Life is full of surprises. Like that one time you found a $5 bill hidden in your shirt pocket. Or when your in-laws showed up for a week-long visit unannounced. Or, as we’ll cover in today’s blog post, when you find unexpected things in storage containers.
If you’ve seen any episode of Storage Wars, you know what we’re talking about. From famous cars to prized superhero comic books, there have been some interesting (and valuable) things found in storage containers. Here are five of the craziest ones we could find.
1. Animal Communities
A storage container that was lost at sea ended up storing an entire ecosystem. The container, which scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) say they lost in 2004, was recovered in 2011 and had a variety of animals living on and in the container that weren’t living on the seafloor where it was discovered. (Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
2. Burt Reynolds Memorabilia
The well-known actor is apparently a big fan of nostalgia, as apparent by his large collection of memorabilia and artifacts from his career that he kept in a storage unit. When he defaulted on payments for the unit in 1999, a group of fans came together to purchase the unit full of badges, letters, saddles and other items and turned it into a museum. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
In Auction Hunters, a similar show to Storage Wars, the two stars of the show encountered a rocket and NASA countdown clock inside of a storage unit during the first episode. Considering they only bought the unit for $1,500, it ended up being an out-of-this-world investment! (Source: South Florida SunSentinel)
4. Valuable Comic Book
In 2011, someone purchasing a storage unit in Southern California found a very valuable comic book: the first-ever issue of Superman. To make this story even crazier, the comic book actually belonged to actor Nicholas Cage and was stolen from his house in 2000. Cage ended up selling the comic book at an auction for $2.1 million. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
5. Famous Car
The name’s unit… storage unit. And what was found inside? None other than the automobile featured in the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me.” A couple in New York stumbled on the famous car when they purchased a unit in 1989 and decided to keep it. Crazy! (Source: Digital Trends)
What’s not crazy? The benefits you’ll enjoy from a SAM (Store & Move) container. Request a quote today to experience them for yourself.