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Grab yourself a bargain in Brisbane Airport’s Lost Property Auction


Jewellery, laptops, headphones, surf boards, artwork and a circular saw were among the items left behind by passengers at Brisbane Airport last year, and are now up for grabs in its annual Lost Property Auction.

Hundreds of valuables go up for auction today, with bidding remaining open until Sunday 21 February and, for the third year running, all proceeds to be donated to The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund.

Despite a reduction in passengers travelling through Brisbane Airport’s International and Domestic Terminals last year due to COVID, many weird, wonderful, and valuable items were still accidently left behind by travellers.

While all efforts are made to return belongings to the rightful owners, unfortunately approximately two-thirds of these items remain unclaimed after the standard holding period.

Items like neck pillows, blankets, and fresh food are not logged as lost property. They are kept at the Visitor Information Centre desk, and if not collected, are disposed of.

More valuable items are held at the airport for 60 days and, if still unclaimed, are either donated to local charities or held and offered to members of the public in Brisbane Airport’s annual online Lost Property Auction.

There is also an opportunity to purchase your very own piece of Brisbane Airport, with Movement Area Guidance Signs (MAGS) from Runway 01/19 (the legacy runway prior to its rename) and pieces of Brisbane’s new runway, Runway 01L/19R, up for grabs.

Brisbane Airport Corporation’s CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, said this year’s auction is better than ever as it features priceless items that cannot be bought anywhere else.

He notes: “Brisbane Airport’s online Lost Property Auction has always attracted wide attention from interested buyers, and this year we will be offering some pretty special items for those that love aviation as much as we do.

“In addition to the MAG signs and the runway pieces, bidders will have the chance to secure a year of free parking at Brisbane Airport and an exclusive airside tour with one of our Airside Operations Officers.

“Last year we raised A$25,000, and while our passenger numbers have been heavily impacted, we hope the addition of unique aviation items will help us come close to matching that amount.”

The auction will be powered by BNE Marketplace – an eCommerce site developed by Brisbane Airport Corporation at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic to support in-terminal retailers.

All stock can be viewed online at www.bne.com.au/auction.

Bidding will take place online from today, Monday 15 February, and run through midnight on Sunday 21 February.


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