They say another man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Sometimes, that treasure is a real treasure, and you can bet that that first man is pretty upset about the situation. Here are six things that someone threw away and that ended up being worth a fortune.
1. The lost masterpiece
When Elizabeth Gibson saw a painting on the side of the road, she snatched it up before the garbage truck came along to collect it. She researched the painting and eventually discovered that it was a lost masterpiece by Rufino Tamayo, a famous Mexican artist. She sold the painting at an auction for $1 million.
2. The winning lottery ticket
In 2005, a dumpster diver found a lottery ticket that ended up being a $1 million winner. Though he was sued by the original owner and had to give him $140,000, that dumpster dive still goes in the “win” column.
3. Blueprints to the Freedom Tower
Though the 150-page blueprint doesn’t have a monetary value, per say, it could definitely be used by terrorists to wreak havoc. Luckily, the person who found the blueprints in a trashcan was not a terrorist, but a person who knew to turn the documents to the government.
4. A tire stuffed with money
When highway workers were cleaning up, they found a tire stuffed with $100,000. Since drug smugglers commonly use this method to transport money, the workers turned in the tire to the police.
5. A $50,000 violin
A man was looking to see if he could find a violin at a garbage dump, and he did. However, he probably didn’t expect the violin to actually be worth anything. When he took it on the TV show, “The Antiques Roadshow,” he discovered it was worth $50,000 and made by Pedrazzini, one of the best violin-makers of the 20th century.
6. Ancient Mayan artifacts
To be fair, these valuables weren’t exactly “thrown away,” because the original owner died. However, the junk-removal guy who was assigned to clean out the apartment believed the cardboard barrel was trash, and kept it in a warehouse for a few years. Eventually, he opened it to see what was inside, and found over $16,000 worth of Mayan artifacts from the 4th and 6th-century.
If you want to avoid throwing away a fortune, take a second look at the following items you may have lying around. They may hold a lot of value for collectors:
● Old boxes of cereal
● Happy Meal toys
● Vinyl records
● Pokemon cards
● Comic books