A car abandoned in a garage for 50 years by an eccentric doctor who was a compulsive hoarder has been sold at auction for more than 3million. The 1937 Bugatti Type 57S was found at the home of Dr Harold Carr amid piles of medical machinery, 1,500 beer steins, thousands of receipts and even a World War Two spy drone. His family made the profitable discovery as they sorted through his possessions following his death. The vehicle was bought by a telephone bidder when it went under the hammer at Bonhams' Retromobile car show and sale in Paris for 3,043,293. The car was originally owned by racing enthusiast Earl Howe, who was the first president of the British Racing Driver's Club. He took delivery of the sporty two-seat Atalante after it was completed in 1937 and kept it for eight years. After Earl Howe sold it, it changed hands a couple of time before Dr Carr bought the car in 1955 from Lord Ridley, a member of the Northumberland gentry. Dr Carr, an orthopaedic surgeon who served as an army doctor during World War Two and also became a keen flier, bought the vehicle in 1955 for 895 - the equivalent of 15,500 today. He drove the car for the first few years but in the early 1960s it was parked in his garage where it remained for nearly 50 years until his death. When the surgeon passed away in 2007 his nephew was left to clear out his garage and he found the car inside. It was offered for sale with an extensive file of correspondence documenting its history. It still has its original chassis, engine, drivetrain and body. The car even has what appears to be a remarkably low mileage with an odometer reading of just 26,284. It is highly coveted by collectors as only 17 were ever made and at least four of those are thought to belong to the Musee Nationale de L'Automobile in Mulhouse, France. Others remain in the hands of private collectors. He never married and eight relatives are to share the proceeds of his estate. A nephew, who wishes to remain anonymous, previously told the Mail: 'We knew he had some cars, but we had no idea what they were. - Daily Mail 'It was a bit of local folklore that he had a Bugatti, but no one knew for sure. It's worth so much because he hasn't used it for 50 years. It was one of the original supercars. 'When it was built it could reach 130mph at a time when other cars could only do 50mph. Of course we are delighted and we're going to make sure the money is shared out among the family. It's a wonderful thing to leave.' He described his uncle as 'a very eccentric old gent', adding: 'I suppose you could call him a mad doctor. People who saw him in the street thought he was a tramp. He would wear two pairs of trousers at the same time. 'All the children would laugh at him in the street when he tinkered with his cars because he wore a piece of rubber tube round his head to stop the oil getting in his hair. But he was always such a generous man.' In his later years Dr Carr suffered from a form of obsessive compulsive disorder and hoarded everything in the house he refused to leave. Files were piled 6ft high at his detached home, including even receipts for pencils bought in the 1950s. 'Since he died, it has taken me 18 months to get where I am today,' said the nephew. A spokeswoman for Bonhams said the car had been bought by a European collector. She said: 'He is a big collector of Bugatti cars. 'The car will stay in Europe and it will be kept in good condition.'