5 Incredibly Valuable Things that were Found in a Garage


5 Incredibly Valuable Things that were Found in a Garage

Garages are the dumping grounds of most homes. They’re the intermediate points of collection for our cast-offs, one that leads either to a garage sale, the dump or donation. Occasionally, however, there’s gold in a garage. Here are five incredibly valuable object that somehow wound up in a garage:

1. 1969 Ferrari ($2.2 million)

At first glance, there’s nothing unusual about finding a car in a garage. That’s what garages are for, right? But this was no ordinary minivan parked in a suburban garage. This was an incredibly valuable 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” seemingly left forgotten in a detached garage in Japan sometime around 1980. The car was auctioned in as-found condition complete with dust, dirt and animal nests for a starggering $2.2 million.

2. Antique Chinese Ceramic Bowl ($2.2 million)

In 2007, a New York family bought this unassuming but attractive ceramic bowl at a garage sale for $3. The 6” diameter bowl turned out to be a rare piece of porcelain from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in China. In 2013, the buyers consigned it to an antiques auction where it was expected to bring about $300,000, no a bad return on the original $3 investment. It sold for $2.2 million to a British collector.

3. Never Before Seen Picassos ($80 million)

We’re not sure how so many priceless paintings seem to wind up in garages, but in 2010, the garage of a humble 71-year-old French electrician named Pierre Le Guennec, yielded a trove of never-before-seen Picasso works worth more than $80 million. Controversy surrounds the find. Le Guennec claims that they were gifted to him by the artist for faithful service, the Picasso estate and the French government maintain they were stolen.

4. Jackson Pollock Painting ($15 million)

In 2017, an appraiser was called to the Scottsdale, Arizona garage of a man who was entering a retirement home. The appraiser was actually there to authenticate a poster singed by the LA Lakers, but he was drawn to a damaged abstract painting that looked like it was painted in the style of Jackson Pollock, one of America’s greatest modern artists. Through exhaustive research, the appraiser connected the painting to the retired man’s late half-sister, a New York socialite and art collector. The painting, while in need of restoration, turned out to be a genuine Pollock worth more than $15 million.

5. Early 19th Century Copy of the Declaration of Independence ($500,000)

In the early 19th Century movable-type printing presses were common, but there was no easy means of reproducing hand-written documents like the Declaration of Independence. So, in 1820 Congress authorized calligrapher William J. Stone to create 200 exact reproductions. Only 35 of the 200 created were believed to have survived into the 21st Century. That is, until a Tennessee man named Michael Sparks discovered that the Declaration that he bought at a garage sale (along with some salt and pepper shakers) for just $2.48 was one of the 1820 copies, the 36th now known. It brought almost a half million dollars at auction. Who knows, maybe your garage contains the 37th? You never know.

Even if your garage doesn’t contain treasures like these, it can still make money for you. Clear out your garage (you never know what you might find), list your unused space on Garage Pointer and put your garage to work for you.