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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
$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

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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: - 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

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

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

San Francisco Chronicle‎
Gold Hoard Discovered in Garage Fetches $3.5 Million

CARSON CITY, NEVADA, USA - A mysterious gold hoard, discovered in the garage of a deceased Nevada recluse, has fetched more than $3.5 million at auction.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - 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

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
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

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

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 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

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



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