Where do you go to look for treasure? Some go out to sea to discover a sunken ship filled with Spanish bullion. Other treasure hunters use metal detectors to find rare coins in desolate areas. Now we have storage auction buyers who look for that tub full of rare collectibles.
Maybe treasure is closer to home than you believe. When was the last time you were in your attic? I have been in mine and all I found was dust and uh, creepy, crawly creatures. However, a few people found a bit of history in their attics that had long been forgotten.
Enjoy these amazing discoveries found by ordinary people in their attics…
1. Norwegian man found Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 ‘The Sunset At Montmajour’ painting in his attic. It’s the first full-sized canvas uncovered by the artist since 1928. Though unsigned, it was authenticated as a real masterpiece by the Dutch artist 100 years after he killed himself.
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2. A brother and sister cleaned a dusty attic after their parents died. They stumbled across an 18th-century Chinese vase. Looking into its value they discovered it was from the Qing Dynasty. Vase fetched the highest price ever paid at auction for a Chinese antiquity.
Rare gift from Russian Czar
3. George Davis’ descendants found a wooden box in the attic of his estate. Inside the box was a rare Faberge figurine. Only 50 were made. Gift was commissioned by Russian Czar, Nicholas II for his wife Empress Alexandr.
4. Barbara Gluck Testa rummaged through her grandfather’s attic. Inside a trunk she found the missing 665 manuscript pages of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain had delivered the first half of the manuscript to the Buffalo library in 1887.
Lost Martin Luther King’s Audio Interview
5. Stephen Tull sifted through junk in his 80-year-old father’s attic. What he found was a part of undocumented history. A pristine reel-to-reel recording marked “Dr King interview, Dec 21, 1960.” Interview made three years before King’s “I have a dream” speech.
Adolf Hitler was a fan of forbidden music of the Third Reich
6. Aleksandra Besymenskaya went to the attic to look for a badminton racket. Her shin hit something. It was a stack of 100 records labeled Führerhauptquartier, as the Reich Chancellery is called in German. Her father was a former Soviet intelligence agent who took the records after the fall of Berlin in 1945. Dictator’s love for the pan-Germanic operas of Richard Wagner was well-known, but he secretly listened to banished Jewish and Russian music.