The state Commerce Department is auctioning more than 400 items — everything from pendants and bracelets to pocket watches and Morgan silver dollars — abandoned in safe-deposit boxes.
Scheduled to begin Sept. 1, the two-week online auction features items from bank safe-deposit boxes where the lease for the box has expired.
Commerce is required by law to conduct auctions at least every 10 years — the most recent was in 2019. An owner or heir can submit a claim for the proceeds even after the auction is over.
“This auction of unclaimed safe-deposit boxes offers Minnesotans the opportunity to discover potential treasurers or connect with history through the mementoes of other eras,” said Jacqueline Olson, the senior director for unclaimed property, in a statement.
Items up for bid next month include gold and silver rings as well as topazes and other gems. Watches and pocket watches will be auctioned along with old coins including a gold U.S. dollar from 1853 and a silver U.S. coin from 1852.
A variety of baseball cards will be up for bid, as well, featuring Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Pete Rose and rookie cards for Johnny Bench, Roger Clemens and Ken Griffey Jr.