Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced that this week’s unclaimed property auction raised $254,519 for account holders.
A press release said it was the highest total in the program’s history, breaking the previous record set in 2011 by more than $6,000. The auction was held at the Stoney Creek Inn in Independence on July 18-19.
Thousands of items were up for auction, including old coins and change, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and a variety of other items. The highest bid was $7,000 for lot 1598, a Rolex watch.
The next unclaimed property auction will take place this fall in Colombia. Those interested in attending future auctions can sign up to receive email notifications at
All auction items are from safe deposit boxes that were turned over by financial institutions to the Missouri State Treasurer’s Office after five years of non-payment by the owner. All auction proceeds will be retained in perpetuity until claimed by the rightful owners or their heirs.
Treasurer Fitzpatrick currently manages over $1 billion in unclaimed assets in over five million owner accounts. One in 10 Missourians has unclaimed property, and the average return is nearly $300.
Last week, Treasurer Fitzpatrick announced that the Unclaimed Property Division returned more than $50 million to Missourians in the past fiscal year, a record amount.
Missourians can search and claim unclaimed property 24/7 on ShowMeMoney.com.