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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: - December 2, 2012
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

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

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: - 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

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

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

$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

$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