May 23, 2007 in Nation/World

Airport auction offers an eclectic mix

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

MADRID, Spain – More than 20,000 things people left on planes and at airports, including a wedding dress and a pair of rudimentary stilts, were auctioned off Tuesday as Madrid’s airport cleared out its lost-and-found department.

The tokens of travelers’ forgetfulness included 6,330 books, 664 toys, 1,570 audio or video gadgets, 38 cartons of cigarettes, several surfboards, a bass guitar, a wedding dress and a pair of stilts with sneakers on the bottom, an Iberia official said.

Spain has held the auctions twice a year since 1942. Proceeds go to the government’s Development Ministry.

Neither Iberia Airlines, the national flagship carrier, nor the ministry had a figure for how much money was raised.


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