Who stores in a unit like this…?

Remember the original daytime telly version of Through the Keyhole? The show hosted by Sir David Frost, where a studio panel of celebrities had to guess which house co-host Lloyd Grossman was visiting (he showed you round on a VT). It was the perfect viewing for those of us who wanted to see how the people we read about really live. Occasionally they even managed to find an A-list celebrity to open their homes. So with self storage being just as useful a convenience to famed and fortuned folk, we thought we’d take a look celebrities who store. So forget that copy of HELLO!, make yourself a Hot Chocolate and settle down to our blog as we ask ‘Who stores in a unit like this…? ‘

We all like to find out what our favourite celebrities are up to. We stay tuned to their Twitter accounts and Google news for the latest – consuming the latest from a whole swathe of  journalistic industry is given over to following them around and reporting their every move. And as we all know, at least one Newspaper got into hot water hacking their phones.

But what do celebrities do with their stuff? Which names you might recognise who use self storage and what do they use it for?

Let’s start with a living legend… Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights fans will be thrilled to hear that erstwhile Hollywood Heartthrob Burt Reynolds quite likes keeping memorabilia. So much so that he opened a museum to show off the memorabilia – from his impressive 50 year career in movies – to anyone that was interested. Originally situated in Jupiter, Florida, the building in which the museum was housed has been demolished for new building work. Which means that the entire contents are hidden away in storage whilst a new venue is sought. Mr Reynolds has some pretty impressive artefacts in his collection, including lots of promotional posters, autographed photos, a horse carriage built by Dolly Parton for Burt (they duetted on a song called the Sneakin’ Around for the movie: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and probably the coolest exhibit – the canoe from Deliverance. We could go on, but we found some actual footage of the museum before it’s closure on Youtube – and here it is for your viewing pleasure…

Occasionally US stars have used their storage units for more covert purposes – R&B legend Lionel Richie apparently used a self storage rental to hide his tour-bus from his soon to be ex-wife. Whitney Houston, Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton have all defaulted on paying their storage unit fees and subsequently had the contents of their storage auctioned off. Whitney’s lot included a host of Dolce and Gabbana, Versace and Armani dresses and a see-through customer made Piano which sold for $300,000. In Paris’ case the highest bidder bought the lot for $2,275 and then managed to sell the contents for $10 million. It included some of her private diaries and the buyer set up a website where those that wanted to could view the contents for $39, before Ms Hilton’s Lawyers intervened, sued, and it was shut down. Lindsey Lohan’s unit was auctioned off after she failed to pay her $16,000 tab. It was at the same time the US Inland Revenue were pursuing her for taxes totalling $234,000 – so she had more significant money worries.

We wonder which British celebs are storing. Perhaps Daniel Radcliffe has a secret stash of wizard wands and broomsticks in storage, or maybe Orlando Bloom has a unit where he keeps his white Pirate shirts and Middle earth memorabilia. And who knows, somewhere in a self storage centre in London, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin could be sorting through the contents of their unit as we write…

One thing is for sure – storage units like the ones we offer here at ABC Selfstore are as relevant and useful to celebrities as they are to the rest of us.

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