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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.
24th Mar '16 11:18:54 PM apfelschorle
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* William Harnett's painting Ease was caught in the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. It was assumed to have been destroyed. [[https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1798&dat=19710923&id=5PceAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DY0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=4832,4534314&hl=en/ That is until it turned up in some lady's basement in 1971]]. It had been damaged in the fire and had been trimmed during repairs, also removing the artist's signature. The woman ended up selling the painting for $350,000 and it's now [[http://www.cartermuseum.org/artworks/12915/ prominently displayed in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art]].

19th Mar '16 6:06:24 AM Hossmeister
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10th Mar '16 5:12:03 AM DannWoolf
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* Early on in ''Manga/DragonBall'', Goku travels to Master Roshi's island to borrow the Bansho Fan, the one thing that can extinguish the fire on Frypan Mountain, only to find out that Roshi was [[PricelessPaperweight using it as a tablecloth]]... and he had thrown it out because he spilled soup on it! Fortunately Roshi manages to put out the fire another way: by... blowing up the mountain with a Kamehameha.
7th Jan '16 11:17:25 PM FordPrefect
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* [[http://motherboard.vice.com/read/someone-in-alabama-sold-a-priceless-lunar-rover-for-scrap-metal Someone in Alabama sold an extremely rare lunar rover to a scrap yard.]] Luckily, A junk dealer recognised it and spared it from being cut into little pieces.
* A woman in in San Fransisco [[http://www.cnet.com/news/woman-tosses-200000-apple-i-computer-into-recycling/ brought a 200000 dollar apple I computer to a recycling center]], unaware of its rarity.

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* [[http://motherboard.vice.com/read/someone-in-alabama-sold-a-priceless-lunar-rover-for-scrap-metal Someone in Alabama sold an extremely rare lunar rover to a scrap yard.]] Luckily, A a junk dealer recognised it and spared it from being cut into little pieces.
* A woman in in San Fransisco Francisco [[http://www.cnet.com/news/woman-tosses-200000-apple-i-computer-into-recycling/ brought a 200000 dollar apple $200,000 Apple I computer to a recycling center]], unaware of its rarity.
7th Jan '16 11:15:28 PM FordPrefect
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* An even more extraordinary Declaration of Independence was found in 1991. A man shopping in an Adamstown, PA flea market bought an old painting for $4 because he wanted the frame. He removed the painting and found underneath it a copy of the Declaration of Independence. It was one of approximtely 200 "Dunlap broadsides", the ''first ever printing of the Declaration'', produced by Philadelphia printer John Dunlap when the handwritten copy was brought to him from Congress on July 4, 1776. It was the 25th Dunlap broadside known to survive. It sold at auction for $2.42 million.

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* An even more extraordinary Declaration of Independence was found in 1991. A man shopping in an Adamstown, PA flea market bought an old painting for $4 because he wanted the frame. He removed the painting and found underneath it a copy of the Declaration of Independence. It was one of approximtely approximately 200 "Dunlap broadsides", the ''first ever printing of the Declaration'', produced by Philadelphia printer John Dunlap when the handwritten copy was brought to him from Congress on July 4, 1776. It was the 25th Dunlap broadside known to survive. It sold at auction for $2.42 million.
7th Jan '16 11:14:04 PM FordPrefect
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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 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.
7th Jan '16 11:13:34 PM FordPrefect
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* Rene Artois, of ''Series/AlloAllo'' has an old painting in his cafe which Rene's father accepted from a penniless Dutchman in return for a meal. He thinks it's worthless until the cultured General von Klinkerhoffern drops in and immediately realises [[Creator/VincentVanGogh who the penniless Dutchman actually was]].

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* Rene Artois, Artois of ''Series/AlloAllo'' has an old painting in his cafe which Rene's father accepted from a penniless Dutchman in return for a meal. He thinks it's worthless until the cultured General von Klinkerhoffern drops in and immediately realises [[Creator/VincentVanGogh who the penniless Dutchman actually was]].
6th Jan '16 4:57:28 PM nombretomado
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* [[DittoFighter Charade's]] {{backstory}} in ''SoulCalibur'' says he bought shards of the ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge from a random merchant.
* In ''IcewindDale'', the best longsword in the game, Pale Justice, is found on the corpse of a hapless adventurer in Dorn's Deep. What's more is that its inventory icon is the same as any regular longsword (by the time you're using +3/+4 weapons) and shopkeepers will buy or sell it for a pittance.

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* [[DittoFighter Charade's]] {{backstory}} in ''SoulCalibur'' ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' says he bought shards of the ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge from a random merchant.
* In ''IcewindDale'', ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'', the best longsword in the game, Pale Justice, is found on the corpse of a hapless adventurer in Dorn's Deep. What's more is that its inventory icon is the same as any regular longsword (by the time you're using +3/+4 weapons) and shopkeepers will buy or sell it for a pittance.
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