Lost & Found bargains at Malpensa

Milan’s Malpensa airport to sell off forgotten items.

You might even call this a Christmas market. Scores of items abandoned at Malpensa airport will be auctioned off at 09.30 on Friday 20 November in Terminal 2.

It’s difficult to imagine the story behind some of these. Some, such as 40 dresses on hangars (but note: the hangers themselves are not included), conjure up racy French movies and images of people in their underclothes dashing to the departure gates. Three acoustic guitars in carrying cases immediately recall the woes of Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Carroll (watch our video below).

While lots of hubble-bubbles, watches and cameras are not astounding, 43 iPads and 200 cell-phones might suggest encroaching nausea with electronic overload. Abandoned PCs outnumber the Macs, which might be considered good news for Apple.

More perturbing are lots of abandoned strollers, prams and baby car-seats (the babies themselves do not appear to have been lost).

The auctioneers have provided a complete list of the 148 lots, expected to bring in almost €15,000.