Illinois Is Auctioning Off Unclaimed Property For The Holidays
Jewelry, collectible coins, sports memorabilia and historic souvenirs are among the more than 450 unclaimed property items to be auctioned online from December 5 through December 9.
Our online auction is a wonderful opportunity to discover rare and memorable finds, either for yourself or for that special someone who will appreciate them as gifts. You won't even need to leave the comfort of your own home to participate in the auction.
- Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Items to be auctioned include collectible, .999 fine silver coins in commemorating important milestones for two Disney characters: Mickey Mouse's 60th anniversary and Snow White's 50th anniversary. Among the other items for auction are watches, rings and necklaces; an 1899 U.S. $20 Liberty Head gold coin; a .999 fine silver Michael Jordan basketball card and a .000 fine silver commemorative coin bearing his image; and tickets and other items from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the 1934 Chicago World's Fair.
To view auction items, go to ibid.illinois.gov/ and select the tab labeled "Storefronts." Scroll down to the Illinois State Treasurer Unclaimed Property Auction, select it and then click on the tab labeled "Upcoming Store Items."
Bidders must register with iBid to be eligible to participate in the auction . To register, go to ibid.illinois.gov/ and select the tab labeled "Register now."
The treasurer's office is the custodian of unclaimed property, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, unpaid rebate cards, and safe deposit boxes. Items are surrendered to the treasurer's office after private entities have tried for several years to locate the owner. Items considered for auction typically have not been touched by their owners for 1- years. All auction proceeds will be held for the rightful owners, no matter how long it takes.