Computers, unopened suitcases and artworks are among the items to be sold this Saturday at Miami International Airport's public auction of lost-and-found items.
Auctions are held about twice a year to sell items left behind at the airport.
Among this weekend's items are 500 suitcases, 20 bags of jewelry, 50 laptops, 250 cell phones, two tires for an 18-wheeler and a boat engine.
MIA is one of the busiest airports in the country, with millions of passengers passing through every year.
"They're coming and going, so you don't know what people in this country or any other country carry. They might carry lots of money. I don't know," said auctioneer Paul May, who has been handling the auction for the past 13 years.
People who buy the suitcases could find surprises inside. In the past, buyers have made some valuable finds.
"You won't believe what's in this suitcase. It was $10,000. That's the most we've ever had in any suitcase," May said.
This year's items also include artworks, including an illuminated picture of the Virgin Mary, as well as camcorders, bicycles and walkers. Electronics are the most coveted items, but as with the luggage, buyers never know what they are getting. They cannot test the electronics or open the suitcases before making a purchase.
"We sell them as-is, so there's no guarantees. We sell the suitcases contents unknown. It's like buying a Lotto ticket. You hope you win something," May said.
The auction is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 5600 NW 36th St., Building 845, on the third floor. If you want to preview the items, the doors open at 8:30 a.m.
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