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10 Outrageously Valuable Treasures Found In Thrift Stores

Treasure hunting captures the imagination of the young and old across time and place. While it remains the subject of great storytelling, from Treasure Island to Indiana Jones, real treasure hunting i

Treasure hunting captures the imagination of the young and old across time and place. While it remains the subject of great storytelling, from Treasure Island to Indiana Jones, real treasure hunting is the providence of very few people. They are people driven by the lure of attaining the fame and fortune attached to finding something of high value, sometimes as great risk to themselves.

The same powerful force driving most treasure hunters applies to treasure hunters of the modern kind. That is, those that scour the shelves and stalls of local thrift stores and flea markets in search of attaining the same fame and fortune attached to finding of something of high value - but in this instance, at little to no cost. You often see them on popular television shows such as Antiques Roadshow and Flea Market finds.

Make no mistake, their obsession with getting something for nothing often pays off. Sometimes the rewards run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The following are hundred thousand and even million dollar items that people inadvertently stumbled upon as they went about their day to day modern treasure hunts.

10 Vertical Diamond by Ilya Bolotowsky: $34,375

via teachingkidsnews.com

9 1959 Jaeger-Lecoultre Watch: $35,000

via www.hublotwiki.com

8 Vince Lombardi Sweater: $43,020

via www.nbcdfw.com

7 Chinese Libation Cup: $75,640

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6 Bond Watch: $160,175

via christies.com

5 1650 Flemish Painting:  $190,000

via spydersdenwordpress.com

4 Alexander Calder Necklace:  $267,750

via artfixdaily.com

3 Declaration of Independence (Sparks):  $477,650

via www.womansday.com

2 Declaration of Independence: $2.4 million

via www.monticello.org

1 Faberge Egg: $30 million

via nydailynews.com

It might sound too good to be true, but it is true. A scrap metal dealer paid $14,000 for a Faberge Egg at a flea market. He knew it was gold and was going to melt it down for scrap. Turns out the find was estimated at a value of over $30 million dollars at an auction. The actual price remains undisclosed and the piece was temporarily on display prior to its owner moving it away from the public realm to the private realm. All you treasure hunters stay hungry. According to Faberge, of the 50 Fabergé Imperial Eggs known to have existed at one time or another, only 43 are currently accounted for.

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