Doing a little spring cleaning around the house? Always a good idea. Finding a rare bill worth more than $300,000 in the process? Priceless.
Though the name of the bill's finder was not released, sources say the bill literally fell from a stack of papers that were being tossed as a family cleaned out the office of a deceased relative. The exceptionally rare $500 Canadian bill dating from 1911 and featuring the likeness of Queen Mary is only the third still known in existence. It survived the Great Depression, two world wars and a potential trip to the shredder to wind up on the auction block. There the note exceeded initial final bid estimates, selling for $322,000 U.S. dollars, the largest sum ever paid for a Canadian banknote.
That's roughly $10,000 dollars for every potential shred.
SOURCE: CBC News