• Jewelry from unclaimed property vault to be auctioned before Valentine's Day


    PITTSBURGH - A treasure trove of unclaimed goods will soon be put up for auction.

    Rings, gold necklaces and bracelets are among the items in the Pennsylvania Treasury’s unclaimed property vault.

    “They have collectible antique swords and firearms. They have historic documents, including a document signed by Ben Franklin, and on and on the list goes,” said Treasurer Rob McCord.

    More than 300 items will be put up for auction on eBay, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    Morphy Auctions will be selling the most valuable items on February 8th and 9th.  You can place a bid online at www.morphyauctions.com or in person at the auction house in Lancaster County.

    Each year, the Treasury receives millions in unclaimed property.

    The tangible property items, such as the jewelry, coins and collectibles, are kept in the Treasury’s vault for three years before they are auctioned off.

    Proceeds of the auction are then maintained for the owner to claim.

    To date, Treasury’s eBay auction site has generated more than $4.7 million in sales for the Commonwealth since it went live in 2001.                                                                                                                                                                                              

    To participate in an online eBay auction, search for unclaimed property, or learn more about the program, visit www.patreasury.gov.   

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