More than 900 items found in abandoned safe deposit boxes will be auctioned off beginning next week by the state Treasurer’s Office.
Treasurer Don Stenberg has announced an online auction will be held on eBay, beginning at 10am Central Time, Monday, September 25th. It will run through October 5th.
Items to be auctioned include coins, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and even an old film of Husker football estimated to be from the 1930s or 40s.
Stenberg explains his Unclaimed Property Division is running out of space and the items must be sold to make room.
“I wanted to make sure everyone understands that the money raised from the sale of these items in this auction will be held
for the owner or the heirs in perpetuity,” Stenberg tells reporters gathered at a news conference in his office with various items on display. “So, although the property will have been sold, the value of that property is still available to the rightful owner if they can be located or come forward.”
The last auction conducted by the Treasurer’s Office in 2012 pulled in nearly $15,000.
This time, 940 appraised lots will be auctioned off with a total appraised value of $56,000.
“I look at these things through the eyes of someone who is an appraiser, who has been a collector, and I have bought, sold, traded a high percentage of whatever it is we see in front of us today in the way of jewelry, sports memorabilia, pocket watches, wrist watches, lots and lots of coins, currency, and just the grand variety of what we have here,” Tom Bassett, an independent appraiser from Lincoln says.
Among the items which will be put up for sale on eBay include pre-1950 Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars, Meerschaum-type Figural Smoking Pipes, a set of 11 sterling silver spoons, a set of 11 sterling silver forks, a pre-1880 Tole Painted Metal Box, antique silver cigar case, Marquise-cut three-quarter carat diamond ring, Roger Maris 1961 baseball card, silk WWII Japanese flag, 1931 Masonic Medal, even a 1914 marriage certificate.
And, then, there is a large, round metal container labeled “old film.”
“So, we take it apart and hold it up to the light and there’s football players running all over the place there and we keep on spreading, spreading, spreading, and it appears to us that it’s probably a film that was taken in Memorial Stadium very likely in the late 1930s, possibly as late as the early 40s,” Bassett tells reporters.
Items will not be sold unless the bid at least equals the appraised value of the items.