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The Most Incredible Things Ever Found in Attics

Updated May 25, 2021 13.8k votes 4.2k voters 992.7k views15 items

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Since the dawn of storage areas in the roofs of houses, there has been interesting things found in attics (don't take this fact as historically accurate). There are lots of things found in attics, like dust bunnies, cobwebs, sawdust, rafter beams, and the occasional bat, raccoon, or squirrel. But there are also stories about attics that contain a treasure trove of rare, astonishing, shocking, creepy, and downright weird things. Want to know about some of the most incredible things found in attics? Then read on... 
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    A Comic Book Collection Worth Millions

    Photo: DC Comics
    A Dallas, Texas, man found his uncle's well-perserved comic book collection while cleaning out his aunt's attic in 2012. Among the rare titles in the collection were a Detective Comics #27, featuring the debut of Batman, and Action Comics #1, which features the first appearance of Superman. Save your comics, kids!
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    A Picasso Painting

    Photo: Anonymous / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    In 2015, Kirkaldy, United Kingdom, resident Dominic Currie discovered an original painting by Pablo Picasso in a suitcase stored in his attic. It reportedly belonged to his mother, who had received it as a gift from her World War II Russian soldier lover. 
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    A Stolen Stradivarius Violin

    In 1980, violinist Roman Totenberg had his beloved Stradivarius violin stolen from his office while he greeted patrons of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachutsetts following a concert. Thirty-five years later, in August 2015, the purloined instrument was discovered in the attic of a California resident, whose father - himself a struggling musician - had taken the Stradivarius in moment of jealous foolishness. The violin was returned to Totenberg's family.
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    A Hidden WWII-Era Room

    Photo: u/mYNDIG / Imgur

    Reddit user mYNDIG discovered a hidden room tucked behind a wall in their attic. The small area contained a narrow bed and a pillow on the floor, ostensibly for sitting. There was a sign above the bed that read (roughly translated from Danish) "If you have a bad stomach, then you don't have access." There was also a light alarm affixed to the wall, meaning this room was probably designed as a hiding place from Nazis.

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