Abandoned storage units often go up for auction and end up in the hands of the highest bidder, for better or for worse. After all, there have been some pretty strange storage finds over the years!
Here are a few you may or may not have heard of:
1. A Burglar
Back in 2011, a Missouri burglar was arrested after getting caught red-handed trying to steal from a storage facility. A security guard found a door ajar, and when he went to investigate he noticed that the door was stuck… with someone on the other side. Police were called and the burglar was apprehended.
2. Guy Fieri’s Stolen Lamborghini
Burglars strike again! In 2012, a car thief managed to rappel down from the top of a luxury showroom after hours and take off with Guy Fieri’s (yes, that Guy Fieri) prized yellow Lamborghini. Deputies later found the car hidden away in a storage unit and it was returned to its rightful owner. Looks like thieves are batting 0 for 2.
After staff reported “something unusual” at a California self-storage facility, animal services discovered not one, but forty two snakes inside a storage unit. Yikes! Thankfully, the snakes were safely transported to a nearby animal shelter.
4. A Rocket
Allen Haff and Clinton Jones from the 2010 hit show “Auction Hunters” bid on a storage space for $1,500 in Florida. Their prize? A genuine NASA rocket, complete with a countdown clock. Just in case you’re wondering, NASA never asked for their rocket back. I guess they figured it was a finders-keepers sort of situation!
5. James Bond’s Submarine Car
Speaking of good finds, in the 1980’s a Long Island man and his brother won a bid on a storage unit for less than $100. After cutting the locks, they discovered a white sports car in less than favorable condition. Turns out, it was none other than James Bond’s submarine car from the film “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Elon Musk would later go on to purchase the car at auction for nearly a million dollars.