Beatles memorabilia among lost post items up for grabs in auction

Mar 31, 2022
The Beatles memorabilia among actions items. Source: Lloyds Auctions

Bargain hunters are in for a treat after Lloyds Auctions announced over 30 pallets of unclaimed or lost-in-transit freight are set to be auctioned off for as little as $1.

Some of the items up for grabs include The Beatles Crosley Record storage crate, Donald Trump commemorative coins, bottles of Moet & Chandon, and Bulgari perfume.

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Undelivered items include Moet, Bulgari perfume and Donald Trump commemorative coins. Source: Lloyds Auctions

Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions Lee Hames said there are over 1000 items sourced from all the major couriers in Australia.

“People could really find a bargain here on basically anything you can think of, it’s a really unique treasure trove of items,” Hames said.

“This is a massive auction event series, running over a week…with everything unreserved, and bidding starting from $1″

Other items up for auction include a pair of Nike air shoes, appliances, sporting/camping items, cosmetics, hardware and more.

Auctions for lost or unclaimed parcels have been met with intense backlash from the public in the past.

An online auction advertised by Australia post in November 2021, saw the company come under severe scrutiny.

The auction came in the midst of an increased demand for parcels due to Covid-19 ramping up online shopping sprees.

Australia Post was already facing criticism for failing to keep up with the pressure.

Their auction included many high-end items including LED televisions, drones and luggage.

The public posted their outrage at the government-owned courier’s auction announcement on social media.

“You mean the stuff they lost or failed to deliver?” one person wrote.

“Uncollected or undelivered, went to post office today saying delivered on 16th, 4 days later not there???”

One questioned the legality of the auction.

“Where is Australia Post’s proof of ownership? Selling something that doesn’t belong to you is illegal.”

“At least rename it for what it is…UNDELIVERED GOODS AUCTION.”

“This is totally unacceptable. Most of these items were lost by AP and now they’re trying to sell them back to us. How disgraceful.”

The outcry forced an Australia Post spokesperson to comment on the company’s ability to deliver.

“If an item can’t be delivered due to incorrect addressing and can’t be returned to sender, it is sent to a Mail Redistribution Centre (MRC),” the spokesperson said.

“At the MRC, the item will be opened, catalogued and stored for two months. This catalogue is accessible by our contact centre team who will use it to reunite customers with their missing mail.

“If the two-month retention period lapses and the item hasn’t been claimed, all identifying markings are removed and the item will be auctioned with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to charity.”

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