These Lucky Finds That Made Ordinary People Fabulously Rich

One person's trash is another person's treasure

Sometimes, in amongst a pile of old junk or at a garage sale a few lucky people stumble across amazing items that are worth an entire fortune. While some people spend their whole lives searching for treasure, for others it simply falls into their laps. 


A penny from 1974

Robert Lawrence inherited a collection of coins inside a lunchbox from his father. Inside, he found a penny from 1974. It was first valued at $300, and it was later determined to be made from aluminum. Just 10 such coins had been issued, and the rest were lost. As a result, the penny turned out to be worth $2 million.


 A movie poster

At a market in Summerville, Laura Stoufer bought a copy of a poster for an old movie. When she got home, she realized there was something behind the cardboard base. Inside, she discovered a poster for All Quiet on the Western Front, valued at $20,000.


10. A vintage watch

At a small store in Phoenix, Zac Norris managed to buy a rare vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watch made in 1959 for just $6. Soon after, he sold it for $35,000.


 A baseball card

Bernice Calego was cleaning up at home when she found an old photograph of a baseball team. The entrepreneurial lady put it up for sale on eBay for $10. In the end, Bernice sold it for $75,000 after it was valued by the National Association of Securities Dealers.


The St Albans Hoard

While some people never have any luck for years on end, others hit the jackpot on their first attempt. Wesley Carrington from England bought himself a simple metal detector and discovered 55 golden Roman coins in a forest near St Albans, Hertfordshire, the first time he used it. They were worth $260,000.


The painting Magnolias on Gold Velvet Cloth

Someone from Indiana once bought a painting to hide a hole in their wall. Several years later, while playing a board game, they discovered a card showing the exact same image. Inviting an expert over to check, this lucky person discovered that they were the owner of a previously unknown painting by Martin Johnson Heade, worth $1.2 million.

 Vincent van Gogh’s Vase With Red Poppies





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