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25th Jun '16 3:53:20 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheTenthKingdom'', a magic mirror that will allow the heroes to go back to their own world is for sale dirt cheap, as no one knows what it is. When its true nature is discovered, however?

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magic mirror that will allow the heroes to go back to their own world is for sale dirt cheap, as no one knows what it is. When its true nature is discovered, however?



* This is more or less the premise of ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' -- it's essentially a Grail In The Garbage of the Week show. Your mileage may vary as to whether the eponymous warehouse itself qualifies as an "unlikely place". The Warehouse is more of a holding place. The Artifacts themselves are frequently found in odd places, like garage sales or the like. One Artifact is found in an old collection in someone's attic because they collected doorknobs and happened to find one from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

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* This is more or less the premise of ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' -- it's essentially a Grail In The Garbage of the Week show. Your mileage may vary as to whether the eponymous warehouse itself qualifies as an "unlikely place". The Warehouse is more of a holding place. The Artifacts themselves are frequently found in odd places, like garage sales or the like. One Artifact is found in an old collection in someone's attic because they collected doorknobs and happened to find one from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
12th Jun '16 5:41:26 PM AdamC
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-->'''Dr. Venture:''' ''(On why he's selling the Lightsaber)'' Kenner wasn't interested in making them for toys; they cost two million in parts alone. And the army said "We don't swordfight anymore."
** This trope is a recurring trend of The Venture Brothers, where items of indescribable power and fame inevitably wind up rusted and forgotten, gathering dust for one reason or another. In a later episode Dr. Venture is given a rare comic book worth millions of dollars that he casually hands off to one of his sons, who likewise is disappointed by the lack of Batman. It winds up being used as toilet paper and chewed up by a dog.
12th Jun '16 5:28:20 PM AdamC
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* A bizarre ''intentional'' example from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' in which Grodd breaks Luthor out of prison so that he and a small group of other super-villains can break into a hidden island base and steal the fabled Spear Of Longinus, which pierced the skin of Christ as he lay on the cross and supposedly would make whoever wielded it invincible. It's soon revealed that Grodd only arranged that heist as a test to see if Luthor could follow orders. Rather than wield the spear and attempt to conquer the world, or at the very least sell it to the highest bidder, Grodd intends to hang it on the wall of his office.
12th Jun '16 5:09:17 PM AdamC
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* Zig-zagged in ''Film/KillBill,'' when we discover Bill had commissioned Hattori Hanzo to craft a sword specifically for his younger brother Budd as a gift. Hanzo's swords are the greatest in the world, and Bill describes the one he had made for Budd as "Priceless." After Bill and Budd had a falling out, the former pawned it for $250. Bill is visibly heartbroken when he hears this. [[spoiler: Then subverted when it's revealed Budd kept the sword after all, showing he still had some love for his brother. Then played straight when it turns out he was keeping the sword in his golf bag with his clubs.]]

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* Zig-zagged in ''Film/KillBill,'' when we discover Bill had commissioned Hattori Hanzo to craft a sword specifically for his younger brother Budd as a gift. Hanzo's swords are the greatest in the world, and Bill describes the one he had made for Budd as "Priceless." After Bill and Budd had a falling out, the former latter pawned it for $250. Bill is visibly heartbroken when he hears this. [[spoiler: Then subverted when it's revealed Budd kept the sword after all, showing he still had some love for his brother. Then played straight when it turns out he was keeping the sword in his golf bag with his clubs.]]
12th Jun '16 5:08:48 PM AdamC
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* Zig-zagged in ''Film/KillBill,'' when we discover Bill had commissioned Hattori Hanzo to craft a sword specifically for his younger brother Budd as a gift. Hanzo's swords are the greatest in the world, and Bill describes the one he had made for Budd as "Priceless." After Bill and Budd had a falling out, the former pawned it for $250. Bill is visibly heartbroken when he hears this. [[spoiler: Then subverted when it's revealed Budd kept the sword after all, showing he still had some love for his brother. Then played straight when it turns out he was keeping the sword in his golf bag with his clubs.]]
8th Jun '16 10:02:54 PM KatanaCat
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\n* People who collect things such as vintage dolls can have this kind of discovery, with the things they collect appearing in [[http://mlparena.com/index.php/topic,379545.0.html all sorts of places]], including in thrift stores, lying by the side of the road, in trash cans and ''buried in the ground'', regardless of whether they're worth a few cents or upwards of ''$100''. People getting rid of their old toys and such don't generally look them up on the internet first to see if they're actually rare and valuable (or even worth much at all).
19th May '16 1:58:49 PM falcon2484
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* In ''My Science Project'', a high-school student breaks into a government junkyard and finds the warp drive of a downed alien spacecraft. Since he's in danger of getting a "D" in science class, he decides to pass the "gizmo" off as his science project. HilarityEnsues.
6th May '16 5:26:47 PM nombretomado
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* A frequent result of ''GaiaOnline'''s economy system. Limited-release items such as Monthly Collectibles or subsidized advertisement freebies can become popular and explode in value long after most users who actually got them have stashed and forgotten them, or possibly even left the site.

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* A frequent result of ''GaiaOnline'''s ''Website/GaiaOnline'''s economy system. Limited-release items such as Monthly Collectibles or subsidized advertisement freebies can become popular and explode in value long after most users who actually got them have stashed and forgotten them, or possibly even left the site.
19th Apr '16 11:20:54 PM Faberlich
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* Woody in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Al discovers him in a yard sale (accidentally; Mom doesn't think Woody should be thrown out) and rejoices that he's finally found ''his'' Holy Grail, as he's been collecting a full set to restore and sell to a museum.

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* Woody in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Al discovers him in a yard sale (accidentally; Mom doesn't think Woody should be thrown out) and rejoices that he's finally found ''his'' Holy Grail, as he's been collecting a full ''Woody's Roundup'' set to restore and sell to a museum.museum in Japan.
4th Apr '16 2:37:05 PM SomberCaelifera
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* On ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' this is invoked by the {{DirtyCop}}s of HR and then by a conman stealing from them . The Russian Mob is paying HR a lot of money to protect its drug operations and HR uses an antique dealer to launder the money. A friend or relative of one of the cops pretends to find a valuable piece of sports memorabilia and puts it up for auction. A crooked auctioneer authenticates it as real and the antiques dealer then outbids everyone at auction and uses the mob money to buy the item supposedly for his personal collection. All the taxes and fees are properly paid and the government is unlikely to question the source of the money. The conman discovers the scheme and hacks the emails HR sends to the antique dealer. He instructs the dealer to buy an autographed baseball for $2 million dollars. The dealer complies and upon returning to his store he puts the baseball into a pile of other old sports junk. A kid walks in from the street and buys the ball for a few dollars. Turns out that the baseball was authentic and really worth millions. The conman paid the kid to buy the ball and bring it to him.

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* On ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' this is invoked by the {{DirtyCop}}s of HR and then by a conman stealing from them . The Russian Mob is paying HR a lot of money to protect its drug operations and HR uses an antique dealer to launder the money. A friend or relative of one of the cops pretends to find a valuable piece of sports memorabilia and puts it up for auction. A crooked auctioneer authenticates it as real and the antiques dealer then outbids everyone at auction and uses the mob money to buy the item supposedly for his personal collection. All the taxes and fees are properly paid and the government is unlikely to question the source of the money. The conman discovers the scheme and hacks the emails HR sends to the antique dealer. He instructs the dealer to buy an autographed baseball for $2 2 million dollars. The dealer complies and upon returning to his store he puts the baseball into a pile of other old sports junk. A kid walks in from the street and buys the ball for a few dollars. Turns out that the baseball was authentic and really worth millions. The conman paid the kid to buy the ball and bring it to him.
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