In a story straight out of “Storage Wars”, a Maryland man spent $300 to buy the contents of a storage locker at an auction recently and found a treasure trove of items related to former All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo.
In a story first reported by TMZ.com, Adrian Petrus says he didn’t know what was inside but it quickly became apparent that he’d gotten his money’s worth.
Autographed basketballs, expensive new tennis shoes from years back, a Georgetown practice jersey that appeared to have been worn by the 7-footer, pictures that featured the likes of Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson, autographed items and more. There were also numerous works of African art signed by Mutumbo’s brother and the report indicates that’s who owned the locker. There wasn’t anything worth thousands of dollars–or so it seemed from the photo gallery published by TMZ, but it’s a nice find nonetheless.
It seems the locker came up for auction after the brother missed several rent payments. He had a good excuse. TMZ reported that the brother had gone back to the family homestead in the Congo to deal with family issues and forgot about the rent.
Adrian Petrus, the man who bought the goods, tried to reach out to Dikembe, but didn’t get a response so he’s starting to list them on eBay.