TOP 10 > Yard Sale Treasures

Eleven Amazing Finds from $92,000 to $200-Million

TOP 10 > Yard Sale Treasures

Top 10 Yard Sale Treasures consist of rare items bought at yard, garage, and rummage sales. The list is illustrative of the amazing finds we've reported, or followed in the news.


#11 - $92,000


Old Baseball Card

$100 BUY YIELDS *91,000%

BAILEYVILLE, MAINE - A man bought a hodgepodge of items at a rummage sale for under $100. Then found an old Baseball Card tucked away in the pile. The card later sold for $92,000 (after auction fees) making a *91,000% return on a $100 investment.

The extremely rare 1865 baseball card is featured in this 2-minute video shared by WMTW News. The story can also be read in the Times Colonist, here.

#10 - $100,000


Pair of Tiny Paintings

$35 BUY YIELDS *285,000%

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - Two small paintings bought by a man at a garage sale for $35, were estimated to be worth up to $100,000 for the pair. Making a *285,000% return possible, on his $35 investment.

The man tells the story of finding the rare paintings by John F. Kensett (1816–1872), in this 2-minute video shared by Twin Cities Public Television. You can also see more on Antiques Roadshow's website, here.

#9 - $125,000


Garage Sale 'Buddha'

$100 BUY YIELDS *124,000%

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - A small bronze Buddha statue, bought by a woman at a garage sale for $100, is estimated to be worth up to $125,000. Making a *124,000% return possible, on her $100 investment.

The antique bronze Buddha, thought to be imperial quality made in the 15-century, can be seen in this 1-minute video produced by What Sells Best, or you can read our full story, here.

 

 


#8 - $133,000


Old Painting Pair

$100 BUY YIELDS *132,000%

VANCOUVER, CANADA - Two paintings bought for $100 by man at a garage sale, fetched a combined total of $133,000 after auction fees. Making a *132,000% return on his $100 investment.

One painting by Tom Thomson (1877-1917) fetched $126,500 while the other by Frederick Varley (1881-1969) brought $7,475. Both paintings can be seen in this 1-minute CBC news video shared by Maynards Fine Art (the auctioneer) or read in the Vancouver Sun, here.

#7 - $150,000


FOLK ART JUG

$50 BUY YIELDS *299,000%

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - A large antique Folk Art jug was picked up by a woman at a yard sale for $50. The latest updated value has been set as high as $150,000. Making her a *299,000% return on a $50 investment.

The woman shares her story of yard sale discovery in this 4-minute video shared by PBS. You can also learn more about it, on Antiques Roadshow's site, here.

#6 - $490,000


Old Card Table

$25 BUY YIELDS *1,900,000%

SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY - Antiques Roadshow reports an antique card table bought for $25 at a yard sale, later sold at a Sotheby's auction for $490,000. The sale made a *1,900,000% return on her $25 investment.

The rare table, labeled by cabinetmakers John and Thomas Seymour (circa 1794) was featured in this 4-minute video shared by PBS. You can also learn more about it, and the sale, on Antiques Roadshow's site, here.

 

 


#5 - $882,500


Flower Painting

$25 BUY YIELDS *3,000,000%

WISCONSIN - A painting similar in style to the one shown below, was purchased by a man at a garage sale for $29, then later sold for $882,500 at Christie's. The sale made a *3,000,000% return on his $29 investment.

TOP 10 > Dumpster Dive Treasures

#4 - $1.2 MILLION


Old Vase

MILLION DOLLAR RETURN

FLORIDA - An old porcelain vase picked up at a yard sale, for an undisclosed price, later fetched $1.2 million at auction.

TOP 10 > Dumpster Dive Treasures

The vase, believed to be an extremely rare Chinese Imperial ceramic, was covered by Auction Central News, here, and in the Antique Trader, here.


#3 - $2.1 MILLION


Hidden Sketch

$5 BUY YIELDS *41,000,000%

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - Andy Fields picked up several paintings at a garage sale for $5. He later found a sketch hidden behind one of the artworks while reframing it. Estimates for the sketch run as high as $2.1 Million. That's a *41,000,000% return on a $5 investment.

The sketch, by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), and Mr. Fields story about finding it, are in this 3-minute video by Channel 4 News. You can also read the story in the Toronto Star here.

#2 - $2.2 MILLION


Old Ceramic Bowl

$3 BUY YIELDS *73,000,000%

NEW YORK - An old decorative ceramic bowl picked up at a garage sale for $3, later sold at a Sotheby's auction for $2.2 Million. That's a *73,000,000% return on a $5 investment.

The bowl, an extremely rare ceramic from the Northern Song Dynasty can be seen in this 2-minute video by ABC News, or read the story in the LA Times, here.

 

 


#1 - $200 MILLION


Box of Vintage Photos

$45 BUY YIELDS *444,000,000%

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA - Rick Norsigian bought two boxes of photo negatives at a garage sale for $45. Experts believe the collection is worth $200 Million. Making a *444,000,000% return from a $45 investment.

The photos, believed to be by Ansel Adams (1902-1984), are featured in this 1-minute video by WYFF News. You can also read the story on CNN here.

*All returns are simple calculations based on highest known sales price, or estimate. Additional cost, time and currency fluctuations are not been factored.