Milan to sell off “lost” musical instruments

Available only to voluntary associations.

Milan city hall is inviting bids from the voluntary sector for 70 musical instruments left by forgetful musicians on board trams and metro trains and in stations.

In contrast with the usual auctions of lost property, this time the goods – all in working condition – will be made available only to non-profit organisations that intend to use them in projects to help introduce the needy or disabled to the pleasures of music.

The instruments include 31 violins, 17 guitars (many with cases), 13 accordions, 7 keyboards, a recorder and a bass, held by the municipal police for the legally prescribed period but never claimed by the owners.

In order to “jump the queue”, charitable associations will have until 17 October to submit a project for musical education and be first in line for the distribution.

Photos of the instruments are on the city hall flickr page.