19 Items Found In Abandoned Storage Units That Sold For A Fortune

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From Disney scripts and other Hollywood memorabilia to rare cars, guns and Civil War antiques, we take a look at the items found in abandoned storage units that sold for a fortune.

1. FACELESS CASH

A storage unit that was purchased for just $400 (£309) was found to contain a whopping $24,000 (£19,000) in cash. Unfortunately for the owner, each bill in the locker had the face cut out. However, as it turns out, the US Treasury is willing to accept faceless bills as long as their serial numbers are intact.


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2. Original Amelia Earhart photos

Diane Brown of Tracy, California, was casually cleaning out the storage unit she’d purchased when she stumbled across an envelope. What could have been mistaken for cash turned out to contain some pretty priceless photographs of female pilot Amelia Earhart, who died while attempting to fly around the world in 1937. Each photo was expected to fetch a staggering $1,000 (£772).


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3. Abandoned gold mines

From Disney scripts and other Hollywood memorabilia to rare cars, guns and Civil War antiques, we take a look at the items found in abandoned storage units that sold for a fortune.


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4. Grand piano

Former Storage Wars star Barry Weiss got a big hit early on in his appearance on the show after bidding $275 (£212) on a unit filled with salon supplies. What at first appeared to be a total flop turned into a huge win when Weiss managed to dig out a grand piano from the rubble. The instrument landed him with a hefty $11,625 (£9,000) profit.


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5. Guns

As featured on the TV show Auction Hunters, one bidder traveled to Texas and walked away with thousands of dollars’ worth of antiques. The most notable antiques were a range of guns, including a Winchester buffalo rifle, and antique slot cars. The unit was estimated to be worth around $20,000 (£15,000).


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6. Michael Jordan recruitment letter

A storage locker bought by a man in North Carolina seemed unassuming at first until he found some unique documents related to basketball legend Michael Jordan hiding in its contents. The locker was playing home to two of Jordan’s recruitment letters, including one from assistant Bill Guthridge and another from coach Dean Smith. The documents were later auctioned off and sold for more than $50,000 (£39,000).


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