State treasurer to hold Missouri Unclaimed Property Auction in Columbia

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 5:58 p.m. CDT; updated 7:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Unclaimed Property Auction on Wednesday will include an autographed Jerry Rice football card, a one-mile run medal from 1922 and an album of 54 Beatles collector cards. 

The event, run by State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, will be held at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, 3300 Vandiver Drive.

This will be the third year in a row that the treasurer has held the auction in Columbia and the second year in a row that it's taken place at this location.

Whenever safety deposit boxes go five or more years without any documented activity, banks turn their contents over to the state. By law, the treasurer is allowed to hold an auction whenever the physical vaults of unclaimed property fill up.

Director of Unclaimed Property Scott Harper said there also will be numerous silver coins up for auction, along with a few notable pieces of jewelry.

The money generated from the auction won't stay with the treasury if the original owners of the items come forward. 

Harper encouraged people to visit to see if they have unclaimed property or money on file.

The treasurer will hold viewings of the items from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and before the auction from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.

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