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Unclaimed property auction takes place Saturday

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Saturday is your day to make a grab for what could be millions in unclaimed property.

The auction is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to participate. It will be held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.

The auction is open to the public and there are no restrictions on who can register to bid (see Other Registration Information/Requirements below).

There are approximately 436 lots consisting of an estimated 76,224 items.

These items were sent to the state as part of Florida's Unclaimed Property law, from safe deposit boxes in banks and credit unions.

If the owner of the safe deposit box fails to pay the rental fee, the financial institution will drill the box and remove its contents. If the owner cannot be located, the contents are sent to the Florida Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Unclaimed Property.

The Bureau then uses various means to attempt to notify the owner of his/her unclaimed property, including media, Internet, and database searches.


Multiple coin collections, silverware (real silver), foreign money, gold Krugerrands, gold Sovereigns, jewelry, baseball cards collections, arrowheads, baseballs, stamp collections, Civil War documents signed by a Naval Officer (not authenticated), Civil War documents signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy under President Abraham Lincoln and much more are available to bid on. The auction starts at 10 am Saturday and runs until all items are gone.

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