Sydney Airport to auction off passengers' lost property

Sydney Airport's lost property from the millions who pass through each year will go under the hammer on Saturday, November 16.

"The items on offer are as diverse as the airport's 37 million passengers … ranging from guitars to gold necklaces …" says Sydney Airport's manager of corporate affairs Sally Fielke.

Other unclaimed items include electrical goods, sporting gear, luggage, alcohol, cosmetics, toys and clothing that Pickles Auctions spokesman Matt Blunden says numbers about 1200 items.

Blunden says the most unusual of this year's lost property items include an electric scooter, 80 centimetre television and snare drum.

He says the more sought after items will be sold individually and the remainder in bundled lots. Items handed to lost property have been found at screening points, duty free, toilets, gates, the food court and taxi ranks.

The entire proceeds will be donated to various charities in the second annual lost property auction for the airport previously held on an ad hoc basis.

As well as the hammer price, a processing fee of 16.5 per cent applies

The auction will be at Pickles Auctions Australia, 21 Woorang Street, Milperra, New South Wales and items can be viewed on the web beforehand.