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Rubies, Rolexes And Rare Coins Up For Auction

State of Florida

The State of Florida is holding a “garage sale” of sorts this Saturday in Tampa. Diamonds, rubies and pearls are among the more than 70,000 items that will be up for bid.

It’s the annual Unclaimed Property Auction and will include featured items like an 18-karat gold Rolex-brand watch, rare coins, vintage jewelry and collectibles like sports trading cards featuring Hank Aaron, Dan Marino and Larry Bird.

A preview of the auction items is open to the public Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa. That’s also the site of the auction Saturday.

The unclaimed property comes from safety deposit boxes at banks that have been untouched for years and the owners could not be located.

Rightful owners do get 100 percent of the proceeds if it’s discovered their property was auctioned. You can view the unclaimed items online at

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