Baggage Battles: Two-Faced Pictures

Go behind the scenes with the auction specialists in Stockton, CA, where they bid on military trunks, relics of famous Hollywood icons and more.

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Mark Meyer in LA
Mark Meyer in LA

Mark Meyer in LA

Mark, Billy, Laurence and Sally head to an auction in LA to try to profit on legally seized valuables at the largest police auction in the country. 960 1280

  

police auction by propertyroom.com in LA

police auction by propertyroom.com in LA

Each year the Los Angeles Police Department handles billions of dollars of merchandise. Anything found, seized or kept as evidence in a criminal investigation is legally required to be destroyed or sold at auction upon case completion. Property Room auctions 850,000 items from the LAPD to the general public every year. 960 1280

  

Sally and Laurence Martin at the auction preview in LA

Sally and Laurence Martin at the auction preview in LA

Before the actual auction starts, everyone is given an hour to go through and look at the items that are going to be auctioned off. There are over 300 items to bid on, so Sally, Laurence and all the buyers have to spend their time wisely. 960 1280

  

Mark Meyer looking at jewelry

Mark Meyer looking at jewelry

Mark uses part of his preview time to examine the bags of jewelry. He focuses in on a gold pendant and a bag of jewelry marked “gold tone,” meaning fake gold. However, Mark thinks he sees a few pieces that are real -- and that might have been put in the bag by mistake. 960 1280

  

Mystery Boxes at LA auction

Mystery Boxes at LA auction

The preview reveals an eclectic mix of items up for auction, including “mystery boxes.” These boxes are sealed and cannot be opened until they are purchased. They catch the eye of all our auction specialists. 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy and a mystery box in LA

Billy Leroy and a mystery box in LA

Billy inspects one of the mystery boxes. He tries to figure out which one would be the best to bid on. 960 1280

  

Laurence Martin during the auction preview in LA

Laurence Martin during the auction preview in LA

Laurence and Sally do the same thing as they examine all the mystery boxes. 960 1280

  

Laurence and Sally Martin and mystery boxes

Laurence and Sally Martin and mystery boxes

Laurence checks out as many auction items as possible during the preview. The available mirror comes in handy as Laurence straightens out his hat. 960 1280

  

Preview hour at the police auction in LA

Preview hour at the police auction in LA

As the preview hour winds down, all of the potential buyers finish up and make their way to the auction area. 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy and Sally Martin at the LA Police Auction

Billy Leroy and Sally Martin at the LA Police Auction

Billy and Sally take their seats for the auction. Billy soon gets in on the action and starts bidding for items. This police auction, run by PropertyRoom.com, is one of the biggest in the US. 960 1280

  

Mark Meyer sits among the bidders at the LA police auction

Mark Meyer sits among the bidders at the LA police auction

Sitting among other bidders, Mark is all smiles as he takes home some of the items he had been eyeing in the auction preview. 960 1280

  

Laurence Martin and his lucky shoes

Laurence Martin and his lucky shoes

Laurence puts on his lucky leopard shoes for the LA auction in hopes that it will bring him and Sally some hidden gems. 960 1280

  

Propertyroom.com auctioneer

Propertyroom.com auctioneer

The PropertyRoom.com auctioneer runs a tight ship and quickly works up the bids to try to get top dollar for the items being auctioned off. 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy and the mystery box

Billy Leroy and the mystery box

Billy examines the mystery box that he won at auction. Wonder what's inside? 960 1280

  

Mark Meyer and the mystery box at the police auction in LA

Mark Meyer and the mystery box at the police auction in LA

Laurence and Sally load up the cannon they won at auction. Both agree it will make a great addition to their store. Too bad they had to outbid Mark to get it. 960 1280

  

Laurence and Sally Martin load up their cannon

Laurence and Sally Martin load up their cannon

Mark leaves the auction with his won mystery box. Will he or Billy have the more valuable box? Tune in to find out. 960 1280

  

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Mark Meyer previews the auction in Santa Cruz California

Mark Meyer previews the auction in Santa Cruz California

Mark walks through the auction preview in Santa Cruz. 960 1280

  

The Martins look at a doll for sale at the auction in Santa Cruz California

The Martins look at a doll for sale at the auction in Santa Cruz California

Sally and Laurence consider the value of a doll that's up for auction. 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy wears a fez in Santa Cruz California

Billy Leroy wears a fez in Santa Cruz California

Billy dons a fez during the auction preview. 960 1280

  

The auction specialists inspect a toy at the auction in Santa Cruz California

The auction specialists inspect a toy at the auction in Santa Cruz California

Mark stands alongside toy expert Traci Lombardo as she inspects a toy bus that's up for sale at the auction. 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy inspects the items at the auction in Santa Cruz California

Billy Leroy inspects the items at the auction in Santa Cruz California

The Baggage Battles crew catches Billy in the act: looking at items at the auction. 960 1280

  

Auction specialists admire a lot up for sale at the auction in Santa Cruz California

Auction specialists admire a lot up for sale at the auction in Santa Cruz California

Laurence and Sally admire an unidentified lot that will soon be up for bid at the auction. 960 1280

  

Billy and Laurence play around at the auction in Santa Cruz California

Billy and Laurence play around at the auction in Santa Cruz California

Billy and Laurence, at their best: goofing around at the auction. 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy keeps a leather bag close to his chest at the Santa Cruz auction

Billy Leroy keeps a leather bag close to his chest at the Santa Cruz auction

Billy holds a coveted leather bag during the auction. 960 1280

  

Laurence Martin eyes a guitar for sale at the Santa Cruz auction

Laurence Martin eyes a guitar for sale at the Santa Cruz auction

Laurence has his eyes on this guitar up for sale at the auction. 960 1280

  

Mark Meyer places a bid at the Santa Cruz auction

Mark Meyer places a bid at the Santa Cruz auction

Mark bids on an unspecified lot during the auction. 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy is clearly unhappy by the turn of events at the Santa Cruz auction

Billy Leroy is clearly unhappy by the turn of events at the Santa Cruz auction

Perplexed by the recent bidding war, Billy sits with his face in his hands. 960 1280

  

The Martins are excited at the Santa Cruz auction

The Martins are excited at the Santa Cruz auction

Laurence and Sally can't contain their excitement during the auction. What are they so excited about? Watch Baggage Battles: California Scheming to find out! 960 1280

  

Billy Leroy in Stockton California

Billy Leroy in Stockton California

Billy Leroy sports a look of confidence while attending the "cowboy auction" preview in Stockton, CA. 960 1280

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Traci Lombardo and Sally Martin talk at an auction

Traci Lombardo and Sally Martin talk at an auction

Traci Lombardo and Sally Martin talk shop during the auction preview. 960 1280

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Mark Meyer holds a Spirit stick

Mark Meyer holds a Spirit stick

Mark Meyer examines a spirit stick during the auction preview. 960 1280

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Auction floor in Stockton California

Auction floor in Stockton California

A wide shot of the bidding floor at the cowboy auction. 960 1280

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Laurence and Sally Martin at the auction

Laurence and Sally Martin at the auction

Laurence and Sally Martin look over an old sealed wooden trunk that will soon go up for bid. 960 1280

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Billy Leroy checks out a rifle

Billy Leroy checks out a rifle

During the cowboy auction preview, Billy handles an old rifle that he's interested in bidding on. 960 1280

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Mark Meyer at the cowboy auction

Mark Meyer at the cowboy auction

Mark remains stoic as the cowboy auction is about to kick off. 960 1280

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Traci Lombardo and Billy Leroy talk about the cowboy auction

Traci Lombardo and Billy Leroy talk about the cowboy auction

Traci and Billy have a friendly biding "conversation" during the cowboy auction. 960 1280

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Sally Martin tries to control Laurence Martin's bidding

Sally Martin tries to control Laurence Martin's bidding

Sally grabs Laurence's hand in a failed attempt to keep him from placing another bid. 960 1280

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Mark Meyer at the auction

Mark Meyer at the auction

Mark prepares himself for a bidding war during the cowboy auction. 960 1280

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Billy Leroy and Traci Lombardo at the cowboy auction in Stockton

Billy Leroy and Traci Lombardo at the cowboy auction in Stockton

Billy and Traci happily wait for the next item to go up for bid during the cowboy auction. 960 1280

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Decorative Camel

Decorative Camel

During the auction preview in Stockton, CA, Mark Meyer gets up close and personal with a decorative camel. 960 1280

  

Billy Enters the Auction

Billy Enters the Auction

Billy Leroy enters the Stockton auction, ready to bid and ready to win. 960 1280

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Dramatic Loss

Dramatic Loss

Mark suffers a "dramatic loss" at the hands of a vintage slot machine in Stockton during the auction preview. 960 1280

  

Examining Old Medals

Examining Old Medals

Mark examines some old medals that will soon go up for bid during the auction in Stockton. 960 1280

  

Finding a Banjo

Finding a Banjo

Laurence finds a banjo and hams it up for Sally during the auction preview in Stockton. 960 1280

  

Auction Action

Auction Action

A bird's-eye view of the auction action in Stockton. 960 1280

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Bidding Begins

Bidding Begins

Billy readies himself for the start of bidding during the Stockton auction. 960 1280

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Laurence Glances at Sally

Laurence Glances at Sally

Laurence glances at Sally in the heat of the Stockton auction action. 960 1280

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Mark Makes a Bid

Mark Makes a Bid

Mark bids on an unspecified lot during the auction in Stockton. 960 1280

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