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Bay Area Woman Puts Nevada Recluse’s Gold Fortune Up For Auction

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Gold coins found in the home of a deceased Carson City man. (CBS)

Gold coins found in the home of a deceased Carson City man. (CBS)

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CARSON CITY (CBS/AP) — The public will get its first look at a gold fortune that has been hidden away in Nevada for years.

About 135 pounds of Walter Samaszko Jr.’s gold coins will be auctioned off in 11 lots Tuesday in a courtroom to pay government taxes and fees.

Carson City Clerk Recorder Alan Glover says the auction will only include about half of the trove left behind when the reclusive man died in his modest Carson City home last year.

An exhaustive search identified California substitute teacher Arlene Magdanz as Samaszko’s first cousin and sole heir to the fortune that was decades in the making.

About $800,000 is due in estate taxes. Glover expects about $3 million from the auction.

All profits will go to Magdanz.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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