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October 30, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

Thousands of items will go under the hammer when Sydney Airport holds its annual charity lost property auction next month.

“Last year’s auction raised more than $130,000 for charity, which went to a number of worthwhile charities and initiatives and we’re hoping to raise more this year,” Sydney Airport General Manager Corporate Affairs, Sally Fielke, said.

“While we make every effort to reunite the thousands of lost items that are left at Sydney Airport each year with their owners, unfortunately hundreds of items are left unclaimed.

For the first time, this year’s auction will be held online over a 10-day period with the items organised into five categories:

  • Auction 1: Cameras, iPods, docks, gaming consoles, games, various electricals (Starts 9am, Tuesday 4 November, ends Monday 10 November 8.30pm)
  • Auction 2: Mobile phones, tablets, laptops, various technology (Starts 9am, Wednesday 5 November, ends 8.30pm Tuesday 11 November)
  • Auction 3: Jewellery, cosmetics, perfume, handbags, luggage (Starts 9am, Thursday 6 November, ends 8.30pm Wednesday 11 November)
  • Auction 4: Alcohol and tobacco (Starts 9am, Friday 7 November, ends 8.30pm Thursday 13 November)
  • Auction 5: Miscellaneous – souvenirs, toys, sporting goods, clothing, paintings, artwork and homewares (Starts 9am Saturday 8 November, ends 8.30pm Friday 14 November)

Pickles Auctions Australia will hold a viewing day on Wednesday, 5 November at its warehouse in Milperra where members of the public can inspect the items.

Bidding on each item will start at $1, with descriptions and photos to appear on the Pickles website.

“Close to 38 million passengers travelled through Sydney Airport last year from all over the world and the items left at the airport reflect this diversity,” Ms Fielke said.

Unusual items in this year’s auction will include a surfboard, a microwave, a blender, musical instruments including ukuleles and violins, a bike and a scooter, along with the usual smartphones, tablets, cameras, designer handbags, sunglasses and fragrances.

“Last year, more than a thousand people attended the on-site auction and we’re hoping that this year’s sale will raise even more for charity,” Ms Fielke said.

“Sydney Airport has a strong community program, last year raising more than $180,000 in our Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal, as well as supporting numerous charities, sporting associations and local schools throughout the year.”

A processing fee of 16.5 per cent (including GST) payable to Pickles will apply in addition to the hammer price on all lots. Sydney Airport also pays Pickles a 16.5% charge on each item for the management of the auction.

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