Sydney Airport To Host Lost Luggage Auction

11/03/2014 07:55am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

As if you needed another incentive not to lose your luggage, Australia's Sydney Airport is auctioning off lost luggage travelers have left behind.

It's kind of like America's Unclaimed Baggage Center, where lost items are sold -- but the Australian auction is happening online, giving an eBay-ish feel to the event.

"While we make every effort to reunite the thousands of lost items that are left at Sydney Airport each year with their owners, unfortunately hundreds of items are left unclaimed," Sally Fielke, Sydney Airport General Manager of Corporate Affairs, said in a statement.

Check out the goods!


The auction will take place from Nov. 4-14, and it will feature five separate auctions of lost luggage to choose from. Bidding on all the items will start at $1 (AUD, we assume), so you're sure to get a good deal on everything from surfboards to Scotch. You can bid on the items online and come inspect them in-person during a Nov. 5 public viewing.

The bright side to losing your stuff and having it resold? Proceeds from the auction will go to charity. So at least you know someone is putting your new iPhone 6 to good use, and a charity in Australia is grateful for your contribution.

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