Designer handbags, iPhones and dirty laundry up for grabs at Ireland's first-ever lost luggage sale
Would you be willing to bid on a stranger's suitcase, hoping there may be some worthwhile good inside?
iPhones, designer handbags and dirty laundry were just some of the items up for grabs at Ireland's first ever lost luggage sale which took place yesterday evening.
This is the first auction of its kind in Ireland and was held by Paul Cooke Auctions in Naas, Co Kildare.
Speaking before the auction, auctioneer Josh Haughton told Independent.ie that the auction was a "lucky" dip for buyers as they were only allowed a sneak peek inside tha case before they decide to purchase.
"We'll open the lids of the suitcases, so you'll be able to see what's at the top of the case but you won't be allowed to touch what's inside or dig underneath. It's a lucky dip. There could be an iMac inside or there could be dirty laundry," he said.
Single items, such as iPhones, designer handbags, watches, kindles, jewelry and laptops will also be on sale.
Josh said that Paul Cooke Auctions were given the task of selling the luggage by a European airport which they cannot disclose the name of.
"All I can say is that it's a transatlantic airport in Europe. We were approached by them and they asked us would we be able help them out.
"After 90 days any unclaimed luggage becomes the property of the airport. It's a mix of lost luggage and luggage that was left in storage lockers and never collected."
The auction took place at Paul Cooke Auctions in Naas Industrial Estate and Josh said that they were expecting a "massive crowd" to attend the event.
"It's the first and biggest auction of its kind to ever take place in Ireland," said Josh.
Money made from the auction goes back to the vendor, the airport. Paul Cooke Auctions receives a 5pc commission on it.