When Nick Mead purchased an ex-military tank on eBay, he probably 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.
Mead, a tank collector from the United Kingdom, owns a company that provides tanks and armored vehicles for driving classes, television and film props and, occasionally, epic parties.
He came to own the tank in question — an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69 — 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 the accompanying firearms might be 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: