Coins, collectible cards, class rings to be sold
OKLAHOMA CITY – Coin collections, precious metal, collectible cards and more than seven dozen class rings – those are just some of the items from more than 700 abandoned safe deposit boxes scheduled for auction next week in Oklahoma City, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced today.
The contents of the abandoned safe deposit boxes will be auctioned starting at 9 o’clock, Wednesday, December 18th. Registration and inspection will be held the day prior from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The items to be auctioned have been in the custody of the treasurer’s office for several years.
“If you’re looking for some unique Christmas gifts, you’re sure to find something interesting here,” Miller said.
“The owners of these boxes have not come forward to claim their items, so now we have to make room for more property in our vault. However, the money raised from the auction will be held in trust for the owners.”
Miller said a number of rare items have been reunited with their owners.
“Among the items we received was a baseball autographed by Oklahoma baseball greats Mickey Mantle and Tom Sturdivant II, but we were able to find and return the heirloom to its owner – Mr. Sturdivant’s grandson,” he said.
A complete list of auction items has been posted to the treasurer’s web site at www.treasurer.ok.gov. Photos of all items to be auctioned can be viewed at Dakil Auctioneer’s website, www.dakil.com.
The auction will be held at Dakil Auctioneers, 200 N.W. 114th Street, Oklahoma City. The building is located north of Hefner Road on the west side of the Broadway Extension.
The last time an auction of unclaimed property was held was in May 2008. State law requires banks to bring abandoned safe deposit box contents to the treasurer’s office along with the name and last known address of the owners. The contents must be delivered to the state five years after the banks lose track of the owners. The treasurer then advertises the information in newspapers and on the internet.
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For more information contact:
Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications and Program Administration