Amazing cases of lucky people finding a fortune! People finding tons of money and awesome things .
15. Randy Guijarro
He bought a photo of legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid in a thrift shop. The 130 year old photo was taken in 1878 is highly valuable, as it is one of two known photos to exist.
He paid $2 for the portrait and it sold in auction for $2.3 million dollars.
Randy and his wife are avid collectors, but they never thought in a million years that they would stumble upon something so rare.
The photograph was uncovered in Fresno, and it shows Billy the Kid surrounded by several members of his gang playing a game of croquet.
It is the only second authenticated picture of the outlaw.
14. Bob Kitts
He was pretty shocked when discovered $182,000 of Depression-era money tucked away in a bathroom wall.
Hired as a contractor, he was pulling apart the walls of an 83 year old home in Lake Erie.
He found two green metal lockboxes hanging from a wire.
Two white envelopes with the address for “P Dunne News Agency” were inside the box.
After telling the homeowner of his discovery, a legal battle started between him and the homeowner about how to settle the findings.
Eventually, the address was traced and the money was rightfully given back to the family’s descendants.
13. Laurie Rimon
She was vacationing in Israel, when she made an astonishing discovery hiking in the mountains.
The find was a rare coin, considered to be one in a million. The coin was minted under Roman Emperor Trajan in the year A.D. 107.
One side of the coin had an image of Augustus, who the founder of Rome.
The other side had symbols of the Roman legions.
Laurie was pretty shocked and speechless when she learned about the coin’s value and history.
The coin was believed to be buried for at least 2,000 years.
12. Lakeisha Williams
She discovered an envelope totaling up to $10,500 cash in the most unlikely place – Goodwill.
She was employed there and was sorting through donations, when she came across the envelope.
Instead of taking home the cash, she turned it over to her manager instead.
The money was put into a holding account until the rightful owner can verify it belongs to them.
If it goes unclaimed, then she could receive ten percent of it.
11. Jason Hyatt
This three year old struck it big time!
He uncovered a 16th century gold pendant after he was given a metal detector. The pendant was used to hold religious relics. The Virgin Mary holding a cross is inscribed on the front, while the back shows five bleeding hearts.
There are only three other known reliquaries to exist.
His parent’s are shocked and pretty excited of their son’s discovery.
They have decided that proceeds of the sale will be shared with James and the landowner.
His dad calls the extraordinary find “beginner’s luck.”
10. Laura Stouffer
After thrifting in a junk shop, she spotted a painting named “Shepherd’s Call,” of a border collie uncovering a lamb in the snow.
She recognized this as a unique piece of artwork since the original was created between 1850 and 1870.
As retired antique dealer, she was much more overjoyed when she discovered a rare poster from a 1930’s film classic “All Quiet on the Western Front” on the back of the painting.
The poster was still in good shape, maintaining bright colors and illustrations.
There are a few staple holes but nonetheless it’s in amazing condition.
9. Mary Hannaby
She came across this special find while out on her regular walks with her son Mark. They enjoyed bringing along their metal detector in hopes of finding small valuables.
The treasure was a religious artifact with the image of the Holy Trinity.
It had been buried four inches below the ground, and is believed to be at least more than 500 years old. It has been dated back to the 15th century.
It worth at least $324,612.
She says she’s never uncovered anything like this and has spent at least seven years walking around looking for anything.
8. Raymond MacCausland
Nicknamed Buzzy, he turned in heaps of cash to authorities after someone left a backpack in cab.
It belonged to a homeless man who just received an inheritance of $187,000 dollars. The good samaritan went on a search to help locate the man but was unsuccessful, until police found him and were able to verify that it belonged to him.
Police hailed him as honest, stating his actions represented high standards.
When police asked the man if he would like to reward Buzzy for his action, all he gave him was a measly $100 bill.
What would you have done?
7. Jeff Bidelman
He was helping a family clean out a vacated home, when he found piles of old coins with an estimated value of $20,000.
The previous owners died and the house had been abandoned for decades.
There was speculation that the previous owners threw their money down a hole in the wall, but it was only thought of as just a rumor.
Jeff is the owner of a shop called “Rare Collectibles,” and he said that some of the coins were minted as early as 1793.
The coins are worth at least $8,500 and can go as high as $100,000!
6. Teri Horton
The retired truck driver bought a painting from a thrift shop as a gift for her coworker.
Her coworker ended up returning the artwork back to her, and Teri decided to sell it at a garage sell.
A customer then told her that the painting looked like it was made by Jackson Pollock.
She tried to get it verified but it has yet to be confirmed to be authentic.
A documentary called “Who the F*** is Jackson Pollock” follows Terri and her quest to get the painting confirmed.
If it is proven to be one of Pollock’s artwork, she could get an estimated $5 million dollars.
5. David Gonzalez
He was remodeling an empty home when he came across a valuable comic book that was secretly hidden inside a wall.
The comic book was Action Comic #1 in which Superman made his first appearance.
It was found alongside with a few newspapers that were being used as insulation.
He decided to post it on on a comic book auction site and the price had already skyrocketed to $100,000.
The final sale price will be split between him and paying the auctioneer fees.
4. Bernice Gallego
She was already an avid fan of accumulating antiques.
Somewhere in the midst of her collection was a rare baseball card of the first professional baseball team in the United States.
It was dated from 1869 and she was about to put on auction for only $10 until her friend intervened.
The portrait was of the Red Stockings baseball team.
They won 65 games and have gone undefeated.
The card is estimated to be at least $100,000.
3. Josh Ferrin
Just few hours after he closed the deal on his new house, he was shocked to find rolls of money stashed away in a secret compartment of his home. After counting the cash, it totaled up to be $45,000.
As a family man, he knew he could use the money, but he decided to track down the former owners.
He knew it was the right thing to do, and it was a moment to teach his kids about honesty.
The previous owner, Arnold Bangerter saved up all the cash in the past ten years for his six kids.
Josh says even though he didn’t keep the money, he still feels lucky finding it.
2. Billy Ray Harris
Sarah Darling was giving homeless man, Billy Ray Harris spare change when she accidently dropped her ring in his cup.
It wasn’t until three days later, Sarah realized she lost her ring and ran back to find him.
When she asked if he still had it, he put the ring back on her finger.
She was so touched by his kindness and honesty, that she and her husband started a fundraiser for him.
As news of the kind act spread, they were able to collect more than $190,000!
Now Billy Ray Harris has a house and owns a car.
He says he feels like a real human and hopes to start a house painting company too.
1. Michael Sparks
He was visiting a thrift shop in Nashville and purchased salt and pepper shakers, a candle holder and a print of the Declaration of Independence.
After doing some research, he learned he had bought one of only 200 official copies of the document.
John Quincy Adams had commissioned the Declaration of Independence in 1820, and only 35 had been intact of the 200 copies that were produced.
Michael had the 36th copy.
After a year of having it authenticated and carefully preserved, it went up for bidding.
He originally bought it for $2.48 and reached a final sale price of $477,650!
However the candleholder and season shakers were valueless.