Nuclear bunker sold on eBay

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A Cold War nuclear bunker has been sold on eBay for more than £20,000, it emerged today.

The underground bunker in Derbyshire's Peak District went on sale on the online auction site with a starting price of £500, but was sold for £20,600 after more than 40 bids.

The bunker was built in 1959 and operated by the Royal Observer Corps as a post from which nuclear fallout could be monitored.

According to the seller, it was fully operational until 1991 and is "set in a stunning location with glorious views".

The vendor added: "A rare opportunity to acquire a piece of Cold War history.

"Your own nuclear bunker within a plot of land and much original equipment.

"The bunker is in an elevated position with panoramic views over the Derbyshire Dales."

The seller said the bunker was designated as a "master post".

It is 15ft underground and is reached via a metal hatch and shaft. It has two rooms, a chemical toilet and monitoring room, and two ventilation shafts.

It has a phone line and the vendor also threw in a desk, chair, siren box, enamel bucket, copper earthing straps along the top two walls and jerry cans.

The item was sold when the auction ended yesterday.