Welcome to Top10Archive! Rummaging through
others peoples clutter has been a pastime for many, cause well “it was 99 cents”. Submitted
by YouTuber user Pluto545, we were happy to go picking through the artcles, finding those
who found valuable items at garage sales, thrift shops, estate sales or flea markets.
From a painting of flowers to a few simple photographs, here are 10 finds worth millions. 10. Magnolias on Gold Velvet Cloth
Found in Indiana for $30, along with a few pieces of used furniture, the purchaser, who
wishes to remain anonymous, originally bought the painting to cover a hole in a wall that
was bugging him. Some years later, while enjoying the board game Masterpiece, similar photos
of his painting within the game made him curious, so he decided to do some research. Finding
Kennedy Galleries in Manhattan, who handles most of this artist’s work, they came to the
conclusion that the painting was authenticate. As it turns out, the painting was one from
nineteenth century painter, Martin Johnson Heade. In 1999, The Museum of Fine Arts in
Houston, Texas, purchased the painting for $1.25 million dollars.
9. Andy Warhol Sketch Andy Fields, an art collector from Tiverton,
England, bought five sketches at a Las Vegas garage sale for five dollars in 2010. Although
the seller informed him that they used to belong to his aunt who watched over the Warhol
child, Mr. Fields thought nothing of it. When he decided to reframe one of the sketches,
he found a picture drawn by Andy Warhol tucked behind its frame. Having it validated, its
appraiser estimated the sketches were drawn by Warhol when he was 9 or 10, and to be worth
$2.1 million dollars. Mr. Fields has no intention of selling the sketch anytime soon and has
hopes it will be featured in a museum show. 8. Northern Song Dynasty Bowl
In 2007, a New York family purchased a ceramic bowl about five inches in diameter that had
a sawtooth pattern etched around the outside for $3, and left it on their mantle for years
to come. Eventually, having the bowl looked at by experts, it was determined that it was
a 1,000 year old Chinese bowl created during the Northern Song Dynasty, which was known
for its cultural and artistic advances during its period, roughly between 960 and 1127 AD.
The only other known bowl of similar size and design was in a collection owned by the
British Museum for over 60 years. Experts estimated that it was worth between $200,000
and $300,000, but the final auction price, made by London dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi, was
10 times that amout, with a final bid of $2.2 million dollars.
7. Declaration of Independence A Philadelphia financial analyst bought an
old painting with a depiction of a country scene at a flea market in Adamstown, Pennsylvania,
for its frame in 1989, costing him $4. Investigating a tear in the canvas, the frame fell apart
upon detaching it from the painting, but lead him to the discovery of a folded document
appearing to be the Declaration of Independence. Urged by a friend who collected Civil War
memorabilia to get it appraised, he would come to find out that it was in fact an original
Dunlap broadside, one of 500 official copies from the first printing of the Declaration
of Independence in 1776. Going up for auction, it doubled its estimated $1.2 million dollar
appraisal, selling for $2.42 million dollars in June of 1991. The story doesn’t end there,
though – in June 2000, the same document resurfaced, fetching an $8.14 million dollar bid from
television producer Norman Lear in an online auction.
6. Billy the Kid Photo Buying three old photographs at a Fresno,
California thrift shop as a miscellaneous lot in 2010, Randy Guijarro, a U.S. history
buff, studied the 4 by 5 inch image with the others closely, soon realizing he may have
an important 19th century historical item. Taking it to Kagin’s Inc., a San Francisco
company specializing in U.S. gold coins and Western Americana, it was eventually verified
to be the only 2nd known image of Henry McCarty, also known as William Bonney. Depicting Billy
the Kid playing croquet with his accomplices, the Regulators, this is also the only known
photo to feature his gang. Experts have estimated the value of the photograph to be as much
as $5 million dollars. 5. John Constable Painting
An art enthusiast paid roughly $5,000 in 2013 for a painting of a 19th century English landscape
at a London Auction that turned out to be “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadow”, painted
by John Constable, a famous English countryside landscape artist. Originally thought to be
a fake, Anne Lyles, a former 18th and 19th century British art curator for Tate gallery
in London, wrote that the painting was heavily retouched approximately in the late 19th or
20th century, in a misguided attempt to finish the painting. The experts appraised the painting
to be worth around $2 to $3 million dollars, but sold for $5.2 million at Sotheby’s auction
in Manhattan in early 2015. 4. Mazarin Chest
The French engineer who worked for Shell Petroleum purchased this gem for roughly $150 in 1970,
used it as a TV stand in his South Kensington apartment for 16 years, then retired in Loire
Valley in 1986, where he used it as a bar, and died before ever knowing its true value.
In 2013, the engineer’s family contacted the auction specialists of Rouillac to sell his
estate, when Philippe Rouillac spotted the chest and suggested the family to get it appraised.
The gold lacquered cedar box was owned by several historical figures, but disappeared
in 1941 after its last owner, Sir Clifford Cory, passed away. The chest disappeared and
was considered lost, leaving London’s Victoria and Albert Museum searching
for the relic for 80 years. It was auctioned to Amsterdam’s National Museum, Rijksmuseum,
on June 9th, 2013, for $9.5 million dollars. 3. King Henry VII Tudor Bed
The intricately carved ornate bed was left in a parking lot of the former Redland House
Hotel in Chester, northern England, by builders renovating the property. Ian Coulson spotted
the piece and bought the bed for $4,000 in 2010. He then approached Jonathan Foyle for
authenticity, who obtained DNA from parts of the bed and confirmed that it belonged
to the monarch and is the only known surviving Tudor bed. Mr. Foyle is backed by other experts
such as Diarmaid MacCulloch, a professor of the history of the church at Oxford University,
describing the rediscovery as “exceptionally important”. The Tudor bed is estimated to
be worth $28.5 million, but is currently not up for sale and instead resides on public
display as part of the “A Bed of Roses” exhibition at Hever Castle in Kent.
2. Imperial Faberge Egg Not much is known of the man who found this
lost treasure in a flea market, except that he hailed from the Midwest United States and
purchased the egg for an easy metal scrap profit, just to have severely underestimated
the value of the metal it contained. Purchased for $14,000 dollars, the egg sat on a kitchen
counter for years, until a Google search of “Vacheron Constantin” followed by the word
“egg” turned up a 2011 article in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, describing a lost
Faberge Egg. The purchaser took pictures to London and talked to a Faberge expert, Kieran
McCarthy, where they then authenticated it to be a lost Imperial Faberge Egg from the
Russian royal family. The decorated egg is estimated to worth upwards of $30 million
dollars. 1. Ansel Adams Lost Negatives
Acquired at a garage sale for $45 by Rick Norsigian in Fresno, California, they were
subsequently kept under his pool table for four years before he decided to investigate
their origin. The man he had purchased them from said he bought them in the 1940s from
a salvage warehouse in Los Angeles, California. After a six-month examination, a team of experts
concluded that the 65 negatives were of the famed nature photographer, Ansel Adams. These
negatives were believed to be his earlier works, lost in a fire that destroyed his Yosemite
National Park studio in 1937 due to some of them being charred around the edges. Combined,
they are assessed to be worth at least $200 million dollars.


  1. Illuminati Istrazitelj says:

    first lol

  2. FusionWorld 4370 says:


  3. Ezrababy1 says:


  4. Boffin Grusky says:

    Oh Gawd! I wonder what my "Elvis on Velvet" collection might be worth!!!

  5. Gaming Bulbasaur says:

    Top ten we'll known dinosaurs that looked very different from what you think

    Like velociraptor
    (Sorry for the bad English I'm Brazilian)

  6. TeamKnockOut714 says:

    Please make a series of this 🙂

  7. Euthorix says:

    Man, I gotta visit Fresno garage sales..

  8. nriab23 says:

    Damn I need to go to more thrift shops…

  9. Brya Villalon says:

    17th xd

  10. Ibe Kerkhoven says:

    Rijks museum not REICHS museum, jeez we're not German!

  11. Triztan 369 says:

    I wish i would sell my supposedly cheap goods i keep so far to be worth millions someday so i can travel the world, i mean it though lol, wish me luck.

  12. Brainy Tech says:

    New Video!!!

  13. MuhNamesTylerr says:

    Man I bet the people who sold this stuff for like $3 probably killed themselves. How could you even live with that? Lol

  14. ode says:

    i'm gonna pop some tags
    only got twenty dollars in my pocket
    i'm i'm i'm hunting
    looking for a come up
    this is fucking awesome

  15. King Kong Photo says:


  16. Aurumaii says:

    Top 10 Most Fascinating Dinosaurs

  17. boom bob says:

    Top 10 eBay scams

  18. KingFluffs says:

    Just crap in some cans and call it modern art. Sells for millions.

  19. 13 says:

    i hate my luck

  20. Karin Cervantes says:

    I want to find something!

  21. 33leel33 says:

    Top ten creepy 911 calls

  22. OpTic ShitScared says:

    how can you not recognise a faberege egg

  23. Kayleen's World says:

    For your next video make another "Top 10 unusual amusement park's", and I know 2 unusual amusement park's… I think, anyways you should put "Circus circus", and "Knotts berry farm".

  24. Ashlee Todd says:

    I wish I was lucky like these people!

  25. Nathan Filko says:

    Top 10 most dangerous gangs of all time or present day

  26. World of MONSTERS says:

    Wow, first thing I'm doing back in the states is going to Goodwill!

  27. MANNY~EmberDim says:

    Welp! I know where I'm going next pay check! 😀

  28. BobEckert56 says:

    Thumbs Way Up!! Excellent! Say hello to your friend Simon for me!

  29. DirtyBlastard says:

    I wonder what the story is behind a copy of the Declaration of Independence being hidden in a picture frame. It would have been quite a prestigious item to have even back in the late 1700s.

  30. Aarotron says:

    top ten idea: 10 most famous/infamous mercenaries

  31. Amalokch says:

    Another good video guys, and thanks to +Pluto545 for the suggestion ?

  32. Zestypanda says:

    Top 10 deadly diseases toy can get from mundane places. like swimming, eating, getting a scratch. bug bite. etc.

  33. DirtyOldDan Discord says:

    top ten stoners

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  35. Mathieu Leader says:

    Love the submitter mention

  36. Aftha Niel says:

    wait a minute. i live in houston and ive seen that painting before

  37. Hrvoje Abramović says:

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  38. Johny40Se7en says:

    That egg I saw on a film or one very similar to it, Octopussy I think it was.

  39. Poomba Caka says:

    I went to Boot Sale last Summer quite local to my home town and bought a camera in mint condition boxed with all its original parts instructions etc etc for £5
    I did some research online and ended up taking it to a little camera shop on Oxford St in London.
    I ended up selling said camera for just under £2000.
    Not a bad days work that ha ha ha .
    Have found a few bits and pieces over the last year a few gold rings in charity shops and gold chains literally bought for 10p here 20p there.
    I'm waiting to find the real " biggy " . Great video thank you xx

  40. OriginalAnonymous1 says:

    How about "The Top ten things that were purchased for an outrageous price that turned out to be junk?"

  41. Top10Archive - Aaron says:

    Who else is buying all the old stuff ever now? :p

  42. gk10002000 says:

    30 million for the Faberge egg I can imagine.  200 million for the ansel adams negatives I can not imagine.

  43. Miguel Castaneda says:

    yea had that experiance…bought a scroll.old beat up box gave to friend ..b…hey low on money…her mom translated it was a scroll from museum of national china…..she is really happy…

  44. Ron Caluman says:

    lies lies lies

  45. Hag Dah says:

    Music annoyed the fuck out of me

  46. Rumple FourSkn says:

    Top ten fad for the decade!!! You can get one for each decade for the past few. Also you would win in the nostalgia department for each generation.
    Top Ten 70s fads
    Top Ten 80s fads
    Top Ten 90s fads
    Top Ten 2000s fads

  47. Satan's Trilogy says:


  48. Blaize Gottman says:

    Macklemore loves thrift shops he's cheap that way he's like it was 99¢

  49. KoG GoK says:

    if i ever found somthing this rare i would burn the fuck out of it and make a video instead of selling it to some rich asshole.

  50. tristannolan85 says:

    i bought a guitar effect pedal at a garage sale for $1. ended up retailing for 80 lol pretty good find..not exactly millions but worth 80x what i paid

  51. Nathanael Romer9 says:

    top 10 strongest superhero ever made

  52. Atheist Orphan says:

    LOL at the narrator's pronunciation of Sotheby's – 'Soff-ah-bees'!

  53. #DadVsDiaper says:


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  55. CallMeTony says:

    Nice Peppa Pig reference. Lol

  56. I Am Brit says:

    When am I gonna get lucky like this? God I hate myself…..

  57. Karla Kirkpatrick says:

    hey a woman bought a bowl and used it as a cat dish turned out the bowl was from the ming dynasty she said it was ugly

  58. aminluqman hakim says:

    wow… $_$

  59. MasonsMomma2011 says:

    Top 10 Hidden Treasures found

  60. Cristian Rodriguez says:

    Fresno… I live in Fresno California wtf

  61. MaryKay says:

    great video! wish i could find something like this lol. but i guess its just pure luck

  62. Thrifting 101...Identify & Buy! Vintage Glassware says:

    love this video…love to thrift! glad I found your subscriber here 🙂

  63. Ian Slater says:


  64. Anonymous gaming says:

    I had a box of paper clips they were worth 50 cents

  65. Tom Yazel says:

    do all of these videos have the same stories in them..?

  66. July Paw says:

    I see the magnolia painting in my church?

  67. July Paw says:

    Probably a fake tho

  68. Dave T says:

    top 10 gold mines

  69. Donna G says:

    My biggest thrift store finds are a painting for $2.89 and when I researched it I found out its worth over $500. I also bought a large "rock" for 89 cents to use as a doorstop and later found out its an 8 pound blue lace agate thats worth a few hundred bucks.

  70. Ryan says:

    My best pick so far is a Yamaha Pacifica for only 75$

  71. ho2cultcha says:

    i bought a canton enamel plate at a second hand store for $32 and sold it for $4,000. i bought a rolled up painting in the corner of an antique store in maine for $400 and sold it in 3 days for $12,000 in 1985. the same painting sold to the metropolitan about 5 yrs ago for $2.5 million.

  72. mantidgirl says:

    My best find so far is a $10 ceramic dog that sold for $100

  73. Deborah Lowe says:

    wish i could find something worth Millions…

  74. Kalle Klæp says:

    200 million $ for some old negatives..?? Come on man..that's hilarious! The childish drawing from Warhol…well I'd say throw it in the trash. Ugly as hell and the only reason for it's worth anything is his name on it…it's not even art..!

  75. Jason Argone says:

    Nice Video, well done and educational

  76. COSTAFINKEL says:

    Once, I purchased a pair of sneakers for $10 at a flea market. They were worth $10.50. Do you think I could make the list?

  77. Mary Mikel says:

    Jesus Christ is coming back soon be prepared

  78. Top 10 Archive says:

    What's the most valuable thing you've ever found?

  79. Eleazar Garcia says:

    I found a vintage Nerf gun, that's it

  80. I'm Aimée Miami says:

    Wait what kind of DNA did they get off that bed?

  81. MakeMoneyHobby. com says:



    i hear this guy everywhere…

  83. Laurie Beningfield says:

    there was a TV show back in 1975 or 1976 about a US military man taking a poodle off of the bed that was a queen's childhood bed they were looking for this little while have found it in a consignment shop in Florida I bought it and I have been looking for the bed and if anyone knows about this I wish there was a way you could call me 502-408-2819 my name is Lori benningfield

  84. Fred Lotz says:

    HUH verdy interdestinggggggg

  85. A T Morgan says:

    Bought a pair of the uglyist cowboy boots ever, covered in rhinestones, just because they were so ugly. Turns out they were a pair of nudie boots, worn by many country singers back in the 40s and 50s. Paid $5, and sold for $2800. I

  86. trkoby says:

    I'm just going to get a gun and end it all…..

  87. E Series says:

    I bought some binoculars worth 20 but I offered 15 so when I looked on the internet they were worth 200 dollars and then I’m like damn I got good luck

  88. Jim Butler says:

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  89. EPICWILTIME says:

    Finding Unicron in Earth must be a fortune north of billions. LOL

  90. Emma Marshall says:

    Damn it! I suddenly wanna go raid my local Salvos store!

  91. Andrew Bradford says:

    Getting harder and harder to get good deals now with all the attention the PICKERS and PAWN STARS have brought. I remember getting stuff for dollars and making huge flips. It still happens occasionally, but the internet has made people more aware, and serious buyers more aloof…

  92. YABOY JB says:

    I love Indiana so much I live in Indiana

  93. Terry B says:

    Time to get that T-Rex jawbone appraised that I found in the backyard.

  94. Jim Ellison says:

    GREAT VIDEO……………

  95. Julie Nicolas says:

    the most valuble thing I've found was 4 1960s cabbage patch kids for 2$! for all of them together

  96. Brian Race says:

    I have a used condom containing copious dna from the town "Mayor", whomso which forth self declares descent from Royal Loins. Approximate valuation Sir?

  97. carlos roman says:

    I have 1999 Donald Trump sticker.)

  98. Cary Graziano says:

    The worth of these items is astounding but just to see these things is stupification.
    I love AR! I learn about terminology, eras that certain artists were working, and just to look at these things that people just don't know enough about.

  99. Heartboylaflex Ccb Hbk says:

    i found that egg thing Sum1 throw me an offer

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