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SFGate
$350,000 Nugget Found in California Mountains

BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, USA - A six-pound gold nugget has been discovered by a gold hunter in California's Butte County Mountains. The nugget has been valued at $350,000.

Source: SFGate - October 22, 2014

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Scotland Now
$1.6 Million in Viking Treasure Found by Scotsman

SCOTLAND - $1.6 Million (£1 Million) in Viking Treasure has been unearthed in southwest Scotland by an amateur treasure hunter with a metal detector.

Source: Scotland Now - October 13, 2014

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Western Morning News $79,469 for Jewelry Found in ($160) Estate Sale Trunk

LONDON, UK - An Agatha Christie fan received $79,469 (£49,275) for diamond jewelry hidden inside a trunk she bought from the Christie estate for $160 (£100). The jewelry was sold by Bonhams.

Source: Western Morning News - October 8, 2014

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New York Post
‘Sopranos’ Star Discovers Artwork Worth Millions

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - “Sopranos” star, Federico Castelluccio, has discovered a lost 17th-century painting by artist Guercino that’s worth millions..

Source: New York Post - September 29, 2014

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The Daily Mail
$60 Flea-Market Brooch Fetches $17,500

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK - A rare Cartier brooch bought in a box of costume jewellery at a flea market for $60 (£38) has sold at auction for $17,500 (£10,800).

Source: The Daily Mail - September 29, 2014

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Bleeding Cool
Comic Found Behind Sofa Worth Up To $350,000

BELGIUM - A page of original Tin Tin comic art discovered behind the sofa of a Belgian comics collector is expected to fetch $250,000 - $350,000. The comic art will be sold next month.

Source: Bleeding Cool - September 25, 2014

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The Daily Mail
Rare Coin Found in Field May Fetch $1.7 Million

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UK - An extremely rare 1652 (U.S.) Colonial Coin, (Silver Threepenny), found in a field by a 42 year old metal detecting enthusiast may fetch $1.7 million..

Source: The Daily Mail - September 8, 2014

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KOMO News
$100,000 Mural Found in Old Barn

MOUNT VERNON, WASHINGTON, USA - An original 1941 Mural painted by William Cunning has been discovered in a barn. The painting was identified by art dealer John Braseth.

Source: KOMO News - August 17, 2014

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The Daily Mail
Rare Baseball Items Worth $1 Million

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA - A discovery of rare baseball items (cards and signatures) has been valued at $1 million. The discovery happened at an Antiques Roadshow event.

Source: The Daily Mail - August 11, 2014

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BBC
Found Plate and Teapot Fetch $64,000

DEVON, UK - A rare Sevres plate and teapot discovered in a home, have fetched $64,000 (£38,000) collectively. The items were sold as part of the European Ceramics sale at Bonhams in London.

Source: BBC - June 18, 2014

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CBS News
Found Treasure May Yield $1 Billion

SOUTH CAROLINA COAST, USA - A Shipwreck off the South Carolina coast could yield as much as $1 billion in gold. The ship, the SS Central America, sank back in 1857 while carrying tons of gold.

Source: CBS News - May 6, 2014

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The Telegraph
$252,000 for Rare Carved 'Doorstop'

HERTFORDSHIRE, UK - A rare Chinese pot that was used as a doorstop for 40 years, has sold for $252,000 (£150,000) before buyers premium. The pot was sold by Sworders.

Source: The Telegraph - April 29, 2014

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The Daily Mail
$166,000 for Statue Purchased for Pennies

WINCHCOMBE, UK - A rare statue purchased in a Tibetan market for pennies, has sold for $166,000 . The statue was sold by British Bespoke Auctions.

Source: The Daily Mail - April 25, 2014

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ABC 57
$25,000 Value for $10 Painting Found in Thrift Shop

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - A rare painting bought in an Thrift Shop (Goodwill) has been valued between $25,000 - $50,000 . The painting was purchased for $10.

Source: ABC 57 - April 17, 2014

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BBC
$100,000 for Painting Found on Cottage Wall

WELSHPOOL, UK - A rare oil painting by a Dutch master was found hanging on a cottage wall. The painting has fetched $100,000 (£60,000) at auction.

Source: BBC - April 17, 2014

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The Daily Mail
$419,000 Value for Huge Pearl on Found Earring

SALISBURY, UK - The world's largest natural pearl which was discovered by accident (on an earring) is expected to fetch $419,000 (£250,000) in an upcoming auction.

Source: The Daily Mail - April 10, 2014

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The Daily Mail
$1.1 Million for Medal Found in Pawn Shop

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, USA - A 1936 Nobel Peace Prize that was found in a South American pawn shop, has sold for $1.1 million. The Medal is the second Nobel Peace Prize ever to be sold at auction.

Source: The Daily Mail - March 28, 2014

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Auto Week
$600,000 Value on 1967 Corvette Found in Garage

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA - A 1967 Corvette has been found in Garage with 2,996 original miles. The car was valued at $600,000 - $800,000.

Source: Auto Week - March 21, 2014

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The Daily Mail
$33 Million for Golden Egg Found in 'Scrap Buy'

MIDWEST, USA - A scrap dealer who purchased a golden egg at a flea market for $13,000, has discovered he bought a Faberge Ornamental egg valued at $33 million (£20 million).

Source: The Daily Mail - March 19, 2014

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Paul Fraser Collectibles
$3,500-Paid for Royal Bed valued at $33 Million

CHESTER, UK - An antique bed that was purchased for $3,500 at auction, has been identified as once belonging to King Henry VII, and is now valued at $33 million (£20 million).

Source: Paul Fraser Collectibles - March 11, 2014

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New York Times
$75 Million for da Vinci Painting found at Estate Sale

LONDON, UK - A Leonardo da Vinci painting found by a dealer attending an American estate sale, has sold in a private transaction for more than $75 million.

Source: New York Times - March 3, 2014

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SFGate.com
$10 Million in Gold Coins Discovered by Couple

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA - A couple has unearthed $10 million in gold coins. They discovered the 19th-century U.S. coins buried in rusty cans, in their back yard.

Source: SFGate.com - February 25, 2014

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The Daily Mail
Chinese Panels Found in Bungalow Fetch $861,000

SHERBORNE, UK - A rare set of four Chinese panels found strewn about in an elderly man's bungalow, have sold at auction for $861,000 (£516,600).

Source: The Daily Mail - February 17, 2014

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Huffington Post
$20,000 Marvin Gaye Passport Found in 50¢ Record

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA - Marvin Gaye's 1964 Passport was found tucked away in a 50¢ record that was bought by a man at an estate sale. The passport has been valued at $20,000.

Source: Huffington Post - February 4, 2014

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Antiques Roadshow
$75,000 Value for Photo Album Found in Basement

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA - An antique photo album found by a woman cleaning her grandmothers basement, has been valued at $75,000-$100,000. Album had a signed photo of Abraham Lincoln.

Source: Antiques Roadshow - February 3, 2014

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KEYC TV
Rare Penny Found in Desk Drawer may fetch $250,000

LA JOLLA, C
ALIFORNIA, USA - An extremely rare Aluminum Penny, discovered in a desk drawer, where it spent 33 years, is expected to fetch up-to $250,000 at auction.

Source: KEYC TV - January
30, 2014

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Antique Trader
Doll Found in Trash Fetches $14,220

FAIRFIELD, MAINE, USA - A rare (Izannah Walker) cloth doll saved from a trash-heap by a late Rhode Island woman over 20 years ago, has sold for $14,220.

Source: Antique Trader - January 12, 2014

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Auction News Network
$700-Painting Purchase, Valued at $700,000

CHESHIRE, UK - A painting purchased for $700 (£400) at an antiques shop has been identified by Antiques Roadshow as a Van Dyck portrait worth $700,000 (£400,000).

Source: National Post - December 29, 2013

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Auction News Network
$10 Singing-In-The-Rain 'Suit' Fetches $106,000

DALLAS, TEXAS, USA - In 1970, a retired postal worker paid $10 at an MGM sale, for the suit Gene Kelly wore in “Singin’ In the Rain." The suit has sold at auction for $106,000.

Source: Auction News Network - December 23, 2013

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BBC
$29,000 in Posters Found-Under-Floorboards

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - A rare set of vintage British Rail posters found under the floorboards of a house, have sold at auction for $29,000 (£18,000).

Source: BBC - December 23, 2013

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BBC
$48,000 Gold Coin Discovered with Metal Detector

SOUTH WILTSHIRE, UK - A 1,700-year-old Roman gold coin found with a metal detector in a field, is expected to fetch $48,000 (£30,000) at auction.

Source: BBC - November 21, 2013

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Art Daily
$89,000 in Jewelry Discovered in Attic Suitcase

NORTHERN, SCOTLAND - A jewelry collection valued at $89,000 (£55,000) was discovered in a locked suitcase that was hidden in an attic for 70 years.

Source: The Daily Mail - December 2, 2013

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Art Daily
$1.3 Billion in Art Looted by Nazis Found in Apartment

MUNICH, GERMANY - Paintings valued at $1.3 Billion have been found hidden behind tins of rotting food in an old apartment. The art had been seized by the Nazis in the 1930s and thought to have been destroyed.

Source: The Daily Mail - November 3, 2013

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Art Daily
$5.9 Million for Rare Carved Figure Found in Attic

HUDSON, NEW YORK, USA - A carved Fabergé Imperial figure discovered in a Rhinebeck New York attic, has sold for $5.2 million. The sale far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of $500,000 - $800,000.

Source: Art Daily - October 30, 2013

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E Online
Girl Finds Diamond Worth Up-To $30,000

ARKANSAS, USA - A fourteen year old girl has found a 3.85 carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park. The Diamond is thought to be worth up to $30,000.

Source: E Online - October 23, 2013

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Antiques Trade Gazette
Book Found in Box May Fetch $162,000

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - A book discovered in a box during a valuation of a home's contents is a rare 18th century manuscript. It's expected to fetch $162,000 (£100,000).

Source: Antiques Trade Gazette - September 23, 2013

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Huffington Post
$5 Million in Treasure Hidden in Rocky Mountains

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, USA - An eccentric millionaire has hidden a treasure chest filled with ancient artifacts, gold nuggets and precious jewels. It's valued at $5 million, and he's giving out clues.

Source: Huffington Post - September 17, 2013

Daily Mail
James Bond Car Bought For $100, Fetches $865,000

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, USA - A man found James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car from the 1977 film 'The Spy Who Loved Me' in a storage unit he purchased for $100. The car has sold for $865,000.

Source: Daily Mail - September 10, 2013

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Daily Mail Van Gogh Painting Worth Millions Discovered in Attic

NORWAY - A rare painting found in an attic where it had stored for more than a century has recently been authenticated. The painting, by Vincent Van Gogh, is thought to be worth tens-of-millions of dollars.

Source: Daily Mail - September 9, 2013

CNN
Tiny Painting bought for $46, may get $390,000

CANTERBURY, ENGLAND - A postcard-sized painting bought for $46, and left in a drawer for a decade, has been identified by TV's Treasure Detectives as work by John Constable worth more than $390,000.

Source: CNN - September 3, 2013

Daily Mail
$300,000 in Sunken Treasure found by Family

FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA, USA - A treasure hunting family has discovered $300,000-worth of gold chains and coins, believed to be from a 1715 Spanish shipwreck off the Florida coast.

Source: Daily Mail - September 3, 2013

Huffington Post
$15 Necklace from Flea Market may fetch $300,000

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA - A rare Alexander Calder Necklace that was purchased at a flea market for $15, is expected to fetch as much as $300,000.

Source: Huffington Post - August 16, 2013

Canada.com
Rare Stamp Bought for $5... May Be Worth $1 Million

USA - A rare Canadian postage stamp, was reportedly purchased for $5 earlier this year by a U.S. collector. Experts say the stamp could be worth as much as $1 million.

Source: Canada.com - August 10, 2013

Las Vegas Sun
Gold Hoard Found in Garage Fetches $6.7 Million

CARSON CITY, NEVADA, USA - A mysterious gold hoard, discovered in the garage of a deceased Nevada recluse, has fetched a total of $6.7 million at auction, after the second-half of the coins were sold.

Source: Las Vegas Sun - August 7, 2013

Bloomberg
$36 Million in Silver Bullion Found in Shipwreck

SW OF GALWAY, IRELAND - A deep-sea salvage company has found 61 tons of silver bullion in a World War II shipwreck, three miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. The estimated value is $36 million.

Source: Bloomberg - July 22, 2013

The Telegraph
$150,000 Expected for Chinese Vases Found in Home

POOLE HARBOUR, DORSET, UK - A pair of five-foot-tall Vases, recently discoved in a home, have been identified as a rare Chinese antiques. They're expected to fetch over $151,000 (£100,000) at auction.

Source: The Telegraph - July 17, 2013

Daily Mail
Divers Discover Shipwreck Coins Worth $250,000

FLORIDA, USA - Divers discovered gold coins valued at $250,00 at a shipwreck site off the East Coast of Florida. In total, 48 gold coins were found, with each coin thought to be worth $4,000 each.

Source: Daily Mail - July 15, 2013

Daily Mail
$150 Box Used As 'TV Stand' Fetches $9.4 Million

SOUTH KENSINGTON, UK - A wood storage box purchased for $150 (£100) in 1970, then used as a TV stand, was identified as a rare Japanese antique, and sold for $9.4 Million (£6.3 Million).

Source: Daily Mail - July 10, 2013

Portsmouth News
Treasure Hunter Finds $18,000 Medieval Ring

HAMPSHIRE, UK - A treasure hunter armed with a metal detector, discovered a 24-carat gold ring believed to have ties to William the Conqueror. The ring sold for $18,000 (£12,000).

Source: Portsmouth News - July 2, 2013

Daily Mail
$38 'Bond Watch' from Flea Market Fetches $159,000

UK - James Bond's geiger counter wristwatch (prop) from the movie Thunderball, was found at a UK flea market (car boot sale). The watch, purchased for $38 (£25) sold at auction for $159,000 (£103,875).

Source: Daily Mail - May 21, 2013

The Queanbeyan Age
Unique $4 Cup from Thrift Shop Gets $75,000

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - A man bought unique looking cup in a thrift shop for $4. The cup turned out to be a 17th century Chinese "Libation Cup" made from rhinoceros horn. It sold at auction for $75,000.

Source: The Queanbeyan Age - June 25, 2013

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Comic Found-in-Wall of Old House Fetches $175,000

HOFFMAN, MINNESOTA, USA - A man bought an abandoned home for $10,000 then found a rare 1938 Superman Comic Book hidden in a wall during the homes remodel. The Comic fetched $175,000.

Source: WhatSellsBest.com - June 11, 2013

Auction News Network
$1 Million in Coins Fall From Attic During Remodel

LES RICEYS, FRANCE - 497 Gold Coins fell from the ceiling of an old barn a workman was renovating. The coins are expected to fetch $1 Million, and French law entitles the workman to half the proceeds.

Source: Auction News Network - May 30, 2013

London Evening Standard
$746,000 for Glass Bowl Found on Mantel

LONDON, UK - A rare 2,500-year-old Persian Bowl, which unknowingly rested as a nice glass mantelpiece in a family's home for 60-years, has fetched $746,000 (£481,250) auction.

Source: London Evening Standard - May 2, 2013

The Daily Mail
$844,000 for Doorstep Discovered at Bungalow

DEVON, UK - An ancient Buddhist artifact found at a bungalow, where it was being used as a doorstep, has fetched a family $844,000 (£553,250) auction.

Source: The Daily Mail - April 23, 2013

Auction News Network
$212,500 for Old Flag Found in Trunk

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, USA - A man found an thirteen-star U.S. flag in an old trunk belonging to his great-grandfather. The 18th century flag has fetched $212,500 at auction.

Source: Auction News Network - April 18, 2013

Kotaku.com
$8 Thrift Store Video Game may fetch $15,000

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA - A woman who purchased a rare Video Game at a Goodwill Thrift Store for $8, may fetch up to $15,000 for the game, at auction.

Source: Kotaku.com - April 17, 2013

This Is Kent
$230,000 Expected for Bowl Found in Cupboard

EAST ANGLIA, UK - A couple discovered a rare Chinese Bowl hidden in the back of their of their cupboard. The bowl, dating from 1662 to 1722, is expected to fetch up to $230,000 (£150,000) at auction.

Source: This Is Kent - April 12, 2013

South West News Service
Old Coins Found in Rusting Tool Box Fetch $45,000

DEVON, UK - A small collection of old coins discovered in a rusty tool box, has fetched $45,000 (£30,000) at auction. The set included rare coins from the reign of Queen Victoria and King George V.

Source: South West News Service - April 4, 2013

Paul Fraser Collectibles
Fragment of Francis Bacon Painting Fetches $41,500

GUILDFORD, SURREY, UK - An amateur artist's paintings found with fragments of works by Francis Bacon hidden on the back of his canvases. One of the top (painting) fragments fetched $41,500.

Source: Paul Fraser Collectibles - March 22, 2013

Los Angeles Time
$3 Garage Sale Bowl Fetches $2.2 Million

NEW YORK, USA - A rare Chinese bowl purchased at a garage sale for $3, has sold for $2.2 Million at an auction. The bowl, from the Northern Song Dynasty is dated between the years 960 and 1127.

Source: Los Angeles Times - March 20, 2013

Antiques Trade Gazette
Buried Statue Found in Garden, Fetches $52,000

MIDLAND, UK - A statue found buried in a garden's undergrowth, recently fetched $52,000 (£35,000) at auction. The statue was by a skilled craftsmen known for making gates for Buckingham Palace.

Source: Antiques Trade Gazette - March 19, 2013

CBS New York
$30 Million in Art Discovered by Home Buyer

BELLPORT, NEW YORK, USA - After purchasing a cottage (reportedly for around $300,000) a man discovers thousands of rare paintings in the homes garage. The collection has been valued at $30 million.

Source: CBS New York - March 7, 2013

Paul Fraser Collectibles
Vases Found in Home May Fetch $1.5 Million

OKLAHOMA CITY, USA - A pair of rare Russian Vases discovered in a home where they had been overlooked for years, are expected to fetch $1.5 million at auction.

Source: Paul Fraser Collectibles - February 26, 2013

The Daily Mail
$880,000 Plate Precariously Hanging on Cottage Wall

SOMERSET, UK - A rare 16th century Italian plate, found hanging by a flimsy wire behind a door in a cottage, has fetched $880,000 (£567,000) at auction.

Source: The Daily Mail - February 15, 2013

Time Colonist
Card bought for $100 at Yard-Sale Fetches $92,000

BAILEYVILLE, MAINE, USA - A man who bought an hodgepodge of items at a rummage sale for less than $100, was surprised to discover an 1865 baseball card that fetched $92,000 at auction.

Source: Times Colonist - February 6, 2013

The Daily Mail
Roman Coffin Used As Flower Planter Worth $157,000

NORTHUMBERLAND, UK - An ancient Roman Coffin (found) being used as a flower planter (see another similar/recent discovery below) has been valued at $157,000 (£100,000).

Source: The Daily Mail - January 30, 2013

North Devon Gazette
'Old Cup' Discovered in Cupboard May Fetch $31,000

NORTH DEVON, UK - A Cup, found in a cupboard and thought to be 'brass,' turned out to be a solid-gold horse racing trophy from South Africa (1931). It's expected to fetch as much as $31,000 (£20,000).

Source: North Devon Gazette - January 30, 2013

International Business Times
Coin Found in Matchbox Sells for $353,000

SALISBURY, UK - A rare coin discovered in a matchbox during a house cleaning, has fetched $353,000 at auction. The rare U.S. half-cent coin is an exceptional example of one, of the 1,400 minted.

Source: International Business Times - January 24, 2013

The Huffington Post
$300,000 Gold Nugget found with Metal Detector

BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA - An Australian Man has discovered a twelve-pound Gold Nugget using a handheld metal detector. Based on today's gold prices, by weight the nugget is valued at $300,000.

Source: The Huffington Post - January 17, 2013

The Huffington Post
Man Finds $50,000 Violin in Trash

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, USA - A man who retrieved an old violin from the trash, brought it to (PBS) Antiques Roadshow and was surprised to learn the violin was valued at $50,000.

Source: The Huffington Post - January 8, 2013

The Daily Mail
Coin Discovered in Drawer Sells for $475,000

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT, UK - A woman clearing out her late husband’s chest of drawers has discovered an old coin stashed away among his clothes. The coin sold for $475,000 (£296,160).

Source: The Daily Mail - December 6, 2012

eBay Website
Woman Buys $9,000 Lithograph at Goodwill for $12

MILWAUKIEE, WISCONSIN, USA - A woman paid $12.34 for a print at a Goodwill thrift store in Milwaukee. Later she found out it was a lithograph by the American artist Alexander Calder worth $9,000.

Source: TwinCities.com - December 2, 2012

CoinNews.net
Coin Found in Potato Field Fetches $430,000

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, USA - An extremely rare early American coin (dated 1652) discovered in a Long Island potato field with a metal detector (in 1991) has fetched $430,000 at auction.

Source: The Daily Mail - November 23, 2012

Paul Fraser Collectibles
$6 Catalog found at Flea Market, Fetches $34,694

PARIS, FRANCE - A rare catalog bought for $6 at a Paris Flea Market earlier this year, has fetched $34,694 at auction.The catalog made by a group of German artist in 1912, is thought to be one of a kind.

Source: Paul Fraser Collectibles - November 22, 2012

The Telegraph Vase Discovered in House Fetches $4.7 Million

YORKSHIRE DALES, UK - An antique Chinese vase that was discovered during a routine family house clearance, has fetched $4.7 Million (£3 Million) at auction.

Source: The Telegraph - November 16, 2012

The York Press
Coin Found Near Bridge May Collect $95,000

STAMFORD, UK - Two treasure-hunters say they have found a coin in a field near a Stamford Bridge (with a metal detector) that could bring at least $95,000 (£60,000)

Source: The York Press - November 16, 2012

Daily Mail
Novice Treasure Hunter Finds $161,000 in Coins

ST ALBANS, HERTFORDSHIRE, UK - A novice treasure hunter who purchased an entry level metal detector, has discovered a Roman Coin Hoard that could be worth $161,000 (£100,000).

Source: Daily Mail - October 16, 2012

BBC
Sarcophagus Found Under Bush Fetches $154,000

DORCHESTER, DORSET, UK - A 2000 year old Roman Sarcophagus discovered abandoned under bushes in a backyard garden, has fetched $154,000 (£96,000) at auction.

Source: BBC - October 8, 2012

WHDH TV
Junk Hauler Finds 1970's Bonds Worth $114,000

MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA - A Junk Hauler discovers an envelope filled with 1970's U.S. Savings Bonds valued at $114,000 during a haul-away job, then does something amazing.

Source: WHDH TV - October 8, 2012

eBay Website
Found Beatles Record Fetches $17,438 on eBay

DAGENHAM, UK - A rare Beatles record, accidentally discovered during a house move, has fetched $17,348 on eBay. The treasure was nearly given away before its before it's owner recognized the value.

Source: WhatSellsBest.com - October 4, 2012

The Province
Rare Chairs Found in Church Fetch $758,000

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - Two 17th-century Ming chairs discovered in a Canadian Church where they sat unnoticed for 20 years, have fetched for $758,500 for the impoverished parish.

Source: The Province - September 12, 2012

The Guardian
Lalique Vase Discovered in Attic brings $450,000

MORPETH, UK - A rare 1922 Lalique vase discovered hidden- away in an attic during a probate valuation, recently fetched $450,000 (£280,000) at auction.

Source: The Guardian - September 12, 2012

Morning Sentinel
Man Discovers $72,000 Baseball Card in Old Trunk

KENNEBUNK, MAINE, USA - A man who found an old trunk, full of papers, has been informed that a baseball card discovered in the contents has been valued at $72,000.

Source: Morning Sentinel - August 29, 2012

LA Times
Car Found in Barn Fetches $11 Million

CONNECTICUT, USA - An extremely rare 1936 Mercedes was discovered in a barn by a legal team sorting out the estate of a German Baroness. The car fetched $11.77 million at auction.

Source: Los Angeles Times - August 20, 2012

The Huffington Post
Found Farmhouse Painting May Fetch $150 Million

SCOTLAND - An old painting discovered in a Scottish farmhouse, is thought to be by Leonardo da Vinci and potentially worth $150 million (£100 million).

Source: The Huffington Post - August 7, 2012

The Huffington Post
Man Buys $546,000 Handbag for $31 at Charity Shop

KINGSTON, UK - An englishman who purchased a handbag in a charity shop for $31 (£20) is surprised to learn it's valued up to $546,000 (£350,000).

Source: The Huffington Post - July 13, 2012

The Salt Lake Tribune
Million-Dollar Baseball Card Collection, Found in Attic

TOLEDO, OHIO, USA - A man who picked up a cardboard box under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather’s attic, may have discovered a multi-million-dollar (baseball card) treasure trove.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune - July 10, 2012

BBC
Metal Detector Enthusiast Find $15 Million Coin Trove

JERSEY, UK - Two english metal detector enthusiasts have discovered up to $15 million (£10 million) worth of Roman and Celtic coins after 30 years of searching.

Source: BBC - June 26, 2012

Auction News Network
Coin Discovered in Book Worth $2 - $4 Million

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA - A coin found glued to a page of a souvenir book in a bookstore is expected to sell for between $2-$4 million at auction.

Source: Auction News Network - May 17, 2012

CBC
Man Buys $110,000 Painting for $100, at Garage Sale

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - A painting purchased for $100 by man at a garage sale, believed to be the work of iconic Canadian artist Tom Thomson sold at auction for $110,000.

Source: CBC - May 16, 2012

Antiques Roadshow
Woman's $50 Estate Sale Find May Be Worth $45,000

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA - A rare 1700's Map of New York purchased for $50 by a woman attending an Estate Sale is valued between $35,000 - $45,000.

Source: PBS Antiques Roadshow - April 30, 2012

The Huffington Post
$5 Garage Sale Find Valued at $2 Million

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA - A very early Andy Warhol Sketch was purchased for $5 by a man attending a garage sale. The sketch has been valued as high as $2 Million.

Source: The Huffington Post - April 3, 2012

Kovels
$3 Thrift Store Buy Fetches $190,000

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA - An 81-year-old former antiques dealer purchased a painting at a Thrift Store for $3. The painting later sold at auction for $190,000.

Source: Kovels - March 12, 2012

BBC
$156,000 Belt Buckle Discovered with Metal Detector

SCOTLAND - A rare 'Cricket' belt buckle was found by a man with with his metal detector on holiday in Scotland. The buckle is expected to fetch $156,000 (£100,000).

Source: BBC - January 16, 2012