Deserts are hot, dry, and barren. Generally, they're full of nothingness, and those who brave the sand and heat usually come back with just a sunburn and an empty water bottle. But sometimes, explorers return with much more than they could've ever hoped. For a lucky few, these valuable items found in the desert were worth every sweaty step.
Winchester model 1873 ($15,000)
This rifle, manufactured in 1882 and pictured in this 1969 painting titled "The Homesteaders," was discovered resting against a tree in Nevada's Great Basin National Park, over a century ago. Its value is still astronomically greater than the $35-$50 it was worth back in the 19th century.
The James Ossuary ($50,000)
Said to have contained the body of James the Just, brother of Jesus of Nazareth, this religious artifact was discovered in a cave in the Silwan area of Jerusalem. Since its authenticity was never verified, it's valued at a shockingly low price.