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Kmart shoppers rush to buy a new $20 wicker bag that’s PERFECT for a summer day at the beach 

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Australian shoppers are rushing to buy a wicker tote from Kmart that looks exactly like a designer bag almost 43 times the price.

The discount store’s $20 accessory is a near-perfect dupe of the iconic ‘Basket Bag’ from Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe, which is handwoven from palm and premium calf leather and costs $855 for the equivalent size.

Both bags have tan handles and a large patch emblazoned across the front, though Loewe’s design is stamped with the brand’s logo while Kmart’s is bare.

Demand for the budget-friendly imitation has soared since Sydney fashion blogger Dani slung it over her shoulder in an Instagram photo uploaded on Wednesday.

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Can you believe it's Kmart? This $20 tote has just hit the shelves at the Australian discount store, and fashionistas are raving about its similarity to a designer style 43 times the price

Can you believe it's Kmart? This $20 tote has just hit the shelves at the Australian discount store, and fashionistas are raving about its similarity to a designer style 43 times the price

Can you believe it’s Kmart? This $20 tote has just hit the shelves at the Australian discount store, and fashionistas are raving about its similarity to a designer style 43 times the price

The luxury alternative is this iconic 'Basket Bag' from Spanish fashion house Loewe, which is handwoven from palm and premium calf leather and costs an eye-watering $855

The luxury alternative is this iconic 'Basket Bag' from Spanish fashion house Loewe, which is handwoven from palm and premium calf leather and costs an eye-watering $855

The luxury alternative is this iconic ‘Basket Bag’ from Spanish fashion house Loewe, which is handwoven from palm and premium calf leather and costs an eye-watering $855

‘The $20 tote you didn’t know you needed from Kmart Australia,’ the influencer, who posts as ‘Luxe and Lemonade’, wrote in the caption.

Followers were quick to note the striking similarity to Loewe’s luxury accessory, which comes in three sizes – small, medium and large – and is described as ‘the perfect summer staple’ in a product overview online.

‘I need to get my hands on this,’ Gold Coast stylist Amanda Shannon replied.

‘Love this, a gorgeous Loewe dupe! Might just tempt me back to Kmart,’ another woman said.

‘Must. Have,’ added a third, to which Dani responded: ‘It’s giving me serious J Crew [a US designer label] and Loewe vibes!’

And it’s not the first time Kmart has released a bargain dupe of a designer bag. 

Loewe's luxury accessory (pictured) comes in three sizes - small, medium and large - and is described as 'the perfect summer staple' in a product overview online

Loewe's luxury accessory (pictured) comes in three sizes - small, medium and large - and is described as 'the perfect summer staple' in a product overview online

Loewe’s luxury accessory (pictured) comes in three sizes – small, medium and large – and is described as ‘the perfect summer staple’ in a product overview online

In June, fashionistas stripped the shelves of an over-sized clutch that looks identical to the iconic Bottega Veneta ‘Pouch’, widely hailed as the ‘It’ bag of 2020.

The ‘Large Clutch’ from the Australian discount store costs just $15 and comes in tan, khaki and black, while the Italian fashion house’s luxury design will set you back a staggering $3,730 in an array of shades including tan, mustard and red.

Sydney fashion blogger Lori was one of the first to get her hands on the Kmart version, sharing a photograph of herself dressed in a white top and shorts, brown tan belt toting the clutch.

Followers were quick to comment, saying how excited they were to get their hands on the affordable dupe.

Shoppers went wild for this $15 Kmart clutch bag which is a perfect dupe of a $3,700 designer style

Shoppers went wild for this $15 Kmart clutch bag which is a perfect dupe of a $3,700 designer style

Shoppers went wild for this $15 Kmart clutch bag which is a perfect dupe of a $3,700 designer style

The original design is Bottega Veneta's iconic 'Pouch' (pictured), widely hailed as the 'It' bag of 2020

The original design is Bottega Veneta's iconic 'Pouch' (pictured), widely hailed as the 'It' bag of 2020

The original design is Bottega Veneta’s iconic ‘Pouch’ (pictured), widely hailed as the ‘It’ bag of 2020

Like the Bottega Veneta ‘Pouch’, the Kmart bag is made from buttery soft leather with gathered detailing stitched across the top and a deep interior your large enough to hold a purse, lipstick and keys.

Unlike the Bottega, Kmart’s bag includes an adjustable shoulder strap which can be detached and tucked inside the bag, depending on whether you want to wear it over the shoulder or carry it as a clutch.

The bag hit the shelves as part of Kmart’s autumn/winter range the first week of June.

It is still available on the website and is currently reduced to just $8.

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Business minister defends test and trace boss Baroness Dido Harding

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Baroness Dido Harding is facing calls to quit over repeated failures at test and trace

Baroness Dido Harding is facing calls to quit over repeated failures at test and trace

Baroness Dido Harding is facing calls to quit over repeated failures at test and trace

Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi has today rushed to the aid of Baroness Dido Harding — the boss of England’s beleaguered test and trace system — amid mounting calls for her to step aside because the shambolic system keeps getting worse. 

Mr Zahawi insisted the Conservative peer is ‘doing a very difficult job really well’ and working 19-hour days, seven days a week to ensure she stays on top of the virus.

‘I think she is doing a very difficult job really well,’ he said on Sky News this morning. ‘I’ll tell you why because I sit on the local action committee goal where we go through the data on test and trace and how well the system is working.’

Stumbling over his words, he added: ‘I think Dido has led the team in an incredible way, she’s working seven days a week, 19-hour days. This is a joint effort by many, many, people to be commended who work with Dido and are delivering the test and trace system.’

The former head of TalkTalk, who is married to Conservative MP John Penrose, was appointed to run the so-called ‘world-beating’ test and trace system by Health Secretary Matt Hancock in May.

It is supposed to be a major weapon in the Government’s arsenal of anti-coronavirus measures because it is designed to halt an outbreak in its tracks.  

But under her leadership the service has lurched from disaster to disaster, and last week registered another record-low performance. 

Call handlers were only able to reach 59.6 per cent of contacts of infected patients, meaning almost 100,000 people who may have been infected were allowed to wander the streets. It prompted Boris Johnson to last week admit the system needed to improve.

It was slammed with further stinging criticism in September after failing to expand capacity ahead of the return of schools, even though top scientists warned it would lead to the UK needing to carry out hundreds of thousands of extra tests each day.

The management oversight left parents being asked to drive hundreds of miles to get a swab for the children, and forced those who had a test to wait, in some cases, more than five days for their results — even though the Government promised to give everyone a result within 24 hours by the end of June. 

SAGE has warned the system needs to trace at least 80 per cent of contacts to be effective. It added that rapid turnaround times are ‘vital’ to curbing the spread of infections across the country. 

Test and Trace has recorded its worst week yet. The latest graphs - up to October 14 - reveal it is managing to reach fewer contacts of those that have tested positive in 24 hours than ever

Test and Trace has recorded its worst week yet. The latest graphs - up to October 14 - reveal it is managing to reach fewer contacts of those that have tested positive in 24 hours than ever

Test and Trace has recorded its worst week yet. The latest graphs – up to October 14 – reveal it is managing to reach fewer contacts of those that have tested positive in 24 hours than ever

The service is also lagging behind reaching the number of contacts of people who have tested positive - recording a record low of reaching just 59.6 per cent this week

The service is also lagging behind reaching the number of contacts of people who have tested positive - recording a record low of reaching just 59.6 per cent this week

The service is also lagging behind reaching the number of contacts of people who have tested positive – recording a record low of reaching just 59.6 per cent this week

Boris Johnson defended the Baroness yesterday, insisting she had his ‘full confidence’ despite the continuing poor performance of the ‘world-beating’ service under her management.

A Number 10 spokesman told reporters yesterday: ‘I think we’ve certainly set out before that the Prime Minister continues to have full confidence in Dido Harding.

‘NHS Test and Trace has built a testing capacity of over 360,000-a-day from a starting point of 2,000-a-day in March. That is a bigger figure per head than in France, Germany, Italy and Spain – 1.1million have been contacted and told to self-isolate.

‘But as you’ve also heard the Prime Minister say, the system does need to improve especially in terms of the turnaround times for tests and we expect that to happen.’

He said staffing levels were being increased and that more automation would allow for more tests to be carried out ‘in order to drive improvement’. 

In a scathing attack on the beleaguered test and trace system on Sunday, senior Conservative backbench MP Sir Bernard Jenkin joined Labour in suggesting she should be replaced.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he called for a change that was ‘visible and decisive’ with a senior military figure being put in charge.

‘There is a spaghetti of command and control at the top, which is incapable of coherent analysis, assessment, planning and delivery,’ he wrote.

But Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi still defended Baroness Harding, and claimed she was doing a 'very difficult job really well'

But Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi still defended Baroness Harding, and claimed she was doing a 'very difficult job really well'

But Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi still defended Baroness Harding, and claimed she was doing a ‘very difficult job really well’

‘The immediate priority is to fill the vacuum of leadership in Test and Trace, which is destroying cooperation and compliance.

‘Government harnessed the military to regain control in the foot and mouth crisis; the Prime Minister should follow that example today, by installing a single leader, a three or four star military commander with a reputation for handling complexity under stress.

Sir Bernard, who chairs the Liaison Committee of senior MPs which questions the Prime Minister twice a year, added that she should be given a ‘well-earned break’ so she and others could ‘reflect on the lessons learned so far’.

Britain’s covid queen who will lead test and trace scheme: Baroness Dido is Tory MP’s wife who was raised on a pig farm (and thinks there is too much maternity leave) 

The former chief executive of TalkTalk, who was at the helm of the company when it was hit by an £80 million cyber attack in 2015, will lead the UK’s test and trace scheme to tackle the coronavirus, set to launch tomorrow. 

Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, 53, was raised on a Somerset pig farm and is the granddaughter of Field Marshall Lord Harding, the commander of the Desert Rats who became the most senior soldier in the British army. 

A former jockey, she studied Policy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, alongside David Cameron, and is the wife of John Penrose, the Conservative MP for Weston-super-Mare.

Upon graduating, she held a slew of roles at Thomas Cook, Woolworths, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. 

Baroness Harding was appointed CEO of TalkTalk in 2010, serving in the role for seven years, during which the company was the victim of a cyber attack that saw the personal and banking details of 157,000 customers accessed by hackers. 

She was subjected to repeated blackmail attempts after the hack, with demands for Bitcoins in exchange for stolen data, which included customers’ names, email addresses, mobile numbers, home addresses and dates of birth. 

In the aftermath, TalkTalk was fined a record £400,000 for security failings which allowed the data to be accessed ‘with ease’ in one of the biggest data breaches in history. 

TalkTalk is thought to have lost £60million from the fallout with an estimated 100,000 angry customers leaving, mainly to BT, while 2015 profits halved to £14million and shares lost nearly two-thirds of their value.

Baroness Harding faced repeated calls to step down over the breach, but stayed on until 2017, when she resigned to focus on her ‘public service activities’. 

Later that year, she was appointed chair of NHS Improvement, responsible for overseeing all NHS hospitals. 

A powerful figure,  she refuses to believe her gender has ever held her back, nor will she endorse female quotas on company boards, which she sees as political meddling. 

She also thinks that workers have too much maternity leave, despite admitting being the boss has allowed her to successfully juggle her own career with spending time with the two daughters she has with her husband. 

She said in a 2015 interview: ‘I have an enormously privileged position.

‘I make a lot of money – a matter of public record – I have a huge amount of help, and I’m more in control of the day and what I do than someone working shifts on the checkout, or running the produce department in a supermarket.’

Baroness Harding has also packed in a career as a jockey, which saw her appear at Cheltenham, Ascot and even the towering Grand National jumps at Aintree.

One particularly nasty crash over the sticks at Larkhill left her strapped to a spinal board – though she still managed to catch a flight to a conference in Thailand the next day.

But, aged 24, she made a rash promise to her husband – she would give it all up at 40.

When the date came Penrose, who had not forgotten, made it clear breaching the bargain was a deal-breaker for the marriage.

Harding obliged, though does still race without jumps.

‘I miss the racing hugely,’ she previously admitted. ‘If you told me I could go off and do it tomorrow afternoon I would. For me that’s always been my way of shutting everything off and relaxing.’

Now, she is the leader of the government’s coronavirus tracing programme.

The NHS Test and Trace system for England will see anyone who develops symptoms told to self-isolate and get tested, with the close contacts of those who are found to be positive for the disease then told to quarantine for 14 days even if they test negative and are not sick.

The system is being launched without its NHS contact tracing app centrepiece prompting concerns that without the new technology the Government could struggle to tackle the spread of the disease.  

Experts immediately said the complexity of the programme meant there could be ‘several points of failure’ while the Government’s political opponents said ministers should never have largely ditched contact tracing in the first place. 

Mr Hancock said that adhering to self-isolation would be ‘voluntary at first’ but that he could ‘quickly make it mandatory if that is what it takes’.

He told the daily Downing Street press conference: ‘If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace instructing you to isolate, you must. It is your civic duty, so you avoid unknowingly spreading the virus and you help to break the chain of transmission.’    

The launch of the programme was announced by Boris Johnson during an appearance in front of the Liaison Committee this afternoon as he admitted the UK’s testing capability was underpowered at the start of the outbreak because the ‘brutal reality’ was Britain did not ‘learn the lessons’ of previous pandemics.  

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Kmart shoppers will have to BOOK online

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Kmart shoppers will have to book online or risk being turned away at the door as the store attempts to comply with coronavirus restrictions.

Victorian retailers will be allowed to open their doors from midnight on Tuesday as the city comes out of its crushing lockdown.

To cater to the high demand while adhering to capacity rules allowing only 20 people in store at a time, Kmart will enforce a booking system in 38 store locations around the city. 

Melburians looking to visit Kmart from Wednesday will have to book a slot online (pictured: people queuing at Kmart during coronavirus)

Melburians looking to visit Kmart from Wednesday will have to book a slot online (pictured: people queuing at Kmart during coronavirus)

Melburians looking to visit Kmart from Wednesday will have to book a slot online (pictured: people queuing at Kmart during coronavirus)

Patrons are asked to visit the website or Social Q booking app to pick their preferred store. 

They are also asked to enter the number of people on the shopping trip, before selecting a preferred time from a calendar with available slots, separated by intervals of 20 minutes.

Customers who fail to book during peak periods will be turned away and asked to reserve a spot in a ‘virtual queue’ until the store clears.

‘If you come during peak trade (when our store is at capacity) we have a new service available to help make your shopping trip more convenient,’ the retailer said on its Facebook page. 

Upon visiting the website (pictured) or the Social Q booking app, patrons are asked to pick their preferred store, before entering the number of people on the shopping trip

Upon visiting the website (pictured) or the Social Q booking app, patrons are asked to pick their preferred store, before entering the number of people on the shopping trip

Upon visiting the website (pictured) or the Social Q booking app, patrons are asked to pick their preferred store, before entering the number of people on the shopping trip

‘This service will allow you to carry on shopping until we’re ready to safely welcome you into store. We’ll send you an SMS notification as soon as we’re ready for you.’ 

But shoppers on Facebook said they had trouble using the booking system.

‘I have tried so many times to book since 1pm when the booking system was fixed to allow you to actually book 12:00am on Wed 28th October for Fountain Gate,’ one confused customer wrote, followed by a series of error messages. 

‘It is very frustrating that this is happening.’

Others were shocked that the store resorted to taking bookings.  

Kmart (stock image) said shoppers are welcome to visit the store at any time, as long as it's not during a peak period

Kmart (stock image) said shoppers are welcome to visit the store at any time, as long as it's not during a peak period

Kmart (stock image) said shoppers are welcome to visit the store at any time, as long as it’s not during a peak period

‘How crazy is this system, why don’t you count people coming in and let someone enter whenever someone leaves,’ one user asked.

‘Supermarkets had this system and it worked very well. Not enough thought put into this system and how do people that don’t have internet, especially elderly folk, won’t be going.’  

‘I was told that you have to pre-book to get into your stores in Melbourne. Is this true?’ another asked.

Kmart responded and said shoppers are welcome to visit the store at any time, as long as it’s not during a peak period.

‘If you want to pop in and visit us in store… you still can. If the store is under capacity, you’ll be welcomed straight in by a member of our team,’ the store replied. 

KMART STORES IN MELBOURNE TAKING ONLINE BOOKINGS 

 Airport West

Altona

Boronia

Brandon Park

Broadmeadows

Brunswick

Burwood

Campbellfield

Carrum Downs

Chadstone

Chirnside Park

Clayton

Cranbourne

Dandenong

Eastland

Endeavour Hills

Footscray

Fountain Gate

 

 Greensborough

Hastings

Keilor

Keysborough

Knox

Manor Lakes

Melton

Moonee Ponds

Preston

Reservoir

Richmond

Rosebud

Rowville

Sanctuary Lake

South Morang

Southland

Tarneit

Templestowe

Werribee

Source: Kmart 

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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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