Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction

Theodore Bruce is delighted to this year host the annual Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction. Since 2013, the auction has raised more than $1.4 million for local and national charities. To be offered over four themed auctions, the collection thousands of unclaimed items.

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Introducing the auctions

Since 2013, Sydney Airport’s lost property auctions have raised over $1.4 million for charity.

This year, funds raised will be donated to the wonderful Bayside Women’s Shelter, an organisation that is passionate about helping women and children escape domestic and family violence and homelessness.

The auctions will feature laptops & tech accessories, fashion, wine, homewares & jewellery. Bidding on all lots starts at just $5.

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Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction SelectionAbout the Sydney Airport Lost Property Collection

Prior to COVID, Sydney Airport welcomed more than 44 million passengers annually. With thousands passing through the terminal every day, it’s no surprise things do get left behind inside the airport’s three terminals – on seats, in bathrooms, sometimes at the back of queues.

Sydney Airport has a dedicated team that works very hard to reunite these items with their owners. In the last year alone, they successfully returned more than 4,000 items to passengers.

Sydney Airport donates anything that remains unclaimed to local charities – or they are auctioned for charity in the annual Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction.

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What to expect

This wonderful & eclectic collection includes some things you’d expect to get left behind at the airport, and some that are a little surprising – including a violin, hedge trimmer & sun lounge. There’s a 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road on vinyl. And buyers can also bid on:

• 120+ laptops
• 20+ phones and tablets
• 60+ headphones
• 16 cameras
• 15 Bluetooth speakers
• 140+ jewellery items
• 40+ bottles of wine/spirits
• 60+ sunglasses and glasses
• 50+ handbags, backpacks and wallets


Hands on laptopHow To Join the Auctions

Theodore Bruce will present the Sydney Airport Lost Property collection over four timed online auctions.

View – You may view all catalogues from Sunday 5 February. Please keep an eye on this page or Upcoming Auctions.

Register – All bidders need to register, and you can do this quickly and easily by clicking the ‘Register to Bid’ link at the base of any lot description in the auction.

Bid – You can bid as soon as the auctions are live. Bidding on the first lot closes at the published auction closing time, with subsequent lots in that auction closing 30 seconds apart.

Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction SelectionTips for first-time auction buyers

If you’re new to auctions, please take a look around our website for information on buying & shipping.

We also recommend that you:

  • Click – the art frame icon that is the first lot in every auction. This is where you find all terms & conditions including buyer fees.
  • Read – the lot description carefully for details on item condition and dimensions.
  • Look – at all photos. These may show the items/s from several directions and include any important markings.
  • Consider – shipping costs. Our shipping department can provide quotes for small item postage and recommend carriers for larger items.
  • Contact – the auction specialists with any questions (see Auction Preview for contact details).

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Sydney Airport Lost Property

Tech | Cameras | Gaming | Saturday 11 February | Closing 11am

Handbags, Sunglasses, Clothing & Shoes | Saturday 11 February | Closing 2pm

Jewellery & Watches | Sunday 12 February | Closing 11am

Beauty, Alcohol, Art & Homewares | Sunday 12 February | Closing 2pm



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