ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The state of New Mexico will hold a public auction on July 27 offering thousands of unclaimed items including a 210-year old bottle of cognac and bars of gold and silver.
The items all come from safety deposit boxes abandoned years ago. Despite efforts by the state the rightful owners have not been located.
Approximately 800 items will go up for live auction on July 27 at the Albuquerque Convention Center beginning at 10 a.m.
The other 8,000 items will be part of an online auction which starts July 29 and runs through August 12. The live and online auctions are being handled by Bentley & Associates , which has details on its website.
The items up for grabs include necklaces, rings, Rolex watches and other jewelry, comic books, toys, collectables and antiques. There are also a number of gold coins and U.S. half dollars.
The state is still hoping some of the rightful owners will come forward and claim the property. The rightful owners can stake their claim anytime before the auction.
Once the items are auctioned off a rightful owner is still entitled to the money the item brought in at auction but must have proof of ownership.
Some of the items being auctioned off have been in the state's possession since 1995.
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