A $40 bid got a man an antique desk at a Massachusetts auction - and a whole lot more.
When Phil LeClerc got the old desk home, he started looking for a missing door knob. When he shook the desk, an envelope fell out of a hidden compartment.
It was full of mature U.S. Savings Bonds ranging in value from $50 to $10,000. More than $127,000 in all.
LeClerc went back to the auction house, where the desk’s previous owner was tracked down.
Turns out, it was sold by a man who was clearing out his 94-year-old father’s house in preparation for moving into a nursing home.
LeClerc returned the bonds just before Thanksgiving.
They’ll come in very handy when the bills from the nursing home arrive.
The CNN Wire contributed to this report.