Biggest Brisbane Airport Lost Property Auction begins

Proceeds to benefit Queensland children

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It is surprising what 20 million passengers leave behind inside Brisbane Airport’s terminals each year. 

Brisbane Airport’s Lost Property Auction is back with a record number of items, allowing the public to grab a bargain just before Christmas.  

673 lots are on offer, with online bidding closing progressively on Sunday 17 December from 10am.  

Around 60,000 people per day pass through the Domestic and International terminals each day, with passengers leaving behind many weird, wonderful, and valuable items.  

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

Rather than these valuables going into landfill, they go to auction with the proceeds benefitting young Queenslanders through the Courier-Mail Children’s Fund

Last year’s auction raised $66k with the funds this week distributed to Zephyr Education, Speld and Traction

There are no reserves on any items, so everything must go with the auction run by Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers.  

“Each year this auction gets bigger and bigger as more passengers travel through the terminal. Some of the items left behind in the terminal are simply because passengers have exceeded their baggage limit and choose to leave them,” according to Stephen Beckett, Head of Public Affairs at Brisbane Airport.  

“We’re hoping to raise as much as we can because the proceeds are going to support Queensland Children’s charities to help kids who are vulnerable and suffering disadvantage so we’re hoping people get right behind the Brisbane Airport Lost Property auction.” 

Unclaimed items going under the hammer include: 

  • Dozens and dozens of laptops, ipads and phones 
  • Power banks  
  • Fine jewelry 9-18 carrot and fashion jewelry including rings and bracelets 
  • New Dyson vacuum cleaner still in box 
  • GoPro Hero 6 
  • DJI Drone 
  • Nintendo Switch OLED 
  • Nintendo Wii 
  • PlayStation One 
  • Massage Guns 
  • Watches and Apple Watches and fitness trackers 
  • Kindles 
  • Portable speakers (lots of these) 
  • White Gucci bag with gold chain and emblem on front 
  • Assorted Vinyl/Records, Includes, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, and The Eagles 
  • BMX bike 
  • Noise counselling headphones 
  • Air pods (so many!)  
  • Shoes 
  • New perfume 
  • Star Wars memorabilia 
  • Cameras 
  • Monitors 
  • Keyboards 
  • Exercise equipment 
  • Ashtrays 
  • White fascinator style hats 
  • Binoculars 
  • Tripods 
  • Selfie sticks 
  • Ring lights 
  • Hair straighteners 
  • Hair trimmers 
  • Purses 
  • 4-piece cooking set 
  • Guitars 
  • Mandolin 
  • Surfboards 
  • Boogieboards  
  • Tennis rackets 
  • Fire Extinguisher 
  • Dartboard 
  • Adjustable crutches 
  • Umbrellas 
  • Games 
  • Wallets  
  • Artworks 
  • Spirit Level 
  • Fishing rods 
  • Cricket bats 
  • Hockey sticks 
  • Tent 
  • Savor Visor Stereo Ski Helmet 
  • Runners  
  • Homewares 
  • Baby Carrier 
  • Prams 
  • Porta-cots 
  • Garment Steamer 
  • Skateboards 
  • Sunglasses 
  • CPAP machines 

“Grab yourself a bargain. Know that we’re not throwing this stuff out, it’s not going to landfill, but the money is making a difference in the lives of Queensland children.” 

To boost the fundraising effort, Brisbane Airport has also added some special items, including a money-can't-buy behind the scenes tour of the airport, as well as a 1 year of parking at the Domestic Terminal. 

Additional items include: 

“We’ve got some aviation signage from our runway which aviation enthusiasts absolutely love. We’ve got a year's worth of airport parking at the Domestic Terminal, so if you’re a regular traveller for work or leisure, your own car space would be very handy.” 

 The online auction will end on Sunday 17 December with lots progressively closed off from 10am and continuing throughout the day. 

To bid head to 

Auction images can be downloaded here 

For interview contact Brisbane Airports 24/7 media contact: 0466 322 485