LITTLE ROCK — The state will auction unclaimed property on eBay, beginning Friday, state Auditor Charlie Daniels announced today.

LITTLE ROCK — The state will auction unclaimed property on eBay, beginning Friday, state Auditor Charlie Daniels announced today.

Items ranging from nine golden replica stamps to American Revolution bicentennial coins to paper money will be among the first put up for auction by the state.

The auditor said more than 20 years of safe deposit box contents have accumulated in the state’s unclaimed property vault. With little probability of the items being claimed, the online auction program will enable the Auditor’s office to free up vault space and find buyers for the valuables and collectibles, Daniels said.

Under state law, safe deposit boxes are presumed abandoned by the original owner if the property remains unclaimed for more than five years after the expiration of lease or rental period on the box.

As administrator of the unclaimed property program, the state Auditor is authorized to sell the contents of the safe deposit boxes and hold the proceeds in trust for the original owner to claim. Daniels said his office plans to hold new auctions on the last Friday of each month. Each auction will last 10 days.

Bidding is open to any registered user of eBay, but Daniels said he, his employees and their immediate families are not eligible to bid on the unclaimed property.