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10 Most Valuable Gemstones People Threw Away
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There are plenty of wannabe junk sale millionaires who trawl yard sales, car boot sales and secondhand shops looking for the hidden gem that’ll make them a millionaire.
After all, don’t we often hear that one man’s trash is another’s treasure? Sure, we’ve all heard the stories of fantastically expensive finds people have scooped up for next to nothing yard sales, but these often seem more like urban legends than fact.
There are a few genuinely shocking stories that give hope to every second-hand treasure hunter. The following are 10 examples of people who really took yard sale finds from trash to big cash.
Giant 34kg pearl
This giant pearl could be the biggest ever found in the world and five times larger than the previous record - after being handed in by a fisherman. The man, who has not been identified, found the priceless 34kg gem ten years ago in sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines.
$1 Million Lottery Ticket
After months of spending around $2,000 on scratch-off tickets, the probability of a big win may finally start to swing towards the buyers favor. Kevin Donovan, a Massachusetts mechanic on disability, frequented the White Hen Pantry grocery and did just that. He tossed what he thought was a batch of losers in the trash outside, and Edward St. John, an 83-year-old man with a habit of collecting thrown out scratch-offs, collected the discarded scratchers. One of them was a $1 million winner.
$1 Million “Tres Personajes” Painting
Rubbish sits on the sidewalk of New York City streets on trash days, waiting to be collected. There are black bags, blue bags and stacks of boxes. As Elizabeth Gibson walked by a waiting pile on Broadway, she noticed a 38-by-51 inch painting among the bags. The size of the painting compared to the size of her apartment didn’t deter her, and she took the painting home.
$22,000 of U.S. Savings Bonds
Mike Rogers, an employee at a Burlington, Kentucky, recycling center, was just doing his job in 1971 when he came across some familiar looking papers at the bottom of a barrel.
Two dozen savings bonds purchased by Martha Dobbins had made their way via recycling barrel to Blue Grass Recycling Company.
$16,500 of Rare Antique Mayan Art
Professional movers see a lot of valuable items. When an artist named Clinton Hill and his partner Allen Tran passed away in the SoHo district of New York City, Nick DiMola was paid $4,500 to collect what the families didn’t want. DiMola had apparently heard of the overused saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
$100,000 in $5 and $100 Bills
A tire on the side of a busy highway isn’t an unusual sight. A tire on the side of a busy highway with $5 and $100 bills stuffed inside to the tune of $100,000 is both unusual and highly questionable. Also unusual and highly questionable is the decision by the highway workers not to pocket a few dozen of those Benjamins.
The classical music industry is fraught with high power names and big money. While Giuseppe Pedrazzini may sound like a name that could be found on the back of a Pinocchio toy, it is actually the name of a famous Italian violin maker whose musical instruments can fetch in the tens of thousands of dollars.
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