Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg held up a pair of rings, each containing a 3.9-carat diamond.
“They are matching rings,” she said. “We would love to know what the story is behind it.”
Unless the owner’s family turns up, the treasurer’s office likely won’t learn the story behind the rings. It’s one of dozens of unclaimed property items being auctioned off starting Saturday on eBay. The rings likely will start at $5,000.
State officials hope to raise at least $175,000, which will go to the general fund.
Under state law, state officials receive abandoned property from banks and other companies after they’ve been unable to reach the owners for three years and try to find relatives of the owners. Often, the items are part of an estate of someone who dies and has no heirs.
“Our goal is to get people’s property back to them,” Goldberg told MassLive on Monday. Unclaimed items have been auctioned for several years.
If the items remain dormant for nine years, they are toured around Massachusetts and auctioned off online.
This year’s collection includes silver platters, a Roger Clemens baseball card and a spoon with an engraved sketch of the State House and the Boston Baked Beans logo.
“It’s clearly a souvenir spoon, but very cool,” Goldberg said.
Here’s where the unclaimed property collection will appear:
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cape Code Irish Village, located at 822 Route 28 in South Yarmouth
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Plainridge Park Casino’s food court, located at 301 Washington St. in Plainville (Must be 21 or older to enter gaming floor with valid ID)
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Springfield State Office Building lobby, located at 436 Dwight St. in Springfield
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Massachusetts State Lottery Office, located at 151 West Boylston Drive in Worcester.