Abandoned safe deposit boxes auction generates more than $285K

An auction Wednesday of the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes generated more than $285,000, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller said.
From Staff Reports Modified: December 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm •  Published: December 20, 2013

Wednesday's state auction of the contents of about 750 abandoned safe deposit boxes raised more than $285,000, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday.

Miller said the auction made room in the treasurer's vault for the storage of more unclaimed property. Proceeds will be held in trust for the owners or their heirs.

Among the more interesting items, a box containing gold bullion sold for $8,700, the treasurer said in a news release. A Mickey Mantle-autographed baseball garnered $400. Six silver bars weighing more than 37 pounds sold for $11,000, and a collection of 67 class rings raised $19,000.

About 400 people registered to bid at the auction at Dakil Auctioneers in Oklahoma City. It lasted nearly eight hours.

“We had a very successful auction,” Miller said. “Our focus now returns to reuniting Oklahomans with their lost money. We're holding more than $500 million for one-in-four Oklahomans and we'd like to get it back to the rightful owners.”

Online: Dakil Auctioners
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