Unclaimed Property Auction Set for Orlando

posted by Alan McBride -

The state is holding its second unclaimed property auction of 2017 this weekend in Orlando.

It's also the last such auction slated for this calendar year.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is rolling out the welcome mat for Floridians who want to participate in the event.

The CFO's office says the auction, featuring the sale of nearly 60,000 individual items valued at more than $625,000, is open to the public and will take place on Saturday at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. 

A public preview will be held Friday at the same location, according to the CFO. 

During the preview, Floridians can view and inspect items they may wish to bid on during the auction.

Featured items include a pair of 17.6-carat diamond and platinum earrings, a baseball autographed by members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series winning team, vintage Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra baseball cards, and high-end watches made by Breitling, Cartier and Rolex.

The unclaimed property auction features items from safe deposit boxes that have gone unclaimed for years despite exhaustive efforts to return them to their owners. 

Proceeds from the auction are deposited into the state's education fund. 

Should a property owner discover that he or she owned an item that was auctioned; however, the proceeds from the sale can be claimed any time at no cost. 

For full details about this weekend’s auction, or to search for or claim unclaimed property, visit www.FLTreasureHunt.gov .

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