Storage Wars led the storage rage that swept US television at the start of 2010. During the nearly decade long run of the show, bidders were able to amass an assortment of memorable pieces. Various groups of individuals including those outside the regular members of the cast bid on different storage lockers in California. Just like in the majority of states in the US, it was common practice in California to auction storage units that weren’t paid off by their renters for three consecutive months
Among the most unforgettable and prized finds that Hester ever made on the show was a pile of newspapers that featured the death of the legendary Rock n Roll artist, Elvis Presley himself. Hester made the find in 2010 inside a locker that housed thousands of genuine newspapers reporting the death of “The King” on the day of his passing in August 16, 1977. The bundles of newspapers were exceptionally rare and at the same time still in exceptional state. They were eventually sold for over $90,000.
“Budget Cuts” Caused The Break Up Of A Father-Son Team
Storage Wars also has its own father and son duo in Darrell and Brandon Sheets. The two weren’t always lucky with their finds, although they certainly make up for good entertainment. After the show dipped in ratings in its tenth season however, A&E opted to fire one of its casts and they ultimately decided that Brandon would be the one to get the boot. Many argued that the move wasn’t about cutting costs but that the producers weren’t just fond of the duo. But whether you like Darrell and Brandon in the show or not, the pair did succeeding in landing the biggest find in the history of Storage Wars.
Apparently, Darrell Sheets didn’t like getting booted from the show one bit and showed his frustration on Twitter, saying: “Funny how @AETV fired me for lack of budget but they still have their people follow me on Social media and want me to do free stuff 😅😅😅 Lmao”. He exclaimed that Darell would be coming back but he would be shown the door because of budget issues and didn’t hold back from his feelings.
Darrell’s Crazy Art Heist
Among the staple casts of Storage Wars, Darrell Sheets is the one who consistently pulls the trigger on any unit so long as it contains art and purchases “art loaded” lockers like no other in the show. For some reason, Darrell can detect precious artwork from afar. This special affinity for art finally started to pay off for Darell however, following his purchase of a locker worth $3,600 (after spotting art inside it) that happened to contain an expensive treasure-house of art.
That purchase became known as the largest payout in Storage Wars History. Darrell Sheets paid for hefty $3,600 on a storage locker, but ultimately, the move worked very much in his favor! Stored within the unit was an art creation by Frank Gutierrez which was valued at $300,000 and the best part of it was that the piece was 100% genuine. Darrell did his due diligence and called Gutierrez after the find. Gutierrez then confirmed that it was indeed his former locker unit and art creation.
The Dotsons Don’t Just Auction Stuff Off, They Also Buy Units
Dan and Laura are considered mainly as auctioneers on the show but they do also bid every now and then. The couple managed to rake in their biggest score in Storage Wars after Laura bought a unit for $1,000 which eventually netted her an unbelievable $500,000 worth of Spanish gold coins. The pirate treasure was discovered within the locker and it was later pronounced as 'Pieces of Eight Spanish Gold' which dated back between the 16th and 19th century during the Spanish empire era.
After his historical find, Dan posted a Tweet showing his amazement at the price of the foreclosed locker. He posted on Twitter: “We had no idea! We only heard from the excited buyer and storage facility owner! Great find of a lifetime.”
Brandi And Jarrod And The Creepy Stuff
Scrappy and resolute, the husband and wife duo are often underdogs in Storage Wars who are willing to fight tooth and nail to keep their family business afloat. While the pairing doesn’t always possess the most extensive resources in the auction game, their grit and toughness are comparable to no one in the show.
Brandi and Jarrod’s fortitude are constantly tested on Storage Wars, often in the form of a string of bad luck. Their most unusual buy was a unit that contained an antiquated “My Little Pony” memorabilia. It was an old fashioned collection of giant pink plush dolls and the assortment landed them a total $875. Not bad considering how bizarre and old the locker collection was.