Man’s search for missing desk knob results in $127K discovery

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HOLBROOK, Mass. (Dec. 1, 2014) – A $40 auction purchase ended with a lucrative discovery for the buyer.

Phil LeClerc bought the desk at an auction last week. He knew the desk needed some work—it was missing a few things, including a knob on one of the drawers.

While LeClerc looked through the desk for the missing knob, an envelope dropped out of a narrow opening. Inside, he found mature savings bonds worth $127,000.

He went back to the auction house to track down the owner, who had auctioned the desk to help his 94-year-old father.

“This man was getting his dad’s house ready for sale so he could pay for his care,” said Marg-E Kelley from Kelley Auctions. “It’s a lot of money! I mean, it’s going to change their lives. Completely change their lives.”

LeClerc said that particular type of desk is notorious for having hidden compartments. He never did find the missing knob, however.

Source: WCVB

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