WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — An action sports helmet, a 30-pound dumbbell and a mandolin are just some of the items that were abandoned at the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The annual Allegheny County Airport Authority auction is coming up, and we got an exclusive look at some of the 8,000 items that will be up for bid.
The items were turned in to the lost-and-found and held for 30 days, and if not claimed, they go to auction.
This year, 11 cars were left at the airport.
“The cars are as is. These are cars that were parked in our lot and left behind. And not able to track down the owners. Police in the state were not able to track down the owners,” said Matt Neistein, the public affairs manager at Pittsburgh International Airport.
There are also 300 pieces of electronics ranging from computers to tablets, along with some unusual belongings that travelers didn’t take with them, including a flute, a mandolin, and much more.
“Yeah, our staff gets together, it’s one of our favorite days of the year. They come out here and volunteer and sort through all the items in lost and found,” Neistein said.
It’s one of the few airports across the country that auctions off forgotten items. The money goes to the airport’s charitable foundations.
This is the 12th year for the Allegheny County Airport Authority’s auction.
The auction is being held on Saturday, Oct. 22. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. and bidding begins at 10 a.m.
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