Storage units have become the modern day pirate treasure. And, while Easy Store’s setup ensures that units aren’t forgotten, the more traditional storage lockers for rent are still supplying lucky finders with some very valuable treasure.
Of course, if you’ve ever seen an episode of Storage Wars (or something along these lines), you know that not all storage containers for rent are filled with expensive goods. But, every now and then, something incredible turns up.
Here are some of the most interesting things found in storage containers for rent in recent years:
Since we’ve been referring to storage lockers as modern day pirate chests, it seems only fitting that we start with this one. Back in 2011, stars of Storage Wars bid $1000 on a storage locker that they thought looked promising. But, the time, they had no idea that it contained a case of Spanish gold coins from between the 16th and 19th centuries.
They’re not sure how the chest of coins ended up in those particular storage units for rent, but they are sure that it is worth a lot of money. After the discovery, the treasure was appraised at around $500,000.
1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me saw Roger Moore’s Bond take to the ocean in a submarine Lotus. Eight cars were made for the film, but, by the late ‘80s only seven were accounted for. Then, in 1989, a man in Long Island, New York bought an old storage locker for under $100. When he looked inside, he found a car without wheels that was draped under sheets.
Having never seen the film, he didn’t know what he had. But, when towing the car home, truck drivers radioed him on his CB radio to ask about the car. Upon discovering that he had the eighth Bond submarine car, he set about preparing it for auction. The car was eventually sold to Tesla and PayPal founder, Elon Musk, for just under $1 million.
Burt Reynolds is a notorious collector and, over the course of his film career, he has accrued a huge amount of memorabilia. A lot of his collection is made up of autographs of Hollywood’s Golden Age stars (like Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, and Fred Astaire) as well as personalised notes and other trinkets (like Roy Rogers’ saddle). Burt kept it all in a storage container which, around the late ‘90s, he forgot to pay for. This led to the container being auctioned off and its contents used to start the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum. So, while it might not be his anymore, he can at least visit it every now and then.