Lost-in-post items go under the hammer
HALF a dozen bottles of champagne, another half dozen of Canadian whisky, a Rolex watch, Gucci handbags and a model train set are just some of the items that got lost in the post and which are to go under the hammer today.
They are among hundreds of mostly gift items that are posted each month but can’t be delivered by An Post (Ireland’s post office) because of a wrong address, lack of return address or a changed address.
The items are held for up to six months while a team in Kilbarrack, north Dublin, do everything they can to return the items to the sender or track down the addressee, according to a post office spokeswoman.
“Everything humanly possible has been done,” she said.
When all else fails, the items are sent to Herman and Wilkinson Auction House in Rathmines, south Dublin, where they are auctioned. The house runs sales of the lost property twice a year.
The company’s head porter, Ben Simpson, said some unusual items had gone under the hammer since it began auctioning off the lost items more than 20 years ago.
“You never know what you’ll get,” he said recently.
“The most unusual thing we got was an entire motorbike that was dissembled.”
Other interesting items included a Samurai sword, bicycles, tents, a consignment of 120 boxes of condoms and sex toys.
Some of the quirky items that are going on the block include four large tom-tom drums, a wetsuit, a signed print of The Titanic, an electric floorwasher and a set of fish hooks.
Some high-end items are also up for grabs, including a Rolex watch – the authenticity of which has yet to be determined – a pair of women’s boots from department store Harvey Nichols that still bears the price tag, a Chanel watch, two Gucci handbags, a Burberry handbag, a set of Ping golf clubs and silver jewellery.
The auction, which takes place at 6.30pm, tends to draw a lot of market traders as well as bargain hunters.
All proceeds from the auction go back to An Post. – Irish Independent