Incredible Lost Treasures That Were Found By Accident

We all dream of stumbling onto a buried treasure chest filled with coins and jewels, but for some average Joes out there, it actually happened. It may not always be gold, but accidentally finding a Jackson Pollock painting in a thrift store that turns out to be worth millions sounds just as good to me.

People all around the world have discovered some of history’s greatest lost artifacts. We have these curious and just plain lucky people to thank for uncovering some of the greatest treasures known to man. Excuse me while I go buy a metal detector and start digging holes around my house.

A Man Found The Declaration Of Independence In A Thrift Shop

A man from Nashville was innocently browsing around a thrift show and paid $2.48 for what he thought was a modern replication of the Declaration of Independence. He took it home and thought it looked a little too old, so he had an expert look at it.

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Chris Hondros/Newsmakers/Getty Images

Turns out, he had just bought one of the 200 known original copies of the Declaration, and only 36 have been found. It ended up selling at auction for $477,650.