During an exclusive interview with Storage Wars auctioneer Dan Dotson, he revealed his own biggest score from a storage unit auction.
The hit A&E reality series has been on the network since 2010. The first 12 seasons of the show aired from 2010 to 2019 but took a short hiatus until Season 13 returned in April 2021. Earlier this week, Storage Wars‘ 14th season debuted. And like every other season, Dotson is back at the helm of the series.
The auctioneer and his wife, Laura Dotson, not only created the show, but also helped handpick the buyers. The couple came up with the idea while traveling around California and auctioning off unpaid storage lockers. If renters don’t pay their storage fees for three months, their contents can be sold as a single unit. The show features professional buyers who visit storage facilities all over California looking for their next gold mine.
As Season 14 approached, Monsters & Critics spoke to the Storage Wars husband and wife. The outlet asked the pair about their own biggest score from an auction. Dan said their best auction purchase came in the form of some unexpectedly rare coins.
“Back in 1989, I acquired five coins from a $75 unit — 1883-O marks — which we sold for $26,000. They were between two pieces of glass separated by the old electrical metal tape. And a Sears catalog cover was all cut out and they were all put in there. They were just a beautiful set of coins. So, at the time we ran an auction house in Southern California that was just on a shoestring budget. I actually bought a unit and I scored, and that kept us in business there for over a decade. So, you really never know what you’re going to find,” Dan shared.
‘Storage Wars’ Auctioneer Had No Idea What the Coins Were Worth
In Dan Dotson‘s case, he had no idea how much the coins were worth. After ignoring them for a bit, his mother is who finally convinced to have them appraised.
“I had no idea,” the Storage Wars star admitted in the interview. “My mom kept saying, ‘Hey, you’ve got to take those coins and figure out what they’re worth.’ So I took them to one guy and he goes, ‘Hey, those might be worth four grand.’ So I wrapped them in tissue, put them back in my pocket. I took them to another guy and he goes, ‘Hey, these might be worth five grand.’ So between these two guys, I got them to offer six thousand.”
However, Dotson’s mother suggested to her son to hold off on selling them. His mom was right for thinking so, and called in one more rare coin expert.
“So, then my mom said if she was playing poker she wouldn’t fold right now,” he added. “So, she got a hold of David Hall Rare Coins, a PGCS grader, and we sold the coins to them. We made an appointment, went down there, and they said that our coins were worth $25,920.”
Considering Dotson made an extra $20,000 compared to his original offers, we hope he took his mother out for a nice dinner at a minimum.