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Safe deposit ‘treasures’ go on the block

OLYMPIA – Nearly 3,000 items that someone locked away for safekeeping and either forgot about, or forgot to tell anyone else about,  will be auctioned off this week for the state Department of Revenue.
From gold coins and jewelry to baseball cards and arrowheads, items valued by someone were found in safe deposit boxes whose owners have either died or moved, and the bank couldn’t track down. The banks turned the contents over to the department, which spent more time trying to find the owner before placing them in the latest “Lost Treasures” Auction Wednesday and Thursday.
The catalog for the auction reads a bit like the lineup for an upcoming episode of “Antiques Roadshow”: An autographed Michael Jordan baseball. A 1846 U.S. Navy powder flask. A carved Ivory cribbage board. A Dick Tracy pocket knife. A First-Day Issue envelope and stamp for the 1946 “Operation Crossroads” atomic bomb test on the Bikini Atoll.
“Anything that fits in a box that people think is important,” Patti Wilson, the department’s unclaimed property operations manager, said Monday….
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To see an online catalog of items in the Lost Treasures Auction,click here.

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