Most Expensive or Strangest Collectibles Found in the Trash

There are tons of times that we lose something valuable and it completely disappears out of our lives. Most of the time people resign themselves to the fact that they probably threw it away by accident, or left it somewhere where it then got buried. In these situations, one person’s loss usually ends up being another person’s good fortune.

We love to read stories about people discovering an object that turns out to be worth millions of dollars! Here are a few stories of people who uncovered an object that made them richer than their wildest dreams.

1. Vintage Atari video games

The years between 1983 and 1985 marked a huge recession in the video game industry. Worldwide sales of video games and consoles dropped an astounding 97% those two years alone. In 1983, the video game producer Atari was sold off by their parent company, and in the wake of their collapse, they sent millions of unsold games and consoles to a New Mexico dump.

Over the years, as the video game industry recovered, the Atari video game burial became an urban legend. In 2014, the dump was excavated and around 1,300 games were recovered, which were auctioned off for over $100,000.

2. James Bond’s Submarine Car

In 1989, an unsuspecting man bought a random storage locker in an auction for less than a hundred dollars. When he went in to the locker to inspect his new purchase, he found a white car, dented, and missing its wheels.


He later discovered that the car was one of eight stunt cars used to shoot the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, and had been missing for years. He then sold the car to Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, for $997,000.

3. The Bactrian Gold

The Bactrian Gold is a legendary golden hoard that was discovered in 1978 in northern Afghanistan. Originally collected by nomadic Kushan nobles, it was more than two millennia old. The gold was excavated and was originally displayed in the National Museum of Kabul until it disappeared in 1989, hidden by the Taliban to avoid looting.

No one knew where it was until 2003, when it was finally re-discovered by the government. Now it’s displayed all over the world.

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