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Dan Dotson

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Dan Dotson
Born (1962-11-23) November 23, 1962 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Auctioneer, television personality
Years active1974–present
Known forStorage Wars
SpouseLaura Dotson

Dan Dotson (born (1962-11-23)November 23, 1962) is an American auctioneer who has been in the auctioneering business since 1974. Dan and his wife, Laura Dotson, run American Auctioneers, a full service auction company in Riverside, California. Dan is best known for being the auctioneer on A&E Network's Storage Wars. In 2018, he auctioned off a unit containing $7.5 million in cash in a safe.

Early life[edit]

Dotson became familiar with auctioneering, having been around the business since 1974.[1] His grandfather, Sam Fancher, was a cattle and farm auctioneer in the Ozark Mountains region of northwest Arkansas. His grandfather was apprenticed as an auctioneer by Detmen Mitchell in 1945.[2]

At the age of 11, Dotson was taught to auctioneer by his grandfather, with whom he worked as an auctioneer during the next four summers when he was not in school. At the age of 16, Dotson would skip school and instead go to the Chino auction in California, where he sold furniture for an auctioneer named Merl Bernard.[2]


American Auctioneers[edit]

Dotson started American Auctioneers in 1983. In the 1980s and 1990s, Dotson ran an auction house in Riverside that specialized in collectibles, pottery, porcelain dolls and furniture. In 1996 Dotson met Laura, who later became his wife. Laura also became Dan's business partner, and now is co-owner and manager of American Auctioneers.[2]

American Auctioneers currently specializes in auctions of storage units, estates, business inventories, and equipment, plus legal/foreclosure auctions, fundraisers, and appraisals. Dotson averages two auctions a day, six days a week.[3]

Storage Wars[edit]

In December 2010, Dotson and his wife began appearing on A&E's Storage Wars, a reality series which follows four professional buyers and their teams as they bid on storage units that are in default. Ordinarily, Dan acts as the auctioneer and Laura as the ringman, but these roles are occasionally reversed (often at Laura's request). Dan's auction chant on the show utilizes slurred multi-syllabic filler rattled out very quickly, while Laura's auction chant uses more distinct filler words and therefore sounds slower than her husband's.

His involvement in Storage Wars has led to him being featured in several news articles including The Washington Post,[4] USA Today,[5] and TMZ.[6] In 2015 Examiner.com reported that "Thom Beers came up with the idea for Storage Wars, but said that Dan and Laura Dotson inspired it."[7]


On June 16, 2014, Dotson suffered from a double aneurysm.[citation needed] He awoke at 1:30 AM asking "weird questions" in his sleep. When he awoke again at 7:30 AM, he complained of double vision and not feeling right. He went back to sleep and woke to take a shower. He collapsed and his wife Laura dialed 911. It is reported that she was given instructions from the 911 operator on how to administer CPR. Dotson underwent surgery to repair the damage.[8]

Television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ della Cava, Marco R. (January 28, 2011). "The treasures people dig up from storage units". USA Today. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "About Us". American Auctioneers. Archived from the original on August 30, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Hillard, Gloria (May 29, 2006). "Storage Facility Bidders Betting on Hidden Gems". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Hank Stuever (December 1, 2010). "'Storage Wars' and 'Gold Rush: Alaska' are mining at the recessionary frontier". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Marco R. della Cava (January 28, 2011). "The treasures people dig up from storage units". USA Today.
  6. ^ TMZ Staff (June 22, 2014). "Double Brain Aneurysm Scared Me Straight". TMZ.
  7. ^ Mandy Robinson (July 13, 2015). "Exclusive interview: Dan Dotson talks 'Storage Wars' and American Auctioneers". Examiner.com.
  8. ^ "'Storage Wars' star Dan Dotson suffers double brain aneurysm". TMZ. June 20, 2014.
  9. ^ Jon Scott (January 1, 2012). "Real Treasure Found in Storage Auction Dan & Laura Dotson American Auctioneers on Fox News". Happening Now.
  10. ^ Stanhope, Kate (April 16, 2012). "Exclusive: Hot in Cleveland Packs In Storage Wars Cameos". TV Guide. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  11. ^ "Fox & Friends Storage Wars Dan & Laura Dotson". Fox & Friends. May 21, 2012.
  12. ^ Ana Gasteyer (May 23, 2012). "Cohost Ana Gasteyer With Storage Wars and Jimmy Fallon". Anderson Live.
  13. ^ Mark Steines & Cristina Ferrare (January 22, 2013). "Outside the Lines and SportsCenter offer looks back at an eventful 2013". The Home and Family Show.
  14. ^ Dan Quinn (December 24, 2013). "Outside the Lines and SportsCenter offer looks back at an eventful 2013". ESPN Front Row.
  15. ^ "Auctioneer Dan Dotson Chants Costner's Filmography". A&E (TV channel). January 15, 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.

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