Just about everyone has dreamt about what they would do if someone just handed them a whole bunch of money. Though most of us will never actually experience that scenario, for a select few, those dreams have become a reality. A handful of lucky people over the years have stumbled across random valuable things in abandoned places.
Sometimes, people just randomly find money in abandoned buildings. Other times, they're just working or taking a hike and they come across things like priceless artwork and gold coins. Most of the time, they aren't there to search abandoned places, they just happen to be in the right place at the right time. If only we all could be so lucky!
Of course, not everything people find in abandoned places is valuable. Sometimes people come across less savory things. From corpses to unexploded bombs, all sorts of weird and crazy valueless things have been found in abandoned places, but those stories just don't excite the imagination the same way buried treasure does.Not much beats finding money in abandoned places, but since there's no real life treasure map where X marks the spot, this list will have to do!
While cleaning out her father-in-law's attic after he passed, a woman found an old mysterious box that contained a ring engraved with renowned Victorian author Charlotte Brontë's name and date of demise, as well as an intricately braided piece of her hair. Jewelry appraiser Geoffrey Munn says he has no reason to doubt the ring's authenticity considering, "There was a sort of terror of not being able to remember the face and the character of people who had [passed], and so this is part of a tradition of making a true souvenir, an incorruptible fragment of the person... It wasn’t uncommon."
Without Brontë's classic touch, the ring would cost approximately £25; however, Munn has put it up for about $26,000.
After a 91-year-old woman passed away, her family discovered an apartment in France that she owned but had abandoned before World War II. It contained several rare oddities. Among them was an original Giovanni Boldini painting which went on to sell at auction for a staggering $2.5 million. The painting - depicting an image of the once-resident of the apartment, Marthe de Florian - was a one of a kind that even came with a hand-written note from the artist himself, confirming it's authenticity.