID A WHITE HOUSE SOURCE IMMEDIATELY CONTRADICT HIS DOCTOR?  

A White House official said immediately after Conley’s press conference Saturday that the doctor misspoke in saying Trump was ’72 hours’ into his diagnosis.

The official said Conley was wrong and Trump was diagnosed Thursday night and treatment began that night.  

WHEN PRECISELY WERE SYMPTOMS FIRST DETECTED AND WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE TESTED?

There is no clarity over when Trump was last tested before his positive result. Dr. Conley repeated the White House claim that he is tested ‘frequently’ but did not say what that meant. They have never said if he was routinely given the less accurate Abbott Labs 15 minute test or the advanced PCR test.

When he arrived at Tuesday’s presidential debate Trump was too late to be tested by the Cleveland Clinic. Moderator Chris Wallace said there was an ‘honor system’ for the candidates; Trump’s team told the Debate Commission he was negative. That night he flew home on Air Force One from the presidential debate and aides said he was tired but decided it was because of the debate. But lethargy is symptom – and it is unknown if doctors took note of it.

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving to the event

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving to the event

Later in the afternoon, he took video of the president's helicopter, Marine One lifting off

Later in the afternoon, he took video of the president's helicopter, Marine One lifting off

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving the Trump fundraiser (left) and took video of the president’s helicopter Marine One lifting off (right)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

Then Dr. Conley initially said Trump was diagnosed ’72 hours’ before the Saturday statement which would mean Wednesday morning.

Trump went to Minnesota on Wednesday for a fundraiser in Minneapolis and a rally in Duluth, where he spoke for 45 minutes, far less than his usual performances of more than an hour. Then he fell asleep on Air Force One in contrast to normally watching television and tweeting. But it is unknown if this was seen as a possible symptom at the time.

Hope Hicks’ positive result came on Thursday morning but nobody has said if Trump was tested as soon as it was given or if it was until late Thursday afternoon that he was given a full nasal swab. 

WHEN WAS HE FIRST TREATED FOR COVID?

Dr. Sean Conley said Saturday that he was speaking ’48 hours after’ the first Regenron treatment was given to Trump. That would mean on Thursday morning. 

And another doctor – Brian Garibaldi – said: ‘About 48 hours ago the president received a special antibody therapy directed against the coronavirus. We are working very closely with the company to monitor him in terms of that outcome. Yesterday evening he received his first dose of IV Remdesvir.’ 

But the public were not told he was even ill until Friday at 1am, and no drug treatment was disclosed until Friday afternoon. 

After Dr. Conley spoke, a White House source spoke ‘on background’ and said: ‘The Doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs, Regeneron administered later that night (2 days ago), not 48hrs ago.’ 

Then in a statement Dr. Conley said Regenron was first administered on Friday – but not when. That means two doctors are now being said by the White House to have misspoken.  

DO WE KNOW ALL THE PRESIDENT’S UNDERYING CONDITIONS?  

We do not know if we do. The last medical report in June said he was clinically obsess but had health cholesterol, resting heart rate and blood pressure., normal kidney, liver and thyroid function, normal blood count and normal Vitamin V12 and Vitamin D levels. ,

But the White House has never explained fully his mystery trip to Walter Reed in November 2019 when Mike Pence was told to be on ‘standby’ to assume the powers of the presidency. 

Since then Trump’s struggle to walk down a ramp at West Point and his strange drinking of water with two hands has been the subject of widespread speculation about cognitive issues. He has denied having ‘a series of mini-strokes’ in an angry tweet but his physician has never fully addressed the visit or his cognitive state. 

Trump is at a is 74 years old and at 244lbs and 6ft 3, is technically obese which puts him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus. 

Older men are at great risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 and are twice as likely to die than women of the same age, according to an analysis by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

When asked about any other risk factors Conley said Trump is overall healthy, saying his health and cholesterol are ‘great’.  

DID HE GO TO ANY EVENTS WHEN DOCTORS SUSPECTED HE WAS UNWELL OR HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CLINICAL SYMPTOMS OF COVID?

The White House doctors and series of statements offer no insight into when Trump first felt unwell; when anyone suspected he was unwell; when he was first tested; and if a doctor had seen clinical signs of COVID before he was nasally swabbed. 

That means that Trump could have gone to any or all of a Minnesota fundraiser and rally; a White House South Lawn event; and a New Jersey fundraiser with doctors suspecting he had COVID or even having tested him for it.  

HAS THE PRESIDENT EVER BEEN ON OXYGEN?

Conley sparked confusion in regards to if the president was ever on supplemental oxygen. The coronavirus affects a person’s breathing and some patients end up on ventilators.

‘He’s not needed any this morning today at all,’ he said grinning, refusing to admit if Trump was ever on oxygen.

‘Yesterday and today he is not on oxygen,’ he said. 

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

About an hour later the New York Times and Associated Press reported Trump was given oxygen at the White House residence. 

Two people close to the White House told the New York Times in separate interviews that Trump had trouble breathing on Friday and doctors put him on supplemental oxygen after his oxygen level dropped while he was still at the White House.  

There has been no official denial or confirmation but Dr. Conley had left that possibility open. Why he would not confirm it is unknown. 

Conley said, ‘all indicators are that he’ll remain off of oxygen going forward’. 

WHAT TEMPERATURE DID THE PRESIDENT’S FEVER SPIKE AT?

This simple question was not answered. It is a crucial clinical indication but all Dr. Conley would say is that he has been fever-free for 24 hours. Given that the White House now disputed Dr. Conley’s use of 48 and 72 hours, even that cannot be taken as true.

On Friday Conley and White House aides said Trump was suffering from a low-grade fever. 

On Saturday when asked a specific fever temperature, Conley said, ‘I’d rather not give any specific numbers but he did have a fever Thursday into Friday and since Friday morning he’s had none.’ 

DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE HEART OR LUNG DAMAGE? 

Conley was asked about lung damage and said: ‘We’re following all of that. We do daily ultrasounds. We do daily lab work. The team is tracking all of that.’ But that does not say if there is any damage to his lungs.’ He simply ignored a question about Trump’s heart. 

DO WE KNOW EVERY DRUG OR TREATMENT HE HAS TAKEN?

The White House in two statements has detailed drugs Trump has been given. 

On Friday’s afternoon it said he was given the experimental Regeneron antibody ‘cocktail’ as well as zinc, Vitamin D and the histamine-blocker famotidine. 

Then late on Friday night a statement from Dr. Conley said he had been given the antiviral Remdesvir. But Dr. Conley refused to answer if Trump was on steroids. He did not say if he is on any other drugs. 

Trump previously took hydroxychloroquine in late May and early June despite its use at the time being at best questionable and at worst risky. In June Dr. Conley said Trump takes three daily drugs: 40mg of Rosuvastatin, a statin; 1mg of finasteride, the hair-loss drug generally marketed as Propecia; and 81mg of aspirin.

Trump had asked about hydroxychloroquine in his treatment, which he famously repeatedly touted as a cure to the virus, but Conley said, ‘he’s not on it now’.

WHO IS TREATING THE PRESIDENT?

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley, who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday. 

But the White House has not answered questions on the names of his full team. It has also not said if he or Dr. Conley have consulted other doctors on the coronavirus task force including Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both renowned specialists. And it has not said if he has consulted Dr. Scott Atlas the controversial member of the taskforce who has spoken in favor of ‘herd immunity’ and minimized the importance of masks, and been called an ‘outlier’ who gives ‘bad information’ by Dr. Fauci. 

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

Also unaddressed is whether Dr. Conley has reached out to Admiral Ronny Jackson, Trump’s last White House doctor. He quit after his nomination to run Veterans Affairs was withdrawn and an investigation opened into whether he was drunk on the job and gave out prescription drugs to staffers, earning the nickname ‘Candyman.’ He had previously claimed the president could ‘live to 200. 

On Friday he tweeted that the president was ‘asymptomatic’ which quickly became plainly untrue. He is running for Congress as a Republican and it is unclear if he retains a medical registration

IS THE PRESIDENT’S DOCTOR OVERWORKED?

Given that we do not know exactly who was treating the president in the White House, we do not know if Dr. Conley has had adequate sleep, or adequate backup. 

He has been dealing with an escalating crisis since at least Thursday morning when Hicks tested positive but possibly for longer – and we do not know how long, given his changing version of events. White House staff are working around the clock and on Friday when Trump got on Marine One appeared both shellshocked and exhausted. But Dr. Conley went with him to Walter Reed, and it is unclear if he was relieved by other doctors or has worked around the clock. Dr. Conley however is a commander in the Navy and would be expected to be aided by multiple specialists to perform his task. 

Doctors are trained not to become over-tired and to recognize the need to get rest. His superior officers would emphasize that to him and at Walter Reed, Trump could have been attended by specialists who could take over to let Dr. Conley rest – but we do not know if that happened.

HAS ANY CONTACT TRACING BEEN DONE BY THE WHITE HOUSE IN ANY FORM?

The White House medical unit in conjunction with the CDC and local health departments are conducting contact tracing. 

On Friday, more than 24 hours after the New Jersey fundraiser ended, contact tracers in the state had not been given a complete list of everyone who attended the event.

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump's positive COVID-19 result

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump's positive COVID-19 result

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump’s positive COVID-19 result 

The Republican National Committee sent the names of those it knew had attended the event to Governor Phil Murphy’s office at 2:30pm.

However, the list may not include people who were working at the event including golf club workers and outsider vendors that were brought in to help stage the event. 

HAS THE PRESIDENT OR ANYONE ELSE ORDERED DOCTORS NOT TO BE FULLY TRANSPARENT – AND DID DR. CONLEY WRITE HIS OWN STATEMENT?

This is simply unknown. Dr. Conley has never before spoken to reporters, and read initially from a prepared statement. 

He has had lengthy time with the president and as a patient, the president has veto over any aspect of revealing his medical information, such as when and how he was diagnosed, his use of oxygen and his maximum temperature. Also present at Walter Reed is Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. He does not formally control Dr. Conley who is in the military chain of command, but is a member of the Cabinet and would be seen as having authority to act on the president’s behalf to control the release of information.

IF THE PRESIDENT IS TWEETING IS THAT A GOOD SIGN?

Multiple people can access Trump’s twitter account, but it is principally run by Dan Scavino, his director of social media. Under CDC guidelines Scavino should be self-quarantining after extensive contact with Trump and Hicks although it is unknown if he is. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, hinted Friday that Trump was not in control of his account when he said that ‘we decided to put out that tweet’ of the 1am Friday tweet saying: Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!’ So a tweet Saturday from Trump cannot be taken as proving he is well, or disproving that he is unwell.

 

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

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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

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

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

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

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 

Board games and memorabilia were among the collection

Board games and memorabilia were among the collection

Bin bags filled with items needed to be sorted though

Bin bags filled with items needed to be sorted though

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Shuklaa's home due to the amount of items

Auctioneers struggled to get into Mr Shuklaa's home due to the amount of items

Books were stacked to the ceiling inside the terraced home

Books were stacked to the ceiling inside the terraced home

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.’

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Queensland man raped his mother-in-law repeatedly while staying in her home in October 2019

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A woman raped by her son-in-law begged him to stop his vicious attack as he forced his penis into her mouth when he stayed at her home. 

The man, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and three minor crimes in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.

But he could be out on parole by 2022 after getting just a seven-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

The vile rapist was staying at the 48-year-old’s home in October 2019 when he, who can’t be named for legal reasons, attacked her, the court heard.

The man, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and three summary offences in Brisbane District Court on Tuesday

The man, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and three summary offences in Brisbane District Court on Tuesday

The man, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and three summary offences in Brisbane District Court on Tuesday

‘He then straddled her face and penetrated her mouth with his penis,’ Crown prosecutor Toby Corsbie told the court, Quest Newspapers reported.

‘She was crying throughout that however remained silent due to fear.

‘Once he was finished, he lay next to her and held her. She remained awake and terrified until she was able to get away and answer her phone.’

After the ordeal the man got up and took $100 from the woman’s wallet.

He was arrested shortly after he left the woman’s home and initially denied any ‘sexual activity’ occurred.

Rowan Jackson QC said the woman repeatedly begged the man to leave her alone but he continued with the attack.

Judge Jackson said the woman felt terrified and helpless, and has had issues sleeping since.

He was staying at the 48-year-old's home in October 2019 when he attacked her, the court was told (stock image)

He was staying at the 48-year-old's home in October 2019 when he attacked her, the court was told (stock image)

He was staying at the 48-year-old’s home in October 2019 when he attacked her, the court was told (stock image)

The man’s defence lawyer, Dominic Nguyen, said his client was sexually abused by a Catholic priest during his childhood.

He said there was no excuse for the horrific crimes but told the court his client had issues with alcohol and marijuana.

Mr Nguyen said his client was making steps towards rehabilitation.

Judge Jackson sentenced the man to seven-and-a-half years in prison, but he will be eligible for parole in May 2022.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Young father stabbed to death outside a friend’s home on NSW’s Central Coast

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A young father who was fatally stabbed outside a friend’s home said he loved his partner before losing consciousness.

Corey Breceljnik, 26, stepped outside of the Watanobbi residence, on NSW’s Central Coast, to take a phone call about 11.30pm on Sunday when he was stabbed in the chest and face.

Paramedics arrived and rushed the father-of-two to John Hunter Hospital where he died from his injuries on Monday.  

His girlfriend penned a heartbreaking tribute on Facebook, pledging to love him forever and expressing how she felt lost having to break the news to their two sons.  

Corey Breceljnik (pictured), 26, died in hospital on Monday after being fatally stabbed outside a friend's Watanobbi home

Corey Breceljnik (pictured), 26, died in hospital on Monday after being fatally stabbed outside a friend's Watanobbi home

Corey Breceljnik (pictured), 26, died in hospital on Monday after being fatally stabbed outside a friend’s Watanobbi home

‘Getting told you have less then two hours to hold the love of your life the person that was always here no matter what to help us love us,’ she wrote on Monday. 

‘How am I meant to tell my boys their daddy isn’t here anymore? I’m so speechless.

‘I loved you always and forever will my baby. I’ll spend every second I have left with you. And always have you in my heart forever. 

‘Your boys will know how much you loved us. You always made sure we had everything we needed and more.  I’m sorry I wasn’t there to hold you love you. 

‘I have no words you were our world.’

He collapsed on the doorstep and screamed for an ambulance, telling those around him he loved his partner before becoming unresponsive, 9News reported.

Mr  Breceljnik's girlfriend Alyce (pictured together with their sons) wrote a heartbreaking tribute to her partner on Facebook

Mr  Breceljnik's girlfriend Alyce (pictured together with their sons) wrote a heartbreaking tribute to her partner on Facebook

Mr  Breceljnik’s girlfriend Alyce (pictured together with their sons) wrote a heartbreaking tribute to her partner on Facebook

Family and friends set up a tribute page on Facebook in Mr Breceljnik’s memory, who was affectionately known as ‘sticks’ by his loved ones.

‘Miss you sticks, I’ll always be there for Alyce, your mum and the boys,’ one friend wrote. 

‘Wise words from a good man, rest in peace bro,’ another posted, sharing a meme Mr Breceljnik had previously posted that read: ‘True wealth is not of the pocket but of he heart and mind.’

A crime scene was set up, with officers spending Monday scouring the area for evidence. 

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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