Inside the Fort Knox of Storage

Thursday, Dec 03 2015 03:17 PM

Inside the Fort Knox of storage: RoboVault can withstand a category five hurricane and keeps billionaires' $750,000 Ferraris, priceless art collections and vintage wine VERY safe

  •  RoboVault in Florida is all but impenetrable, with armed guards, finger print scans and bulletproof glass
  •  Manager Susan McGregor says she has seen lots of unusual items stored, including Mongolian dinosaur bones
  • She said: 'We have very wealthy clients, people that have spent their entire lives putting their collections together' 

The RoboVault also protects millions of pounds worth of goods by using bulletproof glass, biometric security, and unique passcodes.

Prices to keep belongings behind the vault's incredible 18in thick door start at a reasonable $525 - pocket change for some of the vault's celebrity users.

Susan McGregor, the Fort Lauderdale facility's president and general manager, said: 'Every day we see something different that comes through RoboVault.

Susan McGregor, RoboVault's president and general manager, poses next to one of the many vintage cars kept at the vault

The storage facility uses a car carousel to manoeuvre cars to their designated storage slot.

Some of the wine stored at RoboVault. The facility protects millions of pounds worth of goods using bulletproof glass, biometric security, and unique passcodes.

Prices to keep belongings behind the vault's incredible 18in thick door start at a reasonable $525 - pocket change for some of the vault's celebrity users.

Susan McGregor, the Fort Lauderdale facility's president and general manager, said: 'Every day we see something different that comes through RoboVault.

'I often get asked what's the most unusual that I have ever seen here and that was pallets of Mongolian dinosaur bones.

'We have very, very wealthy clients, people that have spent their entire lives putting their collections together.

Prices to keep belongings behind the vault's incredible 18in thick door start at a reasonable $525 - pocket change for some of the vault's customers.
Movie stars stash some of their most coveted possessions in the vault, but the Hollywood A-listers can be not named because of a confidentiality agreement they have with the facility.
'But we also have clients that are not super wealthy but who just want to have their collections or their items in the safest place possible.

'So some of our clients have just incredibly expensive collections and some have items that are priceless to them.'

Movie stars stash some of their most coveted possessions in the vault, but the Hollywood A-listers can be not named because of a confidentiality agreement they have with the facility.

The building also has a wine vault which is climate controlled to 12 degrees celsius - the perfect temperature to store an expensive tipple.

Susan continued: 'I was in the wine vault once and one of our clients dropped a bottle of wine.

'They just happened to mention 'there goes $8,000'. So my first thought was 'let me get some straws.'

'In terms of the art we have collections that are several thousand dollars to $70 million in value, and they cover a variety of different artists.

'I know we have had Picassos here and we have had other artists that would be very valuable.

'Our clients are not typically 9-to-5 people. So we are available to them whenever they need us.

'If a client is flying into town they will simply call us and tell us what time they will be arriving and we make sure their possessions are ready.' 

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