Storage units. You know you’re truly, really, a grown up when you need to think about those. With the size of new builds at their smallest in recent history, you’re generally left with two options. Store it, or chuck it.
I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of memories that I don’t want to get rid of and that’s where storage units come in pretty handy.
A few years ago, the US phenomenon that was Storage Wars hit our screens. Professionals ‘storage hunters’ would travel the country, bidding on abandoned units, hoping that there would be something expensive inside. They found everything from expensive cars, right through to piles of worthless junk. We were hooked tough. So, we thought we’d do a bit of digging and see what movie treasures have been unearthed over the years in some of these storage units. There have been some absolutely amazing finds which have turned the relatively small amount of cash into millions. It’s every movie fans dream.
Action Comics #1
Back in 2011, the (extremely) lucky winner of a storage auction in California, found themselves the owner of an almost mint condition Action Comics #1 – the holy grail of comic books. Previously owned by Superman mega fan, Nicolas Cage, the comic went on to make over 2 million dollars at auction. Not bad at all.
Burt Reynolds’ Memorabilia
Reynolds’ is a notorious hoarder of movie memorabilia. When he failed to keep up the payments on his unit, it was put up for auction, the new owner found a host of fantastic items including a toy car from Smokey and the Bandit, a canoe from Deliverance and letters from his doctor. The items were put on display at a museum for all his fans to see.
Back in 2011, one lucky auction winner hit the jackpot. They found over 40,000 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia including autographs, original Disney film cells, costumes and art produced by director Tim Burton. How much was the haul valued at? Over $1 million.
James Bond’s ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit submarine
OK, so this is our second favourite Bond Car (what can beat that classic Aston Martin?) but The Lotus Esprit submarine from The Spy Who Loved me was an actual, working car which you could drive underwater. Found abandoned in 1989 in a Long Island storage unit for just $100, the owner had no idea how much it was worth. The car was bought by billionaire Elon Musk in 2013 for $700,000.