From the Daily News:
One man's trash turned into Nick DiMola's treasure.
Five years after the Queens rubbish remover took home a mysterious barrel from a SoHo apartment, he opened it to find dozens of ancient Mexican artifacts.
The mix of bowls, figurines and jugs were made between 300 B.C. and 500 A.D., some by Mayans.
They're worth an estimated $16,500 - and DiMola said he's not at all surprised.
"There's always something in the garbage worth money," he said.
DiMola, 39, came to own the booty when his Ridgewood company was hired to clear the cluttered space of abstract artist Clinton Hill, who died in 2003.