- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - If you’re in the market for an aircraft tow truck, a riding mower capable of trimming five football fields or just a pair of sunglasses, you might want to scoot out to a Westside warehouse next week.

Indianapolis International Airport will be auctioning off surplus machinery and lost and found items Oct. 30. About 450 pieces will be on the block, ranging from the small (gold necklaces) to the large (a trailer).

The airport auctions off such belongings every few years in a building near the airport. Past auctions have featured some unusual articles, including a prosthetic leg and a Rolex watch.

“The leg never made it to auction, though. The owner claimed it at the last minute,” airport spokesman Carlo Bertolini told The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1teDLWI ). “Nobody really complained.”

This year’s collection isn’t nearly as unusual or exotic. The most unusual pieces are probably a ceremonial American Indian headdress and a 16-pound bowling ball.

However, one person left behind some old Superman comic books and another a collection of coral necklaces. There also are several unclaimed laptops, iPads, electronic readers, calculators, purses, handbags, sunglasses, rings, watches, earrings and necklaces.

Tool boxes, drills, clamps, runway headsets, scales and an aircraft tripod also can be had this year.

Many lost items are returned quickly, said the airport’s customer service director Brian Eckstein.

“We probably find three or four cellphones a day,” Eckstein said. “Someone leaves it in a bathroom and someone else turns it in quickly enough that we are able to send out a page while the person is still in the airport.”

Other lost objects are donated to various organizations. Clothing goes to Goodwill, eyeglasses to the Lions Club and unclaimed cellphones to women’s shelters.

But there are some things that can’t be auctioned or donated.

“Like dentures,” Eckstein said. “We’ve had a few of those. They were reclaimed each time.”

At the last auction in August 2012, 176 buyers spent $263,000.

Articles up for auction do not include those left behind in airport screening buckets or seized by the Transportation Security Administration, mostly spare change, sharp objects and liquid bottles.

Much of the surplus airport equipment is obsolete or outdated, however. Included in this batch are several boxy video monitors that used to scroll the flight arrival and departure information, information which is now displayed on super-sized LED projection screens.

Some items are best left to the scrap heap.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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