Laura and her husband Dan are the voices behind the auctions on the hit TV show ‘Storage Wars’. The Dotson couple are said to be the inspiration behind the show, as reported by examiner.com in 2015, saying, “Thom Beers came up with the idea for storage wars, but said Dan and Laura Dotson inspired it.” She plays ringwoman for her auctioneer husband and gives the series a taste for game show presentation. She is a multi-lingual and smart businesswoman who knows how to close a deal and stand her ground in the business world.
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Despite the ruthless nature of the industry, Dotson is known for his charity and generous nature. She and her husband even got lucky when they bought a 60-acre tract of land in Kentucky, which turned out to be an untapped oil field. Laura may not get the most airtime, but she is the driving force behind her husband’s company, American Auctioneers.
Early life and family
Laura Dotson only came into the limelight because of her husband’s success in the auction industry.
Laura Christine Payton was born on May 13, 1968 in California, USA, where she would meet and marry her husband with whom she would build an empire. She was an active member of the Girl Scouts, a fact that would later save her husband’s life.
Not much is known about Laura’s schooling – she probably learned how to manage an auction on the job. Her husband, Dan Dotson, comes from a lineage of farmers who were active in the livestock industry, and this is where Dan learned his hereditary auctioneer singing. He taught this to his wife Laura, who occasionally shows off her skills in the workplace.
Laura Dotson began her quest for the auction industry in 1988, two years after meeting her husband. She works at American Auctioneers, where they run an average of two auctions a day, six days a week. The show’s popularity has nearly doubled their activity from 1,500 auctions per year to nearly 3,000.
In 2010, Laura and her husband appeared on the show they inspired, “Storage Wars,” in which they were tasked with auctioning lockers. The show explores the experiences of bidders seeking happiness in standard storage units. Where the show takes place, in California, storage units whose tenants are three months behind on rent are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The auctions are full of excitement because while the bidders are there and ready, cash or in pocket, they only have a limited time and viewpoint of the contents of the lockers they will be competing for. One of the most iconic moments for the couple in the show’s history was when they auctioned off a unit for $500. Much to the shock of the winning bidder, the storage space contained a $7 million vault; when the original owners of the safe reached out to buy it back for $1.2 million, the bidder was eager to obey, assuming the money had its roots in the mafia.
Laura enjoyed the fame and glory that came with the show until the two had to leave in 2015 due to budget cuts.
This didn’t dampen her for long, as the couple still ran a successful business, including an estate that had turned into an oil field, to survive.
“Storage Wars” wasn’t the only show where Laura Dotson popped up. Over the years, Laura has made several appearances and cameos on game and talk shows, her first appearance even before “Storage Wars” aired in 1984, on “The Price is Right”. She was featured in ‘Let’s make a deal’ (2003), ‘Happening Now’ (2012) and ‘Home and Family’ (2013).
Personal life and family
Laura Dotson met her husband in the late 1990s and they married in 1996. Laura’s affable nature allowed her to be a caring and understanding stepmother to Dan’s two children from a previous marriage.
But soon the two had a child of their own, two years later, born on January 9, 1998 and named Garrett Dotson. The family lives in a large luxury home in Yucaipa, California.
In 2014 actually Laura saved her husband’s life. Strangely enough, the night passed with Dan waking up several times, asking bizarre questions at first, then complaining of double vision. What Laura couldn’t have known was that Dan had had a double aneurysm. When her husband stopped responding, Laura’s Boy Scout training began. She summoned her then 16-year-old son Garrett to call 911 and immediately began CPR.
While doing word of mouth, she instructed Garrett to give chest compressions. She managed to keep her husband alive until the relevant experts arrived and placed him in professional care.
Laura Dotson and her husband are active in giving back to the community. In addition to fundraising to raise awareness and spread CPR education, they have also been involved in high-profile charity events. In August 2019, the couple held a fundraiser on the USS Zumwalt destroyer to help members of the US Navy. Later that year, they hosted another charity event alongside Kyle Richards, the star of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Laura Dotson has a curvaceous figure, which many have speculated as having undergone plastic surgery. These rumors remain unfounded, and Dotson imperturbable. Laura has long blond hair, is about 6 feet tall and although her weight is unknown, her vital stats are 40-28-37, with an hourglass figure.
Net worth and salary
Laura has an impressive net worth of $4.5 million in mid-2020. She has several sources of income, including her husband’s company, America Auctioneers, of which she is the manager. She also runs a secondary auction room online.