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Real Life 'Storage Wars'

DIKEMBE MUTOMBO Jackpot!

... For $300

9/11/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0910_dikembe_mutombo_treasures_launchIt's the kind of "Storage Wars" story that would make Dave Hester proud -- some guy in Maryland bought a unit for $300 at a storage auction recently only to find more Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia than you can shake a giant finger at.

The winning bidder is Adrian Petrus ... who competed for the contents of a forceclosed unit -- and just like on "Storage Wars," Adrian had no idea what was inside.

So you can imagine how pumped he was when he opened the locker and realized the whole thing was packed full of Mutombo items -- signed basketballs, shoes, jerseys,  trading cards and photos of Dikembe with celebs like Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela

The locker also contained works of art painted and signed by Mutombo's brother.

So who would abandon such an incredible cache of Dikembe stuff?

Turns out, the unit belonged to one of Dikembe's brothers ... who lost the locker recently after missing several rental payments.

We're told the brother had gone back to the Congo to deal with family issues in the wake of his father's death -- and simply forgot to make his locker payments. Sucks. 

Petrus tells us .. once he realized what he had, he reached out to Dikembe to try and make a deal to return the items ... but never heard back.  So, naturally, the next step ... is eBay.

We reached out to Dikembe for comment -- but so far, we haven't heard back from the big man ... he was too busy getting a humanitarian award.

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Jordan    

Was any of the Memorabilia Authenticated?

372 days ago
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Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

The decent thing to do would be to save the items until his brother can retrieve them. This family has been in the trenches trying to help their people. Greed leads to curses.

372 days ago
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Jordan    

Something is just not right about this Locker story, Is there any proof it belonged to Dikembe Mutombo brother, It sounds and looks like a forger lost his locker.

372 days ago
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bigfranklittle    

Should probably spell check the photo caption.... Particularly the word TREASURE

372 days ago
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diamanst    

I grew up next door to him in Maryland. Very nice guy.

372 days ago
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Cowboy Crow    

I would say TMZ authenticated it with this story. Congrats on your find, everyone else is just jealous they didnt get it.

372 days ago
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Jackie    

THAT'S NOT MICHAEL JACKSON....100%...lol

372 days ago
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Kashat    

Is that Michael Jackson or not? He looks like him, but at the same time... That's not MJ's smile, and I never remember MJ having that much meat on him. He's always been skinnier than that. I could be wrong.

372 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Is it me or do these two look like a younger Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson.
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372 days ago
10.

OhWell    

?? Michael Who ??

372 days ago
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Henri    

That is so not MJ!

372 days ago
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Warren    

MJ actually looks normal in that pic. Gee, jeans, sneakers, and a polo shirt. MJ went off the deep end not long after this photo was taken.

372 days ago
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Mariapaola    

That doesn't look Michael Jackson, uhm.

372 days ago
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Tkinmotion    

More like an MJ impersonator.

372 days ago
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littlebigfoot    

That is not Mutombo or Michael Jackson in that pic! They appear to be the same size, Mutombo is 7'2"! Michael Jackson was white by the time Mutombo became famous! Also, what are they doing hanging out in the Budget Inn?? BS impersonators!

372 days ago
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