When we say storage room, what comes to mind is a room full of scrap materials. But, who would have though that a storage room can also be a home to unexpected riches?
Here are 7 of the most bizarre expensive things that are found inside a storage room:
1. Faceless Cash
One, man decided to buy storage unit for just $400. As the said unit was bought in a very low price, its condition is not really ideal. So, the buyer decided to clean up the place. While cleaning, he came across a chest that was containing a whopping $24,000 in cash. Unfortunately for the owner, each bill in the chest had the face cut out. However, as it turns out, the US Treasury are willing to accept faceless bills as long as their serial numbers are intact.
Well, the buyer now became instant rich after gaining money in the most unexpected way!
2. Elvis Presley Newspapers
In 2010, during a memorable episode of TV show Storage Wars, a large cache of newspapers dating back to the day Elvis Presley died (16 August 1977) were found in a storage unit. The papers were all in excellent condition and offered a flashback to the day the world lost ‘The King’. What originally looked like a regular stash of papers were eventually valued at an almighty $90,000.
3. Pirate chest stuffed with 16th century gold coins
Storage Wars TV stars Dan and Laura Dotson hit the headlines in 2011 when they sold a storage unit for $1,000 with no idea of its contents. The container turned out to contain an antique pirate chest stuffed with antique Spanish pieces of coins. The estimated worth of the coins is at $500,000.
4. Civil War antiques
A lucky bidder in Virginia luckily bought an auctioned storage unit which was formerly owned by a World War II general and contained a number of priceless military-related antiques, many of which dated all the way back to the Civil War. Among them were multiple documents signed by U.S. presidents, hiking the total value of the contents up to somewhere around $200,000.
In 2011, the winner of a storage auction in California considered himself very lucky when the locker was found to contain a near-mint condition copy of Action Comics #1. The comic book, which was formerly owned by Hollywood star Nicolas Cage, went on to sell for a whopping $2 million.
6. James Bond’s ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit submarine
This custom Lotus Esprit submarine, which featured in the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, was dumped in a Long Island storage unit and remained there for years. It was snapped up in 1989 for just $100 but it wasn’t until 2013 that the owner realized its true value and significance. The unique vehicle was bought by billionaire Elon Musk for $700,000 later that year.
7. Bugatti Car
In recent years, Bugatti has been recognized as one of the most prestigious brands in the automobile industry. Any of the vehicle models they are selling are worth more than a million dollars. However, back in 1955, when Bugatti has not yet made a name for themselves, an English surgeon purchased a 1937 Bugatti for an unknown price. The car he bought was later abandoned at a storage room.
After the surgeon passed away, his nephew inherited the storage room and came across an unused car which is more than 50 years old. He the learned that only 17 actual cars were made out of the car model. He later sold it at an automobile auction in Paris and the car was reportedly purchased at a whopping $4 Million.
These random finds prove that unexpected finds are just lurking somewhere. All it takes is that one lucky person to unveil it.
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