Have a look at the top 10 fantastic treasures that were found in the most unexpected places.
It was during a yard sale, when an art teacher said that the big painting she was trying to get rid of might be a masterpiece created by Jackson Pollock. The lady invited an expert to check the painting and the specialist found out a fingerprint of the artist on the canvas. There were no doubts - Jackson Pollock was the artist.
The owner was approached by an art collector, who offered her $2 million for the painting, yet she refused to sell it saying that she would accept no less than $50 million for it. Well, she still owns the painting…
A man decided to buy an old painting at a flea market in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, in 1989. He paid only $4, hoping that he could use the frame. Once he removed the canvas, he saw a folded paper inside hiding the original copy of the Declaration of Independence, dated 1776.
The unique discovery was announced in 1991 by the head of the book and manuscript department at Sotheby’s, David N. Redden. The buyer remained anonymous. Later the same year, the manuscript was auctioned for $2,420,000 at Sotheby’s.
The largest cache of Roman gold ever found in Britain was discovered by the retired gardener Eric Lawes, while he was scanning a field in Suffolk, England, looking for the lost hammer of his friend. Thus, instead of a hammer, he discovered gold, which he reported to the local authorities. The proper excavation of the treasure resulted in more than 14,000 items such as coins, rings, bracelets, magnificent silver objects, etc.
In November 1993, those Roman findings were valued at £1.75 million, and the sum was paid to Eric Lawes he found the treasure. Today the most valued and beautiful items are on display in the British Museum
The items in the Thracian gold treasure are so rare and of such value that the Bulgarian authorities keep them in the vault of the Bulgarian National Bank. Museums worldwide have sets of excellent copies of the Thracian treasure and often exhibit them.
The experts described the impressive collection as “the biggest and most exciting find in the history of sports card collecting, worth millions.” Several months later the family decided to sell some of the cards during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore and the experts reassured them that the cards might bring up to $2-3 million to Karl and his family.
Recently they came upon a big wooden treasure chest, and even if they filmed the finding, they didn’t record its contents on the video. So, what do you think was inside?
In 1999 the origins of the painting were confirmed by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and offered a good price to the owner. The painting was still in perfect condition and in its original frame. The seller accepted the $1.25 for the painting and the museum displayed the Magnolias.
We see our grandparents as nice people with a lot of free time, but we do not think about the time they were young. That was valid for one family, who decided to clean their grandma’s house but stumbled upon her safe. As they opened it, they found guns and bags packed with money. The coins were worth $15,000. So, was their grandma a bank robber when she was young? No one could tell.