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An auction of unclaimed service member household goods that started a social media firestorm had the military’s blessing and included items that had been abandoned for a decade or more, according to the company and U.S. Navy officials.

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Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Eric S. Garst

Family-owned Bay Area Movers in Portsmouth, Virginia, planned to clear out room for storage by auctioning off abandoned household items. The problem? The moving company has 105 crates containing 47 service members’ household goods, some of which have gone unclaimed for 22 years — and a big misunderstanding followed by a social media firestorm forced them to cancel the auction.

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Bonhams Auctions photo.

Thirty years ago, Harley-Davidson purchased the rights to Armstrong, an English motorcycle manufacturer that had supplied bikes to armies around the world. A few years later, Harley officially announced its arrival into military market with the release of one of the rarest, fastest combat motorcycles ever built: the 1999 MT500.

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