RALEIGH, N.C. – If you’re in the market for a diamond-studded gold gorilla pendant, the North Carolina Department of Revenue may have just what you’re looking for – thanks to busted drug dealers.
The department hopes to auction hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry – including a $38,000 watch and a $23,000 gold pendant depicting Jesus – confiscated during drug busts over the past year by the department’s unauthorized substances division.
Necklaces, rings and bracelets will be available alongside more unique items, such as a $29,500 Jacob & Co. five time zone watch with a face of sparkling yellow, pink and blue stones forming the continents on a world map. A silver-colored men’s Breitling 1884 chronometre watch is listed at $38,000.
The diamond gorilla has a stone missing, but it’s still appraised at $21,600.
“You’d be surprised who buys this stuff,” Department of Revenue spokeswoman Kim Brooks said Monday.