‘Storage Wars’ Auctioneers Mine $500,000 in Spanish Gold

Auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson on "Storage Wars" (Photo: A&E)

Thar’s gold in them thar storage units — about a half-a-million bucks worth, according to TMZ.com.

The see-all, know-all Web site reports here that A&E’s “Storage Wars” auctioneers — Dan and Laura Dotson — recently sold off a foreclosed storage unit for $1,000 that turned out to be worth $500,000.

The reason: Unbeknownst to the auctioneers, or the unnamed buyer, the unit contained a massive collection of gold Spanish coins dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The collection — contained in a box that was so heavy it took three people to lift it — was appraised at around half-a-million dollars, TMZ said.

It wasn’t clear if this particular unit was auctioned off as part of the A&E series, especially since the buyer was unnamed. If it was one of the show’s stars, we figure A&E would have announced it.

Coincidentally (hmm, are there ever really “coincidences” in the TV business?), all-new episodes of “Storage Wars” start tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 15) on A&E at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c.

A&E also recently announced a premiere date for its first “Storage Wars” spinoff. The Dallas-based “Storage Wars: Texas” premieres Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10:30/9:30c, following the original, L.A.-based “Storage Wars.”

A&E hopes to strike some gold of its own — ratings gold — with the new “Storage Wars” since the original is A&E’s highest-rated series to date, averaging 4.7 million viewers an episode.

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