In 1970, an engineer bought a plain looking wooden chest for about $150. All he wanted was something to put his television on. For the next 43 years, the wooden chest, known as the Mazarin chest sat in the man’s living room. What the man did not know about his television stand was that it was hand crafted in Japan during the 1640s, and was worth millions of dollars. The Victoria and Albert Museum owns another chest by the same craftsman, and had been searching for the lost piece. They traced it through a series of private owners until it disappeared in 1941. The museum was amazed when the box resurfaced after the death of the man who used it as a television stand. It was made available at an auction, and another museum purchased it for $9.6 million US. No one knows how the engineer ended up with it, but this elaborately handcrafted masterpiece made a very expensive TV stand for many years.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
How an antique Japanese chest worth $10M became a TV stand, by Lindsay Jolivet, http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/chest-worth-10-million-became-tv-stand-152618340.html, Accessed September 5, 2013.
Matthew 13:44-46 (NASB) "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (45) "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, (46) and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.