The huge gamble that netted Storage Wars’ Dave Hester $155,000


In an interview with La Crosse, WI radio station 95.7 The Rock, Dave Hester, usually a smug agitator on “Storage Wars,” humbly offered that securing valuables is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. It helps to have the veteran buyer’s attention to detail. For her biggest score yet, Hester noticed the vintage packaging of her offering. “I could tell the boxes were 1950s boxes,” said Hester, who deposited $750 for its contents. “I bet on it, and it turned out to be an oil painting by Jack Wilkinson Smith, who was a California Impressionist, and I sold it for $155,000.”

Smith is a famous painter who appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. The artist moved to the West Coast in 1906, where he lived until his death in 1949 at the age of 75. He’s best known for his awe-inspiring Golden State landscapes (via Fine Arts of Kargès). It’s a fitting find for Hester, who made a name for herself working in the California auction scene.

It’s bets like this that have made Hester such a hit, both on “Storage Wars” and through his own auction house, Dave Hester Auctions. According Net worth reporter, Hester is worth between $3 and $5 million. “Sometimes in this business, it’s better to leave your money in your pocket than to spend it and have to work hard,” Hester said on “The Big Show J.” Luckily for Hester, he knows exactly when to make a big bet.


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