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Laptops, sunnies, jewellery from $5: Sydney Airport's lost property auction returns

Millions of people pass through Sydney airport each month. Now, their lost property is going under the hammer.

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Sydney Airport is auctioning off more than 2,600 unclaimed items for charities, with bids starting from $5. (Source: Theodore Bruce Auctioneers)

Laptops, sunglasses and even a violin are up for grabs as part of Sydney Airport’s annual Lost Property Auction.

More than 2,600 unclaimed items are going under the hammer as part of the auction, which is returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

All money raised will be donated to the Bayside Women’s Shelter, which intends to create a new social-enterprise hub for domestic and family violence survivors.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said there was a “treasure trove” of goods to pick from, including laptops, cameras, bags, perfume and an air fryer.

“We even got some rather unique sales like a hedge trimmer, circular saw, and sun lounge, although we’re still scratching our heads wondering how that ended up at the airport,” Culbert said.

"For music lovers there is a classical violin or for those who just like to listen there are more than a dozen Bluetooth speakers, as well as a record player and 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road on vinyl.”

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Electronics, jewellery and sunglasses are some of the unclaimed items up for sale. (Source: Theodore Bruce Auctioneers)

Here’s a look at some of the deals on offer:

  • 120+ laptops

  • 60+ headphones

  • 20+ phones and tablets

  • 16 cameras

  • 15 Bluetooth speakers

  • 140+ jewellery items

  • 40+ bottles of wine/spirits

  • 60+ sunglasses and glasses

  • 50+ handbags, backpacks and wallets

  • A hedge trimmer

  • A Makita circular saw

  • A violin

  • An air fryer

  • A record player

  • 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road on vinyl

  • An outdoor sun lounge

The auction is now running online via Theodore Bruce Auctions until Sunday, February 12. Bids start from just $5 and all auctions are timed.

According to Sydney Airport, more than 4,000 items were returned to passengers in the past year. Whatever goes unclaimed gets donated to local charities or repurposed as part of the annual auction.

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