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From a painting in the trash, to a copy of a famous document, here are top 10 expensive

things found by accident.


Three PeoplePainting

Elizabeth Gibson, from New York, was walking around Manhattan in 2003, when she saw a large,

colorful art piece sitting between two garbage bags in the street.

The painting looked like a modern art piece, and Elizabeth decided to take it home.

She wasnt sure why she decided to take it, because she wasnt all that into modern

art, but according to her own testimony - she felt the painting had a strange power.

Elizabeth Gibson spent the next four years gathering information about the painting,

trying to figure out who it was by and why someone had thrown it away!

Finally, she came across a website where she learnt all about it.

It was an abstract work, done by a Mexican artist, and the name of the painting wasTres

Personajes”, orThree People”.

Turns out it had been stolen 20 years ago from a storage unit and was the subject of

an FBI investigation.

How it got from a Houston storage unit to the streets of Manhattan remains a mystery.

It was auctioned off by the original owner at Sotheby's and was purchased for a staggering


As for Elizabeth Gibson, she got a $15,000 reward, as well as an undisclosed finders

fee from Sotheby's.

Not bad for your casual morning walk to get your coffee in Manhattan, right?

Thats New York for you!


Bathroom Cash When Bob Kitts, a remodeling designer from

Cleveland, Ohio, was hired as a contractor to work on a house, he probably wasnt expecting


While he was tearing down the walls of an 83-year-old home, he discovered lockboxes

hanging inside.

Inside were envelopes filled with cash from the 1920s that amounted to $182,000!

The return address saidP. Dunne News Agency”.

As it turned out, the money belonged to a businessman named Patrick Dunne, who put the

money behind the bathroom walls during the Great Depression.

When he found the money, Bob Kitts decided to share the information with Amanda Reece,

the homeowner and former classmate who had hired him to do the renovation work.

They both agreed that the smartest thing to do would be to have the bills appraised.

Due to the fact that some bills were pretty rare and collectible, the total worth could

be half a million dollars!

But then things went sour.

Amanda offered Bob 10% of the findings, but he wanted 40%.

From then on, both of them, and Patrick Dunnes estate (which includes 21 descendants), have

been involved in legal issues on how to split the money.

They have since all accused each other of leaving threatening messages and of being


The courts have determined that everyone will get a small fraction of the find.

If you had been Bob and had been the one to find the money, what would you have done?


Munich Artworks Considered the greatest art theft in history:

650,000 works were looted from Europe by the Nazis during and after WWII.

In 2010, Cornelius Gurlitt was found acting nervous and suspicious on a train from Zurich

to Munich.

A lot ofblackmoney is taken back and forth on this train and officers are on the

lookout for suspicious passengers.

Cornelius was found in possession of9,000 (which is not illegal) and was flagged for

further investigation.

What they found out was that Cornelius Gurlitt was the son of art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt,

one of the Nazisapproved art dealers.

Hildebrand Gurlitt had managed to gather a large collection from Jewish art dealers and


When he died, all of his belongings were inherited by his son, Cornelius who lived as a recluse.

It was known in society that Gurlitt had a large collection of looted art, but it wasnt

until 2012 that tax authorities managed to get a warrant and came to investigate Gurlitt's


What they found was a surprise!!

Inside were 1,300 pieces of missing art from the period of Nazi rule in Germany.

The majority of art found in this apartment had been considered destroyed, but it was

all hidden in this Munich apartment.

The whole collection was estimated at around one billion euros.

When Cornelius Gurlitt died, the majority of his inherited artwork went to a Swiss museum.

To learn more check out Raiders of the Lost Art on Netflix!

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Hidden Movie Poster Laura Stouffer, a collector and art dealer,

was going through some stuff in a thrift shop when she came across a painting calledShepherd's


This was a painting depicting a dog that found a lamb in the snow.

It was painted somewhere between 1850 and 1880.

Laura, who was an antiques dealer, recognized the painting right away and decided to buy


However, when she brought the painting home, she was in for a surprise.

Beneath the surface of the painting, right between the print and the paper backing, there

was something unexpected.

Laura accidentally found an original poster for the famous film from the 1930s – “All

Quiet on the Western Front”.

How it got there, and why somebody would hide a movie poster behind an old paintingis

a mystery, but the poster was there.

Many old-movie posters have been permanently lost and if you like old movies you will definitely

appreciate this find!

And although its not really worth a fortune, its still pretty valuable.


A Couch Painting In 2007, a German student, whose identity

was not revealed, bought a pullout couch at a flea market in Berlin.

She only paid about $215.

But, as it turned out, the she got more than she bargained for, in a good way!

When she finally got around to unfolding the couch, there was a relatively small oil painting

inside of it.

It was only 10x15 inches (26cm by 39cm) in size, but it turned out to be worth much more

than its small size might indicate!

What it was doing in the couch, we will never know!

The name of the oil painting isPreparation to Escape to Egypt”, and it was painted

somewhere between 1605 and 1620.

The name of the artist is not known, but experts believe that the artist was a close collaborator

of the Venetian painter named Carlo Saraceni.

Thats what the appointed auction house told the public after they had taken a closer


The now famous painting ended up being sold to an anonymous bidder for $27,630over

one hundred times the price of the couch.

Those flea marketsthey can really turn your whole life around!

Have you guys ever had any luck?


Fortune in a Wall

When Jeff Bidelman was cleaning out a familys abandoned home, and helping them look for

items of value, he found himself wading in a pile of coins.

As he was dragging out a bag full of coins, he saw a hole in one of the walls.

The daughter of the deceased homeowner told Jeff that, when she was a child, she would

hear all kinds of stories about treasure hidden inside the walls of their house.

The rumors turned out to be true!

Jeff asked the woman for permission to tear down the wall where the hole was.

Not long after, tons of coins started pouring out!

The coins dated from 1826 to 1964, and included Liberty dimes, which were minted from 1916

to 1945.

But there were also a couple of large pennies, from 1793 to 1857, with the face value of

$20 per coin.

Jeff was asked not to disclose the identity of the family, or the location of their coin-filled

house, in fear of their own safety.

The coins are now placed in a secure location and, although their value is estimated at

around $8,500private collectors will most likely pay much more.

No place like homeespecially when its full of expensive coins!


Cans of Coins One day, a couple living in Northern California

decided to take their dog out for a walk.

While strolling, they noticed some shiny objects on the ground, and decided to dig them out.

Eventually, they dug out eight metal containers full of coins.

But they werent any old coinsthey were all 19th century coins, in denominations

of 5, 10 and 20 dollars.

The couple ended up with close to 1500 coins, and almost all of which were in mint condition,

plusmost of them had never even been in circulation.

The coins were estimated at $27,000, but Don Kagin, who is a veteran numismatist representing

the married couplesaid something amazing.

He believes that some of those coins could be worth much more.

And by much more, he thought - $1 million per coin!

The couple who found the coins decided to stay anonymous, and who could blame them?

The bulk of the coins will be sold on Amazon, but some of them will also be given to the

American Numismatic Association for the National Money Show.

Grab your dog right now, and take it for a walk, peopleyou might strike gold!


Storage Unit Treasure A man in San Jose, who was identified only

as John, decided to bid on a storage unit.

The storage unit was in poor condition, and this John Doe figured it probably wasnt

worth all that much, but he ended up paying $1,100 for the storage unit.

Boy was he in for a surprise!

Before being sold, the storage unit had belonged to an elderly woman.

In it, John found a large collection of old coins, which were pretty rare.

There were also silver bars, tucked away in a container.

Allegedly, the container was so heavy that it took three men to lift it.

The find actually happened during an auction held by American Auctioneers, which is a company

that features on the TV showStorage Wars”.

But this was so unexpected that there were no cameras around at the time.

The treasure was estimated at a value of around half a million dollars!

The investment turned out well for a mystery unit!

Not sure if I would do that myself though, I dont like investing in mystery boxes!


The Declaration of Independence One day, Michael Sparks went into a thrift

shop in Nashville, TN.

Among the things he bought, there was also a pale print of the Declaration of Independence.

He concluded that it was just another reprint of the Declaration.

He paid $2.48 for it and took everything home.

However, curiosity wouldnt let go, and a couple of days laterMichael Sparks

was still thinking about the yellowed reprint he had bought.

He wanted to check whether the copy was a bit older than he had thought at first.

He went online, and did extensive research.

What he found out nearly floored himit turned out that he didnt buy a worthless


He had actually bought one of the 200 original copies of the Declaration of Independence!

These 200 copies were commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820.

But in order to make sure, Michael Sparks spent a whole year trying to authenticate

the copy he had bought.

It was determined the copy was indeed one of the original ones, and it was sold for


Another lucky thrift shop find!


Baseball Card in Fresno A 72-year-old lady from California, named

Bernice Gallego, found an old baseball card in her house.

It was a pretty rare baseball card, as it depicted the first professional American baseball

teamthe 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.

On the front side, there was a silver-toned photo print of the whole baseball team.

And on the back, there was an ad, in red and white, for Peck & Snyderthe famous manufacturer

of sports equipment from New York.

Although Bernice had an antique shop in Fresno, she originally wanted to sell the baseball

card online for a measly $10.

She wasnt into baseball at all, and she had never even been to a baseball game.

In her own wordsshe didnt even know that baseball as a game existed back in the

mid-nineteenth century.

And so, she figured that the card wouldnt be worth all that much.

How wrong she was!

When Bernice put the card online, a friend advised her to end the auction as soon as

possible, because the card could be worth a fortune.

And it turned out to be true.

The baseball card ended up being sold for $75,285, and Bernice Gallego even had her

15 minutes of fame by appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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