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Hammer time

What does a surfboard, a microwave, food blender, violins and a bike have in common?

How about ukuleles, a scooter, smartphones, tablets, cameras, designer handbags, sunglasses and fragrances?

The answer is all of them have been left behind by passengers at Sydney Airport and next month they are due to be auctioned for charity along with thousands of other items in the gateway’s Lost & Found storeroom.

All are going under the hammer as part of Sydney Airport annual charity lost property auction, which last year raised more than A$130,000 for worthy causes.

“We’re hoping to raise even more this year,” enthuses Sydney Airport’s general manager for corporate affairs, Sally Fielke.

“While we make every effort to reunite the thousands of lost items that are left at Sydney Airport each year with their owners, unfortunately hundreds of items are left unclaimed.”

For the first time, this year’s auction will be held online over a 10-day period with the items organised into five categories:

• Auction 1: Cameras, iPods, docks, gaming consoles, games, various electricals (Starts 9am, Tuesday 4 November, ends Monday 10 November 8.30pm)

• Auction 2: Mobile phones, tablets, laptops, various technology (Starts 9am, Wednesday 5 November, ends 8.30pm Tuesday

• Auction 3: Jewellery, cosmetics, perfume, handbags, luggage (Starts 9am, Thursday 6 November, ends 8.30pm Wednesday 11 November)

• Auction 4: Alcohol and tobacco (Starts 9am, Friday 7 November, ends 8.30pm Thursday 13 November)

• Auction 5: Miscellaneous – souvenirs, toys, sporting goods, clothing, paintings, artwork and homewares (Starts 9am Saturday 8 November, ends 8.30pm Friday 14 November)

Pickles Auctions Australia will hold a viewing day on Wednesday, November 5, at its warehouse in Milperra where members of the public can inspect the items.

Bidding on each item will start at $1, with descriptions and photos to appear on the Pickles website.

“Close to 38 million passengers travelled through the airport last year from all over the world and the items left at the airport reflect this diversity,” adds Fielke.

“Last year, more than a thousand people attended the on-site auction and we’re hoping that this year’s sale will raise even more for

“Sydney Airport has a strong community programme, last year raising more than $180,000 in our Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal, as well as supporting numerous charities, sporting associations and local schools throughout the

A processing fee of 16.5% (including GST) payable to Pickles will apply in addition to the hammer price on all lots.

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