Pittsburgh International Airport auctions off lost-and-found items

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh International Airport held its 12th annual auction Saturday.

Over 8,000 items were up for bid this year including jewelry, electronics, clothes and even cars.

This year, 11 cars were left behind at the airport. Police tried to contact the owners before the cars were auctioned off, but they were unable to.

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The auction is known for its random assortments of items, like Christmas decorations and musical instruments.

“It’s just fun, people love digging through them, we have some miscellaneous boxes of items that have, maybe 40 jackets in them, and people sift through them, and they want this one, this one, this one, so they buy the whole group of them,” said Joe Pyle of the Joe R. Pyle Auction and Realty Service.

It takes staff at the Pittsburgh Airport more than two days to sort through all the items in the lost and found.

More than 1,000 people participated in the auction last year.

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