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This Man Found Surprising Rare Books at the Bottom of an Old Dumpster

It makes me so happy when you find something incredible unexpectedly. Sometimes it’s been right under your nose all along and you didn’t even realize it. According to Inside Edition, this is what happened to thirty-seven-year-old Max Brown when he went dumpster diving back in December of 2014.

 

It was just beginning to rain when Brown found a small collection of old, worn out books under a box of old cassette tapes. Quickly, he gathered up what he could and brought the books home where they stayed on his desk for another six months. That was until him and his friends decided to take a look inside, that’s when everything changed for him.

 

 

 

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Within two of the books on the delicate pages he found handwritten notes inside that read: “From the library of Thomas Jefferson.” When Brown took the books to appraisers, many said it was fake. Then, months later, Brown’s last glimmer of hope appeared when he was watching an episode of “Pawn Stars” and right there on the screen he saw someone bring in those exact same books with those exact same inscriptions. They matched!
 
 
 

 

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The books were written in French and published in 1621. Within the pages were also some family photos and personal notes carefully tucked away. Very, very cool. One of them was also a rare 19th century Bible handed down through the Shaker family for generations. Documents like birth certificates and records of baptisms, weddings, and funerals were all inside the book that tie back to the Shakers.
 
 

 

Old Books

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However, no matter how historical these books were, they were in poor condition due to mold and water damage. Brown knew that by keeping them they’d only get worse, so why not give them the second chance they deserve? He sold them to an auction house for $8,000 and said his goodbyes to the treasures he found. “I do believe that somebody didn’t know what they had,” he says. And that’s exactly how one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure.

 

 

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