Unclaimed property auction items on display in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Tens of thousands of dollars in unclaimed property were on display in Springfield on Thursday.

It’s been more than 10 years since anyone has laid claim to this property valued at $175,000. Watches, coins, jewelry, and antique currency found in abandoned safe deposit boxes in Massachusetts banks.

It will all soon go up for bid on eBay. The state treasurer’s office has been disposing of unclaimed property this way since 2005, netting some $3 million. On display at the state office building in Springfield, the collection of expensive watches caught the attention of this potential bidder.

“I like vintage watches and there’s a couple of watches, a couple of Omega’s, a Rolex that, I don’t know the exact value, they could be worth a few thousand just itself,” said Oreste Varela of East Longmeadow.

Many prospective bidders browsed the items that were on display for five hours at the state office building Thursday afternoon. Tangible Property Manager James Roy told 22News, he’s fascinated by the potential stories behind these unclaimed coins, collectibles, and jewelry.

“Quite often these items represent somebody’s life story, whether its jewelry like a chain bracelet, that might have little charms from everywhere they’ve gone in the like of a traveler, maybe the birth of a child might be of the gemstones that are the charm bracelet,” said Roy.

Now that this year’s unclaimed property has been displayed across the commonwealth, the eBay bidding begins at noon on Saturday.

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