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"Storage Wars"

Mystery Trunk Contained $24,000

In De-Faced Bills

8/20/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It's the creepiest jackpot ever -- a recent bidder on "Storage Wars" paid $400 for a bunch of crap, including an old trunk ... which contained a shocking $24,000 in cash ... but for some reason, none of the bills had faces on them.

In case you're unfamiliar -- the A&E show features auctions in which people bid on the abandoned contents of large storage lockers ... but they only get a few seconds to see what's inside.

Laura Dotson -- who runs the auction company for the show with her husband Dan -- tells TMZ, the buyer paid the $400 for the locker ... and soon after, discovered the MOUNTAIN of cash inside the trunk.

The eerie part -- whoever owned the trunk beforehand drilled the faces out of every single bill. It's unclear why, but we're told the money was still considered legal tender ... despite losing face.

U.S. Treasury Fun Fact -- A bank will accept bills with the faces cut out ... if the both serial numbers are still in tact and the bills pass a series of tests.

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Grammar Police    

"... if the both serial numbers are still in tact ..."
PLEASE, PLEASE contact me for a job proofreading your articles. The "the" before "serial numbers" needs to be removed and "in tact" should be "intact. Very disappointed in you.

970 days ago
17.

Grammar Police    

"... if the both serial numbers are still in tact ..."
PLEASE, PLEASE contact me for a job proofreading your articles. The "the" before "serial numbers" needs to be removed and "in tact" should be "intact. Very disappointed in you.

970 days ago
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Anonymous527496    

On Storage Wars they actually get 5 minutes to see inside the locker. They can't touch anything, they have to stay outside. And the storage lockers are not large, some have been small.

970 days ago
19.

Simone    

Storage wars just like Pawn Stars is a SCRIPTED TV SHOW ! ! !

The items in these storage unts are STAGED.

These strange bills are just another way for the show to get publicity.

Amazing how gulliable people are.

970 days ago
20.

leo    

I'll take it!

970 days ago
21.

rico    

I reall would love to know if anyone of you knows when and if this episode will air it will be a very exciting episode thanks

970 days ago
22.

Bean Reel    

I hope Barry bought this locker, and gives Dave the finger!!!!

970 days ago
23.

kevin lafferty    

How many units do they go through before they hit a television worthy one?
Thanks

962 days ago
24.

Roxanne     

Just went this week August 31, 2011 to Now and Then Thrift store in Orange CA, owners are Brandi and Jared from Storage Wars on A & E. I was very disappointed with the merchandice as well as the high prices for junk. But thats not why I will never go back, its because they would not allow my 83 year old mother to use the restroom, they really need to rethink this rule, unless of course the back of the store is kept very dirty. They may want to bend the rules for the elderly and the handicapped. They actually send their customers three stores down the strip mall to a used book store, which was nice enough to let my mother use of their restroom.

958 days ago
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Shari Shay    

I think there ought be be a show of yard sale wars! Same type of deal, but have the people all bid on whatever it is your selling at your yrd sale and the highest bidder takes everything, every and ALL the items that's in the yard sale! No pains no headaces of having to deal with signs and all the strange kind of people coming to your home milling around your yard.

949 days ago
26.

Christie Bell    

What difference does it make if the show is staged or not? It is entertaining and fun to watch!

945 days ago
27.

Aperocca    

There was an episode where they opened up the storage door and each clip was different. Each characters were looking in... the boxes was either taped up and neatly stacking or knocked down!

930 days ago
28.

ToyaT    

I love TMZ! I wish I could get a job there.

920 days ago
29.

linda    

hi my name is linda jenkins i live in tucson arizona.. a while back i had bought a beautiful but old painting at a yrd sale , has a beautiful spanish lady on the front i believe with a red rose on her hair.. she has an updo... beautiful painting.. if anyone can tell me if this painting is worth something can you plaes contact me asap..or dave wise if you can help me with this and this painting is worth alot of dinero... i'll share it with you.. serious.i have never done this before.. so if any pawn places are intereste or galleries would like to help me with this feel free to contact me at herlindajenkin@yahoo.com.or call...2543688233 please .. i'm almost sure it's worth nsomething..thank you ,linda jenkins....

910 days ago
30.

JR    

Its always good for TV to have Drama. And storage Wars has the ULTIMATE ******* That Dave Buster! What a DOUCHE!

889 days ago
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