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20th Jul '17 9:42:07 AM Madrugada
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* Both inverted and subverted with the actual Grail by ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'': The Grail Chamber is lined with hundreds of beautiful "grails", with one old, ratty piece of garbage in among them -- and then that "garbage" cup turns out to be the ''actual'' Grail, and all the beautiful cups are revealed to be very lethal pieces of garbage.
3rd Jul '17 12:27:05 PM Piterpicher
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* In November '99, the WCW World Television title belt was thrown in the trash by ScottHall after he decided he had no interest in defending it. It was randomly found in a dumpster by HacksawJimDuggan a few months later, after which he claimed (and was recognized) as the new Television Champion. He was, in fact, the final champion, as the title itself was retired just two months later.

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* In November '99, the WCW World Television title belt was thrown in the trash by ScottHall after he decided he had no interest in defending it. It was randomly found in a dumpster by HacksawJimDuggan Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan a few months later, after which he claimed (and was recognized) as the new Television Champion. He was, in fact, the final champion, as the title itself was retired just two months later.
8th Jun '17 12:45:52 PM xcountryguy
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It's an artifact of earth-shaking power. Its value is immeasurable, its history is the stuff of legends. It's.... being offered at a clearance price at the [[LastPlaceYouLook local discount store]].

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It's an artifact of earth-shaking power. Its value is immeasurable, its history is the stuff of legends. It's....It's... being offered at a clearance price at the [[LastPlaceYouLook local discount store]].



* In ''The Serpent's Egg'' trilogy, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Typhoon]] gives a busted up crown to [[BrattyHalfPint Penelope]] as a reward for watching a very much alive and ready to hatch ''dragon egg'', which she was told was a rock. It was far bigger than her. [[spoiler:The dinky little thing turned out to be the [[MacGuffin Crown]] they had been looking for the entire time, but didn't realize it till she placed it on the head... of the enemy. It proceeded to [[GoodHurtsEvil kill the ]][[TwistEnding evil]]. Then, she put it on the Elf Prince's head, to no real effect.]] Notably, she tried to steal from Typhoon earlier, and had to clean his entire hoard with a bowl of... [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment spittle]]. Which was pretty stupid, seeing as he literally saved their lives from a damn army before that. [[spoiler: But maybe, Typhoon knew about it, being the leader of the Black Dragons.]]

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* In ''The Serpent's Egg'' trilogy, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Typhoon]] gives a busted up crown to [[BrattyHalfPint Penelope]] as a reward for watching a very much alive and ready to hatch ''dragon egg'', which she was told was a rock. It was far bigger than her. [[spoiler:The dinky little thing turned out to be the [[MacGuffin Crown]] they had been looking for the entire time, but didn't realize it till she placed it on the head... of the enemy. It proceeded to [[GoodHurtsEvil kill the ]][[TwistEnding evil]]. Then, she put it on the Elf Prince's head, to no real effect.]] Notably, she tried to steal from Typhoon earlier, and had to clean his entire hoard with a bowl of... [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment spittle]]. Which was pretty stupid, seeing as he literally saved their lives from a damn army before that. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But maybe, Typhoon knew about it, being the leader of the Black Dragons.]]



* The Literature/HerculePoirot novel ''After the Funeral'' includes the character of Cora Lansquenet whose hobby is going to various yard sales and antique shops in order to buy paintings that she thinks might be valuable. She did find one of modest value once, but it was mostly luck, and her art dealer friend makes it clear that Cora didn't really have the eye for art that she thought she did. [[spoiler: It turns out that one of the paintings she'd bought on her most recent buying spree was an original Vermeer, but she never recognized it for what it was.]]

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* The Literature/HerculePoirot novel ''After the Funeral'' includes the character of Cora Lansquenet whose hobby is going to various yard sales and antique shops in order to buy paintings that she thinks might be valuable. She did find one of modest value once, but it was mostly luck, and her art dealer friend makes it clear that Cora didn't really have the eye for art that she thought she did. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out that one of the paintings she'd bought on her most recent buying spree was an original Vermeer, but she never recognized it for what it was.]]



* Will inevitably happen sometimes in just about any game with a randomized loot system. Sooner or later, if not all the time, you're bound to find a magical weapon or artifact worth a fortune in the trash, unceremoniously stashed in a random barrel that looks no different from the last ten thousand you smashed, in a large pile of monster droppings....

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* Will inevitably happen sometimes in just about any game with a randomized loot system. Sooner or later, if not all the time, you're bound to find a magical weapon or artifact worth a fortune in the trash, unceremoniously stashed in a random barrel that looks no different from the last ten thousand you smashed, in a large pile of monster droppings....droppings...



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Far Song, generally considered one of if not the best bow in the game, has apparently spent decades sitting buried in the stockroom of a tiny podunk blacksmith shop in Redcliffe. [[spoiler: It's so well-buried that the only way to get it is to kill Owen, or get him to commit suicide by failing to find his daughter, and wait for his replacement to move in and go through his stuff.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Far Song, generally considered one of if not the best bow in the game, has apparently spent decades sitting buried in the stockroom of a tiny podunk blacksmith shop in Redcliffe. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's so well-buried that the only way to get it is to kill Owen, or get him to commit suicide by failing to find his daughter, and wait for his replacement to move in and go through his stuff.]]



** Also in Eldin Volcano, there is a crystal ball that adorns the entrance to the Earth Temple. [[spoiler: A good replacement for Sparrot's crystal ball when it breaks.]]
** In Lanayru Desert, there is a color wheel in a hill southeast. [[spoiler: This is the wheel Dodoh lost while he was preparing the last details for his flight minigame.]]
* Character-based example: The seemingly mute dinosaur in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', located next to the underground caverns south of Thorntail Hollow is [[spoiler: the fourth Gatekeeper, giving access to Dragon Rock.]]

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** Also in Eldin Volcano, there is a crystal ball that adorns the entrance to the Earth Temple. [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A good replacement for Sparrot's crystal ball when it breaks.]]
** In Lanayru Desert, there is a color wheel in a hill southeast. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is the wheel Dodoh lost while he was preparing the last details for his flight minigame.]]
* Character-based example: The seemingly mute dinosaur in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', located next to the underground caverns south of Thorntail Hollow is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the fourth Gatekeeper, giving access to Dragon Rock.]]



* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-23203033 A man]] found vintage comics worth £20,000 (US $24,972) in a dumpster...and used them to make a papier-mâché sculpture.

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* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-23203033 A man]] found vintage comics worth £20,000 (US $24,972) in a dumpster... and used them to make a papier-mâché sculpture.
22nd May '17 3:15:15 PM TheDocCC
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** Bob comes along and lo-and-behold, he's a professor of violinology and that violin is a lost [[ShoutOut Eric Zann]] masterpiece. [[ShoutOut It belongs in a museum]] and Bob knows where to get one. Bob also has a suspiciously convenient flight to catch and is about to dash off, but asks Charlie if he would be ever-so-kind to tell the violin's owner that Bob's museum would pay an outrageous sum for the violin, fifty, a hundred, five hundred thousand. He leaves behind a business card.

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** Bob comes along and lo-and-behold, he's a professor of violinology and that violin is a lost [[ShoutOut Eric Zann]] masterpiece. [[ShoutOut It belongs in a museum]] and Bob knows where to get one. a museum that will pay a fortune for it. Bob also has a suspiciously convenient flight to catch and is about to dash off, but asks Charlie if he would be ever-so-kind to tell the violin's owner that Bob's museum would pay an outrageous sum for the violin, fifty, a hundred, five hundred thousand. off. He leaves behind a business card.card. "Please, sir, kindly tell the owner of this beautiful instrument we're willing to meet even an exorbitant demand for it."
22nd May '17 3:13:13 PM TheDocCC
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* The ViolinScam is mentioned above and relies on convince a person this trope is in effect. It is a two-man con; let's call our conmen Alice and Bob, while Charlie is their victim. Note: the con doesn't always use a violin, but always relies on convincing someone that a very expensive object is being kept in the garbage by a person unaware of its value.
** Alice meets Charlie in the bar and she tells him her sad tale of being nearly broke and having to sell her old, crummy violin. She's made a living with the old girl, but now she's broke and boo-hoo, she has to pawn her violin for few hundred dollars. Alice then exits the scene, asking Charlie to watch the instrument for her as she uses the restroom or whatever.
** Bob comes along and lo-and-behold, he's a professor of violinology and that violin is a lost [[ShoutOut Eric Zann]] masterpiece. [[ShoutOut It belongs in a museum]] and Bob knows where to get one. Bob also has a suspiciously convenient flight to catch and is about to dash off, but asks Charlie if he would be ever-so-kind to tell the violin's owner that Bob's museum would pay an outrageous sum for the violin, fifty, a hundred, five hundred thousand. He leaves behind a business card.
** Alice comes back, and unless Charlie immediately tries to tell him about Bob's offer, Alice offers to sell her violin to Bob for a sum that's a bit better than what the pawnshop will give her because she feels Charlie's just such a nice guy and surely he's got a kid or a niece whom the old girl would suit. If Charlie gets greedy and takes the bait, Alice leaves the violin with Charlie and walks off. She meets back up with Bob and they split a few hundred dollars and find the next mark for their con, their trunk full of $25 USD WalMart violins. Charlie will never see Alice, Bob, or his money again.
20th May '17 2:44:14 PM jamespolk
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See also ViolinScam, which is a form of TheCon in which the ConMan makes the mark believe that the two of them have found a valuable item, when the item is actually worthless.



* One of the oldest confidence tricks in the business of cons runs on making the mark believe this trope is in effect. The mark (target) of the con is convinced that the first conman has a very valuable grail in the garbage. A second conman poses as an expert and points out the valuable item, only to miss a chance to meet the owner and ask to buy it from him for a ludicrous sum. The second conman asks the mark to kindly send the his info along to the first conman. The first conman then proves willing to sell the item to the mark for far less than the second conman's asking price; if the greedy mark doesn't disclose the higher price offered by the second conman, he could make quite a killing. Or he would, if the item wasn't absolute crap in the first place. Also called a ViolinScam.
-->'''First Conman:''' Oh, boy, I'm really sad about having to sell my old violin here, but I think the pawn shop will give me a hundred a fifty dollars for it. Say, would you watch my drink while I go to the bathroom?\\
'''Mark:''' Sure thing, pal. ''[the First Conman leaves]''\\
'''Second Conman:''' Oh, hello! It's nice to meet you. I'm Professor Stradivarius of the Violin Institute of Italy, and I have never before seen anyone with an [[ShoutOut Erich Zann]] original! I have a plane that's suspiciously inconveniently timed to catch, so could I ask you to give my card to the owner of the violin when he comes back? I'd be willing to offer him at least twenty five thousand dollars for the instrument, more after we have a chance to inspect it. Ta ta! ''[hasty exit, the First Conman returns presently]''\\
'''Mark:''' Say, you seem to be in some trouble. And my kid wants to join the orchestra. What if I give you five hundred for the violin?\\
'''First Conman:''' Well, gee, sir. That's mighty kind of you. ''[they do the deal; the First Conman walks out to his car, whistling merrily, and digs another [[https://www.walmart.com/ip/Zimtown-2016-Hot-4-4-Full-Size-Natural-Acoustic-Violin-Fiddle-with-Case-Bow-Rosin/517927625?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4731&adid=22222222227066299391&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=170951745999&wl4=pla-51342481927&wl5=9028167&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113841436&wl11=online&wl12=517927625&wl13=&veh=sem WalMart violin]] out of his trunk]''
:: Needless to say, there are ''many'' versions of this con, but this is the classic version.

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* One of the oldest confidence tricks in the business of cons runs on making the mark believe this trope is in effect. The mark (target) of the con is convinced that the first conman has a very valuable grail in the garbage. A second conman poses as an expert and points out the valuable item, only to miss a chance to meet the owner and ask to buy it from him for a ludicrous sum. The second conman asks the mark to kindly send the his info along to the first conman. The first conman then proves willing to sell the item to the mark for far less than the second conman's asking price; if the greedy mark doesn't disclose the higher price offered by the second conman, he could make quite a killing. Or he would, if the item wasn't absolute crap in the first place. Also called a ViolinScam.
-->'''First Conman:''' Oh, boy, I'm really sad about having to sell my old violin here, but I think the pawn shop will give me a hundred a fifty dollars for it. Say, would you watch my drink while I go to the bathroom?\\
'''Mark:''' Sure thing, pal. ''[the First Conman leaves]''\\
'''Second Conman:''' Oh, hello! It's nice to meet you. I'm Professor Stradivarius of the Violin Institute of Italy, and I have never before seen anyone with an [[ShoutOut Erich Zann]] original! I have a plane that's suspiciously inconveniently timed to catch, so could I ask you to give my card to the owner of the violin when he comes back? I'd be willing to offer him at least twenty five thousand dollars for the instrument, more after we have a chance to inspect it. Ta ta! ''[hasty exit, the First Conman returns presently]''\\
'''Mark:''' Say, you seem to be in some trouble. And my kid wants to join the orchestra. What if I give you five hundred for the violin?\\
'''First Conman:''' Well, gee, sir. That's mighty kind of you. ''[they do the deal; the First Conman walks out to his car, whistling merrily, and digs another [[https://www.walmart.com/ip/Zimtown-2016-Hot-4-4-Full-Size-Natural-Acoustic-Violin-Fiddle-with-Case-Bow-Rosin/517927625?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4731&adid=22222222227066299391&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=170951745999&wl4=pla-51342481927&wl5=9028167&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113841436&wl11=online&wl12=517927625&wl13=&veh=sem WalMart violin]] out of his trunk]''
:: Needless to say, there are ''many'' versions of this con, but this is the classic version.
17th May '17 3:44:45 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': The motive for the murder in "Framed". A woman purchased a painting from a thrift shop, not realising it was a lost masterpiece. The used the painting as a canvas and painted a cat painting over the top of it. A gallery worker saw the painting and identified what it really was, and bought the painting; planning to strip off the cat painting. When the woman discovered the truth, she attempted to reclaim the painting and ended up killing the gallery worker.
16th May '17 1:15:07 AM MadCormorant
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** [[FridgeHorror One can only speculate]] [[SealedEvilInACan as to why it was hidden there...]]

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** [[FridgeHorror One can only speculate]] [[SealedEvilInACan as to why it was hidden there...]]]][[note]]On a more prosaic note, underground locales do not experience the temperature variations encountered above ground, and generally has temperatures that reflect the yearly average temperature found at the location (usually fairly cool). A salt mine would further have the advantage of having relatively steady humidity levels, and combined with the low temperature, it makes for a naturally good location to store film.[[/note]]
28th Apr '17 2:13:45 PM Kalaong
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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', there is a powerful KillSat, but the controller and targeting device is long lost... [[spoiler:You find it in the hands of a street urchin in East Side, who's using it as a toy gun because... [[LethalJokeWeapon It looks like a toy gun]]. Mercifully, the safety's still on and you may or may not have armed the satellite yet.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', there is a powerful KillSat, but the controller and targeting device is long lost... [[spoiler:You find it in the hands of a street urchin in East Side, who's using it as a toy gun because... [[LethalJokeWeapon It looks like a toy gun]]. Mercifully, Good news; the safety's still on and system is down, meaning it pretty much ''is'' just a toy gun. Bad news; you may or may not have armed the satellite yet.]]can re-activate it. Without even ''meeting'' said urchin]].
22nd Apr '17 8:59:43 AM StFan
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* In ''{{Ressentiment}}'', the game containing the original AI girl of which all others are simplified copies is found lying under a rack of disks in an ordinary game shop.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', one of Zoro's swords, which is cursed, but immensely powerful if it can be controlled, was found in the armory equivalent of a bargain bin, precisely because it was cursed.

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* In ''{{Ressentiment}}'', ''Manga/{{Ressentiment}}'', the game containing the original AI A.I. girl of which all others are simplified copies is found lying under a rack of disks in an ordinary game shop.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', one of Zoro's swords, which is cursed, but immensely powerful if it can be controlled, was is found in the armory equivalent of a bargain bin, precisely because it was is cursed.



* Seen in a ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' spinoff, in which a medieval woman warrior called Katarina Godliffe ([[MST3KMantra don't ask about the plausibility]]) discovers the Witchblade while shoveling manure in the year 1175.

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* Seen in a ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'' spinoff, in which a medieval woman warrior called Katarina Godliffe ([[MST3KMantra don't ask about the plausibility]]) discovers the Witchblade while shoveling manure in the year 1175.



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* In the WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents fanfiction, ''Fanfic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', [[JerkassGenie Norm's]] [[GenieInABottle lava lamp]] winds up in a second-hand junk store. It was sold for six dollars.

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* In the WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' fanfiction, ''Fanfic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', [[JerkassGenie Norm's]] [[GenieInABottle lava lamp]] winds up in a second-hand junk store. It was is sold for six dollars.



* Both inverted and subverted with the actual Grail by ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'': The Grail Chamber is lined with hundreds of beautiful 'grails', with one old, ratty piece of garbage in among them- and then that 'garbage' cup turns out to be the ''actual'' Grail, and all the beautiful cups are revealed to be very lethal pieces of garbage.

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* Both inverted and subverted with the actual Grail by ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'': The Grail Chamber is lined with hundreds of beautiful 'grails', "grails", with one old, ratty piece of garbage in among them- them -- and then that 'garbage' "garbage" cup turns out to be the ''actual'' Grail, and all the beautiful cups are revealed to be very lethal pieces of garbage.



* 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 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.]]

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* Zig-zagged in ''Film/KillBill,'' ''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." "Priceless". After Bill and Budd had a falling out, the latter pawned it for $250. Bill is visibly heartbroken when he hears this. [[spoiler: Then [[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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* ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' has the witches hide the crown of the kingdom of Lancre in the prop box of a troupe of actors, among several fake crowns made of painted tin and glass jewels. The real crown goes unnoticed and ignored for years, because it is a simple and plain coronet, and the others look so much fancier.
* In the fourth and last book of the ''ShadowGrail'' series, the heroes find various items from Arthurian myth that they need (including the Grail) disguised as ordinary items in a junk box at the Goodwill store.

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* ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' has the witches hide the crown of the kingdom of Lancre in the prop box of a troupe of actors, among several fake crowns made of painted tin and glass jewels. The real crown goes unnoticed and ignored for years, because it is a simple and plain coronet, and the others look so much fancier.
* In the fourth and last book of the ''ShadowGrail'' ''Literature/ShadowGrail'' series, the heroes find various items from Arthurian myth that they need (including the Grail) disguised as ordinary items in a junk box at the Goodwill store.



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Variant. Harry King is in charge of all of Ankh-Morpork's sanitation and recycling, from chamber pots to dog muck to trash. He is constantly bewildered that people ''let'' him be in charge of all this. People pay him to take away their chamber pots and trash. He then sells this waste to anyone who needs it, from tanners to gardeners, then gets paid to take away ''their'' waste too, which he then sells to someone else. It barely takes him any time at all to become the richest man in the city, and all it cost him was his sense of smell.
-->Harry King felt like the only man in a mine who knew what gold looked like.
* One of these forms the entire basis of the plot in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. Dwarves have access to a number of fanatastical items, including items simply called Cubes: small, nigh-indestructible boxes that are able to record sounds and play them back from ages past. Considered to be completely priceless, they are jealously held, and even the rumor of a Cube is able to launch a dwarven expedition to recover it. And one of the most important ones ever, containing [[spoiler:the official words of peace between the kings of the Trolls and the Dwarves from the infamous Battle of Koom Valley]], is found at the bottom of an old abandoned well under a heap of mud and rubbish.


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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' has the witches hide the crown of the kingdom of Lancre in the prop box of a troupe of actors, among several fake crowns made of painted tin and glass jewels. The real crown goes unnoticed and ignored for years, because it is a simple and plain coronet, and the others look so much fancier.
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Variant. Harry King is in charge of all of Ankh-Morpork's sanitation and recycling, from chamber pots to dog muck to trash. He is constantly bewildered that people ''let'' him be in charge of all this. People pay him to take away their chamber pots and trash. He then sells this waste to anyone who needs it, from tanners to gardeners, then gets paid to take away ''their'' waste too, which he then sells to someone else. It barely takes him any time at all to become the richest man in the city, and all it cost him was his sense of smell.
-->Harry --->''Harry King felt like the only man in a mine who knew what gold looked like.
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One of these forms the entire basis of the plot in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. Dwarves have access to a number of fanatastical fantastical items, including items simply called Cubes: small, nigh-indestructible boxes that are able to record sounds and play them back from ages past. Considered to be completely priceless, they are jealously held, and even the rumor of a Cube is able to launch a dwarven expedition to recover it. And one of the most important ones ever, containing [[spoiler:the official words of peace between the kings of the Trolls and the Dwarves from the infamous Battle of Koom Valley]], is found at the bottom of an old abandoned well under a heap of mud and rubbish. \n\n



* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', the geeks go to a yard sale and buy a box of grab bag items. One item turns out to be a missing prop from the ''Lord Of The Rings'' movie -- The One Ring (well, one of three copies of the One Ring used in the film). Hilarity ensues as they all struggle to possess this 'precious'.

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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', the geeks go to a yard sale and buy a box of grab bag items. One item turns out to be a missing prop from the ''Lord Of The Rings'' ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movie -- The One Ring (well, one of three copies of the One Ring used in the film). Hilarity ensues as they all struggle to possess this 'precious'."precious".



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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic's'' Season 4 finale, the medallion worn by Discord, which Tirek dismissed as "worthless" and gave to him as an "empty gesture", is actually the final MacGuffin for unlocking the Rainbow Power chest. Played with in that the medallion itself has no real value; only when Discord gives it to Twilight as a sincere gesture of friendship does it have actual power.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic's'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 4 finale, the medallion worn by Discord, which Tirek dismissed as "worthless" and gave to him as an "empty gesture", is actually the final MacGuffin for unlocking the Rainbow Power chest. Played with in that the medallion itself has no real value; only when Discord gives it to Twilight as a sincere gesture of friendship does it have gets actual power.



-->'''Wanda:''' Cosmo, I found something!
-->'''Cosmo:''' Let me guess. ''Another'' Holy Grail?

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-->'''Wanda:''' Cosmo, I found something!
-->'''Cosmo:'''
something!\\
'''Cosmo:'''
Let me guess. ''Another'' Holy Grail?



* Continuing in the world of art: the famous masterpiece of Caravaggio's, ''The Taking of Christ'', was long thought lost, but was eventually rediscovered in 1990, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Taking_of_Christ_%28Caravaggio%29 hanging in a Jesuit residence in Dublin]], where it had been confused by both the Jesuits and the lady who donated it for either a print or a copy made by the artist Gerard van Honthorst. Interestingly, the story of how the painting was rediscovered contains a second GrailInTheGarbage moment: the manner in which the conservator of Ireland's National Gallery found it, and could prove its authenticity, was due to the work of two graduate students in Rome who had found proof of its commissioning by the Italian family that originally sold it as a copy--in an ancient and decaying account book, kept in the cellar of a palazzo in the small town of Recanati.

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* Continuing in the world of art: the famous masterpiece of Caravaggio's, ''The Taking of Christ'', was long thought lost, but was eventually rediscovered in 1990, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Taking_of_Christ_%28Caravaggio%29 hanging in a Jesuit residence in Dublin]], where it had been confused by both the Jesuits and the lady who donated it for either a print or a copy made by the artist Gerard van Honthorst. Interestingly, the story of how the painting was rediscovered contains a second GrailInTheGarbage moment: the manner in which the conservator of Ireland's National Gallery found it, and could prove its authenticity, was due to the work of two graduate students in Rome who had found proof of its commissioning by the Italian family that originally sold it as a copy--in copy -- in an ancient and decaying account book, kept in the cellar of a palazzo in the small town of Recanati.



--> First Conman: Oh, boy, I'm really sad about having to sell my old violin here, but I think the pawn shop will give me a hundred a fifty dollars for it. Say, would you watch my drink while I go to the bathroom?
--> Mark: Sure thing, pal. ''The First Conman leaves.''
--> Second Conman: Oh, hello! It's nice to meet you. I'm Professor Stradivarius of the Violin Institute of Italy, and I have never before seen anyone with an [[ShoutOut Erich Zann]] original! I have a plane that's suspiciously inconveniently timed to catch, so could I ask you to give my card to the owner of the violin when he comes back? I'd be willing to offer him at least twenty five thousand dollars for the instrument, more after we have a chance to inspect it. Ta ta! ''Hasty exit. The First Conman returns presently.''
--> Mark: Say, you seem to be in some trouble. And my kid wants to join the orchestra. What if I give you five hundred for the violin?
--> First Conman: Well, gee, sir. That's mighty kind of you. ''They do the deal. The First Conman walks out to his car, whistling merrily, and digs another [[https://www.walmart.com/ip/Zimtown-2016-Hot-4-4-Full-Size-Natural-Acoustic-Violin-Fiddle-with-Case-Bow-Rosin/517927625?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4731&adid=22222222227066299391&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=170951745999&wl4=pla-51342481927&wl5=9028167&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113841436&wl11=online&wl12=517927625&wl13=&veh=sem WalMart violin]] out of his trunk.''
** Needless to say, there are ''many'' versions of this con, but this is the classic version.

to:

--> First Conman: -->'''First Conman:''' Oh, boy, I'm really sad about having to sell my old violin here, but I think the pawn shop will give me a hundred a fifty dollars for it. Say, would you watch my drink while I go to the bathroom?
--> Mark:
bathroom?\\
'''Mark:'''
Sure thing, pal. ''The ''[the First Conman leaves.''
--> Second Conman:
leaves]''\\
'''Second Conman:'''
Oh, hello! It's nice to meet you. I'm Professor Stradivarius of the Violin Institute of Italy, and I have never before seen anyone with an [[ShoutOut Erich Zann]] original! I have a plane that's suspiciously inconveniently timed to catch, so could I ask you to give my card to the owner of the violin when he comes back? I'd be willing to offer him at least twenty five thousand dollars for the instrument, more after we have a chance to inspect it. Ta ta! ''Hasty exit. The ''[hasty exit, the First Conman returns presently.''
--> Mark:
presently]''\\
'''Mark:'''
Say, you seem to be in some trouble. And my kid wants to join the orchestra. What if I give you five hundred for the violin?
--> First Conman:
violin?\\
'''First Conman:'''
Well, gee, sir. That's mighty kind of you. ''They ''[they do the deal. The deal; the First Conman walks out to his car, whistling merrily, and digs another [[https://www.walmart.com/ip/Zimtown-2016-Hot-4-4-Full-Size-Natural-Acoustic-Violin-Fiddle-with-Case-Bow-Rosin/517927625?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4731&adid=22222222227066299391&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=170951745999&wl4=pla-51342481927&wl5=9028167&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113841436&wl11=online&wl12=517927625&wl13=&veh=sem WalMart violin]] out of his trunk.''
**
trunk]''
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