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Underestimated Items That Turned Out To Be Worth A Fortune

Saturday, Aug 22, 2020, 10:12 am

1.Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

You know those annoying pieces that really hurt your feet when you step on them, but build amazing structures? You got it, we're talking about Legos. However, the next time your kid doesn't clean up the mess, think about this. The Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle 4757 is now worth $1,105.05.

2.Original Furby

When the Furby first came out in 1998, it was a toy promoted during the holiday season. Forty million Furbies were sold in the first three years. This toy that cost at most $19.99 is now worth $500, unused and in the package. Did you save your Furby?

3.John Constable Painting

Robin Darvel purchased a box full of items for $46 at an auction, keeping the box for ten years before passing it onto his sone, Robin Jr. Inside the box was a postcard sized framed piece of art, that Robin Jr. decided to investigate. Turns out that the painting, called "The Lock," was one of the most expensive British paintings, selling for $34.8 million dollars at Christie's Auction House in London.

4.Pizza Parlor Cabinet

A $1.6 million dollar 17th century cabinet found in a pizza parlor? Yep, that's right. The Roman baroque piece was found just outside the restroom in the restaurant in Yorkshire, England. Pairing it with its top half, which depicts the Pope blessing the crowd in Rome, was a treasure lost for years.

5.Gold Cup

When a grandfather gave his young grandson an old gold cup, he used it for target practice. Keeping the old cup for years, the seventy year old John Weber decided to have it appraised getting the shock of his life. The 2,300 year old Persian gold cup was worth $99,000, the price it sold for in 2008.


A family from New York purchased a Chinese bowl for $3 at a garage sale and later sold the bowl to Guiseppe Eskenazi, a London dealer, at Sotheby's auction house. The thousand year old bowl was auctioned off for $2.2 million dollars, and is said to be from the Northern Song Dynasty.

7.Old Vase

A brother and sister decided to have an old vase appraised after cleaning out the house of their recently deceased parents. The 18th century Qianlong-dynasty porcelain vase was sold at an auction by the siblings for $85 million dollars, and the sister nearly passed out from the excitement.


8.Andy Warhol Original Sketch

When Andy Fields bought five paintings from a garage sale in Las Vegas in 2010, he never imagined that his $5 purchase would include an original early Andy Warhol sketch hiding behind one of the paintings. The sketch of Rudy Vallee is signed by Andy Warhol and is worth $2 million dollars.

9.Coca Cola Stock Certificate

Tony Marohn purchased a box of documents at a garage sale for $5 in 2008. At home, he inspected the box, finding a 1917 stock certificate for 1,625 shares in the Palmer Union Oil Company. Upon further investigation, he found that Palmer Union had merged with a company that later merged with Coca Cola, and his shares were worth $130 million dollars.


10.Jackson Pollock Painting

Seventy three year old Teri Horton, a former long haul truck driver living in California, was in a thrift shop when she purchased a painting for a measly $5. She bought the painting for a friend, but it turned out to be too large and she put it outside at a yard sale she was having. A local art teacher spotted it and Teri agreed to have a forensic specialist look at it, who later confirmed by a fingerprint that it was indeed and authentic Jackson Pollock painting. Teri was offered $9 million dollars from a buyer in Saudi Arabia, but turned it down, asking for no less than $50 million dollars.

11.Garage Sale Ansel Adams Photo

Rick Norsigian loved bargain hunting and rummaging through garage sales. Purchasing two boxes for $45 at a garage sale ten years ago, he kept the boxes under his pool table. Unbeknownst to him, the boxes contained 65 negatives of photographs taken by Ansel Adams. Believed to have been destroyed in a 1937 darkroom fire before Adams became well known. The negatives are now worth at least $200 million dollars.


12.TV Stand Seventeenth Century Japanese Box

In 1970, the largest of two seventeenth century Japanese Mazarin golden chests was thought to be lost. Anxious to bring the box back to the Victoria & Albert Museum with the smaller box, they searched everywhere for it, but a French engineer had purchased it for $160. He was using it as a TV stand for sixteen years, then used it as a bar when he later moved. In 2013, when he was ready to move again, he called upon auction specialist Phillippe Rouillac to appraise his estate, and to everyone's surprise it sold at auction for $9.5 million dollars.


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