There are all kinds of stories out there surrounding the trading platform eBay. One fellow was selling a 500 year old sword because his wife could not find a place for it. In the process it was found by a historical group that contacted him about the significance of the sword and he gave it to the historical society. No mention if he was reimbursed.
The next story was about a gold plated drum that a fellow won in a contest back in 1971. It was lent to a "fellow musician" in 1996 and came up missing after that. He says he filed a missing property report but nothing ever came of it until he saw it on eBay.
There are more details in this story http://www.venturacountystar.com:80/news/2008/jun/07/owner-of-long-missing-drum-... such as a chain of ownership going back several steps. The current person possessing it bought it for $1500 and was selling it for $2556. When contacted by the original owner he agreed to sell it to him for his cost, but the original guy says no way, he wants it free.
Note in the article that the "original" police report could not be found, so one issued recently is being referenced. This could mean that there never was a report filed since 1996 is not that long ago. So did the guy maybe sell it to the "fellow musician" and he had a change of heart or ???
What do you think is the right thing to do?