We’ve all had to move at one time or another in our lives. The one thing that pretty much everyone can relate to, is the shocking discovery of how much useless crap you can collect and put in the most ridiculous places.
Apparently, it’s not just useless things that get put in forgotten hellholes. Some hidden gems are often found after years and years of seemingly disappearing from the face of the Earth. The good news is, they’ll probably be worth a whole lot more when they do turn up.
Let’s take a look at some of these hidden treasures found in the weirdest of places.
Babe Ruth baseball glove in Norway
A 75-year-old Norwegian owner of an apartment building found an old chest while cleaning out his storage. The chest had probably been closed for decades, holding an assortment of valuable sporting goods inside.
Among the baseballs, chest protectors and what-have-you, a baseball glove was found that was apparently a Draper and Maynard glove. It fetched a nice $11,600 at auction.
Francisco de Goya’s bullfighting etchings in a French castle
Found behind a library shelf in a French castle, a 33-part set of Francisco de Goya’s bullfighting etchings was sold on auction to an anonymous bidder. He paid $530,000 for the entire set. They were made in the early 1800s, using dark umber ink on handmade paper.
Nazi memorabilia in Buenos Aires
There’s a lot of rumors that high-ranked Nazi officers fled to South America after World War II, and this one isn’t helping. About 75 original Nazi artifacts were found in a suburban home just outside Buenos Aires.
A 3000-year-old prosthetic toe in Luxor, Egypt
So yeah, apparently toe prosthetics have been around for a lot longer than we thought. This was discovered in 2017 in the tomb of a priest’s daughter, so it’s safe to assume the regular plebs didn’t have access to this medical technology.
It’s very fair to assume that this prosthetic is the oldest of its kind.
A $10 million Jackson Pollock in an Arizona attic
I don’t understand Jackson Pollock and I don’t understand why his work is worth so much money, but an Arizona family could probably care less about that. They found a $10 million painting in their attic. No matter how much you like me, my opinion of Pollock’s work isn’t worth $10 million. Maybe like, a tenner.
Unworn 124-year-old Levi’s in Arizona
I’ve no idea why old jeans are a thing, let alone an expensive thing. Jock Taylor from Arizona inherited this pair of pants, probably dating back to the pre-1900 era. Again, this is just a pair of vintage denim pants, but it’s worth a whopping $80,000. That’s a lot of pants money.
Hundreds of packs of unopened baseball cards in a Tennessee attic
You know how some people are obsessed with baseball cards? Well, some guy from Tennessee found a bunch of them from the 1940 – 1960 period, and they’re apparently worth millions.
Millions, you say? Well, each one of those unopened boxes (that holds 24 packs) is worth about half a million. The only cards I can find in my attic are the ones they put the stamps on when you buy a pizza.
Steinway baby grand piano in an Australian garbage dump
Yup, on a garbage dump. Apparently, Steinway baby grand pianos (why call it “baby” when it’s “grand” and vice versa) are worth quite a few dollars. Wil Thomas, a musician, found the still working instrument when he was dumping his garden waste on the site. The $80,000 piano is now being restored by Thomas.
60 rare cars worth millions in France
These cars from the 1930s to the 1950s were found after their owner, who had inherited them from his father, had passed away. The cars include an amazing number of collectible vehicles, like for example a Talbot-Lago owned by Egyptian king Farouk.
They’re currently in anything but a driving condition, but they’re worth restoring for the sheer amount of millions of dollars every car is worth.
A thrift store camera with photos of the Mt. St. Helens eruption
The Mt. St. Helens eruption was seen as the most destructive volcanic eruption in US history. Nearly 60 people died in the 1980 disaster. This year, Kati Dimoff bought a vintage camera in a thrift store that had some undeveloped film in it.
The film was developed and then revealed the explosion of Mt. St. Helen in the background. Talk about a photobomb, am I right?