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Originally published Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

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Unclaimed WA safety deposit boxes go to auction

Jewelry, coins and sports memorabilia are among the 2,900 items from unclaimed safety deposit boxes the Washington state Department of Revenue is selling.

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SEATTLE —

Jewelry, coins and sports memorabilia are among the 2,900 items from unclaimed safety deposit boxes the Washington state Department of Revenue is selling.

They'll go to auction Wednesday and Thursday at the James G. Murphy Co. in Kenmore, a north Seattle suburb.

KIRO-FM reports the department is cleared to sell the contents if the boxes have gone unpaid for more than five years and banks and credit unions lose contact with the owners.

Among the items are a 1930s Rolex watch, a University of Washington Huskies Rose Bowl ring, and an 1846 U.S. Navy Powder Flask.

The Revenue Department expects to raise more than half a million dollars from the auction.

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Online:

http://murphyauction.com

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Information from: KIRO-FM, http://mynorthwest.com/

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