Treasurer Goldberg Announces Latest Unclaimed Property eBay Auction

October 26, 2015

Properties To Be Showcased Across The State Starting Monday, October 26th In Boston

 

BOSTON — Treasurer Deborah Goldberg today announced that her office will be displaying select items from the Unclaimed Property Division that will soon be auctioned on eBay.com.  The items will first be displayed at the State House in Boston on Monday, October 26th,and will subsequently be shown in South Yarmouth, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester, all leading up to the online auction starting on Saturday, October 31th.

 

“We are excited to showcase these items in different regions across the state,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “The Unclaimed Property Division’s eBay offerings are a proven success for maximizing revenue for the Commonwealth. This year’s auction is gearing up to be another big hit.”

 

The traveling showcase, which represents only a portion of the lots up for bid, will include items such as gold, silver, jewelry, collectible currency and high-end wristwatches.  The vast majority come from abandoned safe deposit boxes with contents that have gone unclaimed for a period of at least nine years.  

   

The times and locations for the display are as follows:

  • Monday, October 26th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – State House Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.

  • Tuesday, October 27th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Irish Village Cape Cod, 822 MA-28, South Yarmouth, MA.

  • Wednesday, October 28th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Massachusetts State Lottery offices, 200 Theodore Rice Blvd, New Bedford, MA.

  • Thursday, October 29th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Springfield State Building, 436 Dwight St., Springfield, MA.

  • Friday, October 30th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Worcester State Lottery Office, 151 West Boylston Drive, Worcester

This is the tenth time that the Commonwealth has used eBay to liquidate its unclaimed tangible property holdings.  Prior to that, the Treasury held a live auction for such items, a process that was far less profitable because of its limited reach to potential bidders. Since November 2005, the eBay auction has raised $2,138,834.40 for the state’s General Fund through the sale of 8,377 separate bid lots.

 

On Saturday, October 31st at noon, 100 lots will be posted on eBay for bid, followed by a gradual release of additional items over the course of two months.  In all, the Treasury expects to put between 1,200 and 1,500 lots out to bid, which can be viewed by using the eBay seller ID “mass.state.treasury.”

 

Goldberg said that the Treasury needs to regularly liquidate older portions of its tangible property holdings due to storage constraints and logistical needs.  She noted that if an individual or their heirs later prove that a piece of sold property belonged to them, they will be fully compensated the sale price of the item. 

The Treasury also maintains a comprehensive list of approximately $2 billion in unclaimed monetary property, such as stock, insurance payments, and unclaimed bank accounts.  Individuals can search to see if they own such property at www.findmassmoney.com  or by calling 1-(888)-344-MASS.

 

Please Note:

 

Members of the media will have an advanced opportunity to view and film items at each of the five locations one hour prior to the lots being opened to public viewing.  The locations and times are as follows:

  • Monday, October 26th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – State House Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.

  • Tuesday, October 27th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Irish Village Cape Cod, 822 MA-28, South Yarmouth, MA.

  • Wednesday, October 28th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Massachusetts State Lottery offices, 200 Theodore Rice Blvd, New Bedford, MA.

  • Thursday, October 29th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Springfield State Building, 436 Dwight St., Springfield, MA.

  • Friday, October 30th from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Worcester State Lottery Office, 151 West Boylston Drive, Worcester, MA.

###

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

MEDIA CONTACTS

Alethea Harney

Communications Director

(617) 367-9333 x241

alethea.harney@tre.state.ma.us

Archive
Please reload

Follow Us
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Flickr Social Icon

At the Treasury

Contact

Social

Office of the State Treasurer

State House, Room 227

Boston, MA 02133

Administrative Office

1 Ashburton Place, 12th Floor

Boston, MA 02108

(617) 367-6900

  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Flickr Social Icon