Monday, November 25, 2013

The Most Valuable Items Ever Found in a Self Storage Unit

It's hard to imagine that anyone could ever leave anything of value unclaimed in a self storage unit. Whether it's due to unpaid bills, someone passing away or believe it or not, people genuinely forgetting about them, there have been many occasions where the contents of a self storage unit has been auctioned off. There have certainly been some weird and wonderful things but here are some of the most valuable items ever found in self storage.

People would have been forgiven for thinking that the man who bid $27,000 on a self storage unit in Virginia, USA was crazy but when the items inside were valued at $100,000, it turned out to be a great purchase. The unit in question was owned by a WWII general and contained many valuable documents from the Civil War, a cane that belonged to Harry Truman, documents signed by former US Presidents, pieces of rare artwork and many items of historical significance.

A man who has been identified simply as John, one day decided to find out what all the fuss was about when it came to bidding on storage units. New to the scene, he bought two units which came to a total of $1,700. Imagine his surprise when it took three men to carry out the contents of one of his units. The heavy container turned out to be a chest full of gold and silver coins and bars and was valued at a staggering $500,000.

Back in 2011, an unsuspecting bidder won what would turn out to be one of the most highly publicised self storage unit finds in history. Inside the container was a near-mint copy of Action Comics Number 1. Unbeknown to the bidder, this comic was extremely rich in history and would end up netting him over $2,000,000. The comic first rose from obscurity during a Sotheby's auction in 1992 - where nobody knew that such a pristine copy of the comic existed. Here is sold for $82,500 and then Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage went on to buy it for $150,000 in 1997. Three years later, Cage reported the comic stolen and it remained unfound for over a decade until that auction day in 2011.

Anyone who has ever watched the American television show, Storage Wars, will be familiar with the concept of the programme. Any unclaimed storage units are put up for public auction and attendees bid on units without knowing what's in them. Darrel Sheets from the USA took a big gamble when he paid $3,600 for a storage locker. Fortunately for him however, the unit contained a collection of artwork by Frank Guttierez which was estimated to be worth approximately $300,000.

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