There are many thousands of such court orders issued each year, and items that can't be returned to their legal owner are auctioned off at local auction houses all over the UK. Police auctions are an established route used by regional police forces across the country to dispose of proceeds of crime, lost and found, seized, and unclaimed stolen and confiscated property.
Several different federal agencies hold government auctions. The General Services Administration is the granddaddy of them all, because it sells on behalf of other departments. When a federal agency no longer needs something — say, a pickup truck — it reports the truck to GSA, which first offers it to other federal agencies and then to state and local governments or nonprofits. If nobody claims the truck, then the GSA auctions it off to the public, and you get your chance at it.
Throughout the year, property that has been collected at various buildings and property that residents find are turned into the police station. After certain periods of time, as specified by law and after attempting to locate an owner or hoping the owner will call us looking for it, the Evidence Section may dispose of property that is no longer required to be stored. In the past, the Evidence Section in conjunction with the UCF Student Government would conduct an on-campus auction where this type property was auctioned to the highest bidder. Today, the UCF Police Department utilizes the services of Propertyroom.com an online auction site specializing in property from police agencies across the country, to auction off all of our abandoned, stolen, lawfully seized, or unclaimed property of all types, remaining unclaimed for 30 days or more. This is an ongoing auction available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Items being auctioned included electronics, jewelry, clothing, bicycles, tools, sporting equipment and other items. The official web site is www.propertyroom.com.