We have spent a few posts here talking about unclaimed property auctions. And, to be honest, we've also spent some time in this space making fun of some of the items that are available for auction. That being said, unclaimed property auctions do serve a very serious, and very useful, service. For example, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Florida's recent unclaimed property auction raised over $1 million that will be used to fund local schools. In the current economy, and in light of the budget difficulties that many states face, every public dollar is important.
In the event you are a Missouri reader interested in unclaimed property auctions in the Show-Me-State, the Missouri Department of Treasury is holding an unclaimed property auction today in Columbia, MO. Among the items available for auction is the autograph of the "Wizard of Oz." (this one, not this one).