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State Exhibiting Unclaimed Property for Public Auction

October 13, 2018

BOSTON -- Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced that her office will be exhibiting select items from the Unclaimed Property Division that will soon be auctioned on eBay.com .

The items will first be displayed at the Statehouse on Monday and will subsequently be shown in Cape Cod, Plainville, Springfield, and Worcester, all leading up to the online auction starting on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“We are excited to showcase these items in different regions across the state,” said Goldberg. “The Unclaimed Property Division’s eBay offerings are a proven success for maximizing revenue for the commonwealth. This year’s auction is gearing up to be another big hit.”

The traveling showcase, which represents only a portion of the lots up for bid, will include items such as gold, silver, jewelry, and collectible currency. The majority come from abandoned safe deposit boxes with contents that have gone unclaimed for a period of at least nine years.

Goldberg will host a preview of the auction items to the press at 10 a.m. on Monday in her office at the Massachusetts Statehouse in room 227.

The times and locations for the displays are as follows: Monday, Oct. 15, from noon-5 p.m. -- Statehouse Nurse’s Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston; Tuesday, Oct. 16, from noon-6 p.m. - Irish Village Cape Cod, 822 MA-28, South Yarmouth; Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon-5 p.m. - Plainridge Park Casino, Food Court, 301 Washington St, Plainville (Must be 21 or older to enter gaming floor with valid ID); Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon-5 p.m. - Springfield State Building, Lobby, 436 Dwight St., Springfield; and Friday, Oct. 19, from noon-5 p.m. - Worcester State Lottery Office, 151 West Boylston Drive, Worcester.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, 100 lots will be posted at noon., followed by a gradual release of additional items over the course of two months. In all, we expect to put out around 1,000 lots out to bid which can be viewed by using the eBay seller id “mass.state.treasury.”

The Treasury also maintains a comprehensive list of approximately $3.4 billion in unclaimed monetary property, such as stock, insurance payments, and unclaimed bank accounts. Individuals can search to see if they own such property at www.findmassmoney.com or by calling 1-(888)-344-MASS.

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