Airplane, Jewelry, Sports Memorabilia Among Seized Items in Riverside Auction

The lots include a newspaper marking two Barry Bonds home runs, Breitling and Rolex watches, laptops and clothes seized or forfeited by criminals

By Annette Arreola and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:28 PM PDT
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Rolex watches, valuable sports memorabilia and a single-engine plane were among he items seized by the government that crossed the auction block Wednesday at a warehouse in Riverside. Annette Arreola talks with bidders at the auction for the NBC4 News at noon on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012.

Rolex watches, valuable sports memorabilia and a single-engine plane were among he items seized by the government that crossed the auction block Wednesday at a warehouse in Riverside. Annette Arreola talks with bidders at the auction for the NBC4 News at noon on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012.

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Rolex watches, valuable sports memorabilia and a single-engine plane were among he items seized by the government that crossed the auction block Wednesday at a warehouse in Riverside.

List: Treasury Auction Items

The Treasury auction of items seized or forfeited by criminals began Wednesday morning at the VSE warehouse, 6711 Sycamore Canyon Blvd. in Riverside.

Jewelry, about 49,000 rolls of toilet paper, toys, a back hoe, clothes and a pallet of beach towels were on the block. Laptop computers, televisions and video game consoles also were available.

Some of the more interesting items:

  • 1990 Beechcraft A36
  • 2001 newspaper marking San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ 71st and 72nd home runs
  • 1983 International Cargostar Oil Distributor
  • NBA star LeBron James trading cards

Bids for the plane started at $50,000 and ended at $220,000.

"I knew the cap that I wanted on it, so that's what we got it for," said the winning bidder.

The auction money will go to several agencies through the Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund. Agencies contributing to the auction are U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service and Secret Service.

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