His house in Huddersfield, England has now gone up for auction for a guide price of about $90,000.
‘Death Trap’ Home Of The ‘King Of Eccentrics’ Goes To Auction
The home of a former television star known as the ‘King of the Eccentrics’ has been put up for auction – including the garden where his body is buried.
Jake Mangle-Wurzel was a notorious hoarder who died with a large number of quirky items abandoned at his property.
This included wacky inventions, torture devices and headless mannequins.
Mangle-Wurzel died last year at the age of 83, after a short battle with skin cancer, and was laid to rest within the grounds of the home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in northern England, in the United Kingdom.
He rose to fame in the 1980s and appeared on various television shows throughout the years, including a documentary about himself that was aired in 2015.
His house in Huddersfield has now gone up for auction for a guide price of about $90,000.
Auction Manchester have said that the house needs ‘extensive rebuilding works and refurbishing throughout’ and the photos prove this, showing rubbish throughout the property – including an old caravan outside.
Photos of outside the property also show a pile of tree branches, two abandoned cars and a children’s play car.
Mangle-Wurzel is buried in the garden, which was something ‘he always wanted to do.’
Bernard McGuin, 64, who had known Jake for 37 years said: “I was there when they buried him.
“He always wanted to be buried there, which was something he made his stipulation.
“Ever since I’ve known him, he’s always said he wanted to be buried in his property.
“He’s not buried in the place he wanted to be and he built a tomb at the side of his house with two of his fingers sticking up from the grave.
“But I’m afraid we couldn’t do that.”
McGuin also described the house as ‘a death trap’ and an ‘awful place to go’.
He said: “You didn’t want to go there, it was just a death trap.
“You would bump your head on stuff, fall over and you wouldn’t want to go to the toilet there.
“He just wrecked the place, he would put something down and just never pick it up.
“You would go in his front room, and it would be filled with newspapers as he was an avid reader of the Huddersfield Examiner and he never threw a copy away.”
The house is going for auction on September 6, on a live stream ran by Auction House Manchester.
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