Man finds trove of historic artifacts in abandoned storage unit

Posted at 1:51 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 15:51:27-04

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    GLENDALE, Ariz. (KPHO/KTVK) — It was the deal of a lifetime.

A Scottsdale man says he found a trove of historical artifacts after paying $20 for an abandoned storage unit.

Don Smith says he almost passed up bidding on the contents of the unit because of how it looked.

“Just a bunch of files and Christmas decorations,” Smith said.

But after he won the bid and looked inside, he found a load of antiques.

Smith had stumbled onto almost 200 historical signed letters, documents, watches, cufflinks, and currency that once belonged to US Congressman Henry Ellsworth Barbour of California.

Notable pieces also include two signed letters from Herbert Hoover and an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremonies at the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s also a large collection of Civil War currency.

Erik Hoyer, owner of EJ’s Auction and Consignment in Glendale, says the artifacts could be worth more than $10,000.

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