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Thousands of items left behind at Sydney Airport go under the hammer

Thousands of lost items left at Sydney Airport are going under the hammer for a fraction of the price in an online auction for charity. 
So that's where your lost luggage ends up: Thousands of items left behind at Sydney Airport go under the hammer for sick kids
  •  Annual  Sydney Airport Lost Property has launched with items going for $1
  •  Beats headphones, laptops and camera going for hundreds below retail price 
  •  All funds raised will do directly to the Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation 

By Kirsten Jelinek For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 00:32 GMT, 14 December 2020 | Updated: 00:42 GMT, 14 December 2020

Thousands of lost items left at Sydney Airport are going under the hammer for a fraction of the price in an online auction for charity. 

The annual Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction is raising money for the Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation, with thousands of items ranging from electronics, fragrances, and designer clothing available on the Pickles Auctions website. 

Sydney Airport Spokesperson Georgia Clarke, said that the annual action is for a good cause.  

Designer brands are up for grabs, with a new Gucci bag available for purchase online at Pickles (pictured)
Designer brands are up for grabs, with a new Gucci bag available for purchase online at Pickles (pictured)

Designer brands are up for grabs, with a new Gucci bag available for purchase online at Pickles (pictured) 

A Cordoba Mini
A Cordoba Mini

A Cordoba Mini 'O' nylon string acoustic guitar (pictured) is on the lost property auction on the Pickles website 

Beats headphones which usually retail around $300 can be found for under $40 (pictured) on the Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction at Pickles
Beats headphones which usually retail around $300 can be found for under $40 (pictured) on the Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction at Pickles

Beats headphones which usually retail around $300 can be found for under $40 (pictured) on the Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction at Pickles

Electronics are the biggest sellers, with the starting big for a Dell laptop at $5 (pictured)
Electronics are the biggest sellers, with the starting big for a Dell laptop at $5 (pictured)

Electronics are the biggest sellers, with the starting big for a Dell laptop at $5 (pictured)

'For every dollar raised they will go directly to the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and The Children's Hospital at Westmead to fund music therapy programs for children', she said. 

Since the auction began in 2013, Ms Clarke said the airport has raised over $1.2 million for local and national charities and each year the money raised has increased.

'Each year we partner will different groups and organisations', she said. 

 'And every year the amount raised at the auction has steadily increased, meaning we can give away more to the community'.  

Marketing Manager from Pickles Shaquille Ali, said that 1,500 lots are available online, with an estimated value of $100,000. 

'Despite the foot traffic at the airport down by 90%, it hasn't affected the amount of lost items'. 

'We received around 25 pallets of lost items', he said. 

The most popular items that are up for grabs are the electronics, Mr Ali said. 

Cameras are a big seller every year for the auction, with a Canon SX10 available for under $100 (pictured)
Cameras are a big seller every year for the auction, with a Canon SX10 available for under $100 (pictured)

Cameras are a big seller every year for the auction, with a Canon SX10 available for under $100 (pictured) 

'We have a lot of laptops, cameras and overall technology that sell out. But we find that because the auction is for a good cause, people are willing to spend the extra dollar'. 

Beats headphones which usually retail between $300-$400 can be found for under $40 and two Apple Airpods selling for the price of one are also available on the online auction.  

Since 2013, Mr Ali estimates that over 50,000 items have been sold at the annual Sydney Airport auctions, with some quirky pieces finding their way in. 

'This year we had a vinyl Greek Party album come in, but last year we had a meter tall wooden statue of a zebra'. 

 But Mr Ali recommends getting in soon, as items can go for as low as $1. 

'The bid starts at $1, and if that's the final bid you get it.'

'Last year we had 40 items go for $1', he said. 

The online auction will continue until the 23rd of December 2020.  

Two Apple Airpods are currently selling for the price of one on the Pickles online auction (pictured)
Two Apple Airpods are currently selling for the price of one on the Pickles online auction (pictured)

Two Apple Airpods are currently selling for the price of one on the Pickles online auction (pictured) 

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