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8 hidden treasures people have stumbled upon in their homes

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When you're buying or renting a new home, you never quite know what you're getting yourself info — and we don't just mean in terms of maintenance and expenses. Some people find hidden surprises in their new abodes, ranging from historical treasures to actual treasures.

Read on for eight surprising stories of the cool things people found in their homes.

A couple found a safe full of booze, cash, and a book. 

While renovating a Phoenix home in 2015, a couple knocked down a kitchen wall and discovered a 50-year-old safe inside. It contained roughly $50,000 in cash; a 1960 bottle of bourbon; and a book, "A Guide for the Perplexed" by E.F. Schumacher.

The new owners of a home found an unsigned Van Gogh.

The new owners of an old Norwegian home discovered a piece of artwork in the attic that the previous homeowner had believed to be a fake Vincent Van Gogh work. However, upon closer examination, it was determined that it was an authentic but unsigned work by the famed Impressionist, titled "Sunset at Montmajour."

Someone found a giant Monopoly board under a carpet. 

2003, the new owner of a bungalow in Fresno, California, couldn't believe his eyes when he ripped up the carpet — revealing a giant Monopoly game board painted on the hardwood floor. However, it wasn't an exact replica of the classic game. Instead, it contained some risque alterations, such as silhouettes of naked women.

A couple found a fully-stocked Victorian-era kitchen.

A married couple decided to explore the basement of a home that had been in the family for years. By removing old junk, they uncovered a door leading to a hidden Victorian-era servants' kitchen, complete with a range, pots and pans, antique fire extinguishers, and jelly molds.

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A man found a valuable and rare comic book.

A man remodeling a 1938 house in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, demolished a wall and found buried treasure: a June 1938 copy of the Action Comics #1 comic book that later sold at auction for $175,000.

A couple found archaeological treasures and turned their home into a museum. 

A couple purchased a home in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City in Israel in 1970. Given other historical objects that had been found in the area, the homeowners were convinced there might be something hidden on their new property.

So, after moving in, they embarked on an expensive undertaking to search under their house. Sure enough, they discovered priceless archaeological treasures, some more than 2,000 years old, including a bronze key ring, an arrowhead, a Byzantine water cistern, an ivory pen, and an inkwell.

A couple found a Medieval well.

A couple had been living in a Victorian home in Plymouth, England, for 24 years when they spotted an odd bulge in the floor and decided to investigate. Underneath, they discovered a 33-foot-deep Medieval well.

During a renovation project, owners found Mayan murals.

Around 2007, the owner of a 300-year-old home in Guatemala began a renovation project and unveiled a major find: centuries-old Mayan murals beneath the kitchen walls. The murals, which cover several walls, are believed to depict a ritual "conquest" dance.

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