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Grab a bargain and donate to charity at Brisbane Airport’s 2023 lost property auction


Hundreds of items left behind at the airport and on planes whose owners cannot be found will go under the hammer.

A catalogue of lost property items will be auctioned off by Brisbane Airport for charity.

Fine jewellery, laptops, watches, cameras, a BMX bike and even vinyl records and a dartboard.

These are just some of the items left behind by the 20 million passengers who use Brisbane Airport’s terminals each year which, despite careful effort, cannot be reunited with their owners.

Now some 673 items of lost property are going under the hammer to raise money for charity, with bidders encouraged to bag a pre-Christmas bargain.

Last year’s auction raised $66k with the funds this week distributed to Zephyr Education, Speld and Traction. Proceeds this year will benefit young Queenslanders through the Courier-Mail Children’s Fund.

“Each year this auction gets bigger and bigger as more passengers travel through the terminal,” said Brisbane Airport Head of Public Affairs, Stephen Beckett.

“Some of the items left behind in the terminal are simply because passengers have exceeded their baggage limit and choose to leave them.”

There are no reserves on any items, so everything must go with the auction run by Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers.

“We’re hoping to raise as much as we can because the proceeds are going to support Queensland Children’s charities to help kids who are vulnerable and suffering disadvantage so we’re hoping people get right behind the Brisbane Airport Lost Property auction.”

Other items in the auction include perfume, air pods, Star Wars memorabilia, exercise equipment, hair straighteners, guitars, a mandolin, a tent and surfboards.

Online bidding will close progressively on December 17 from 10am.

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 27 November 2023

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