Martin visits York, Maine and speaks with longtime painting conservator, Anthony Moore on the importance of professional conservation. Anthony further discusses some techniques, as well as tells some interesting stories. anthonymooreconservation.com
Emily Susanin of Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers joins us for insight on the Chicago auction world, her involvement in the company. She further discusses the fun one can have while dealing with interesting people and pieces as well as educating one’s self in the trade.
Show Notes: A fun and informative interview with one of the leading specialists, Richard Wright, Wright20 on Mid-Century Modern, they touch on contemporary design, auctions and further discuss the company’s informative, evolving website: wright20.com
Martin Willis: Hello everyone, this is Martin Willis with the Antique Auction Forum and welcome to episode number 110 with Leslie Hindman. I hope you enjoy today’s show. This podcast is sponsored by WorthPoint. Find out what your antiques are worth at WorthPoint.com.
Hi, everyone, I’m on Skype with Leslie Hindman. How are you doing, Leslie?
Leslie: I’m doing really well, great!
Martin: And we’re calling you at your Chicago office. Can you tell us, right off the bat; I want to know how you started because I saw that you opened your first auction gallery there in 1982. What’s your background prior to that?
Leslie: You know I started working for Sotheby’s in 1978 and they opened a Chicago office and I was the assistant to the woman who was running it. It was their first branch office that they started in America. So I started there working, and I didn’t know much about the industry and I loved it immediately.
Martin: Did you have an art background or something?
Leslie: I had somewhat of an art background, but you know, just a general art history background. I was 21, I think and the woman who was opening their office needed someone just to work with her just as her assistant. I actually went to shorthand school and learned how to type, back in the day when people typed letters, and just started doing all this general office work and then really fell in love with the auction business. And our office was very successful and grew.
Martin talks to Chicago’s Leslie Hindman about her growing auction company with offices in Denver, Naples & Palm Beach, FL as well as Milwaukee. They talk about the transitions over the years, finding an unknown Van Gogh, selling memorabilia from the historic Comiskey Park, the Chicago Stadium as well as the recent upshot of handling Chinese pieces and fine jewelry. Former co-host Phyllis Kao who now works for the auction company chimes in for a quick hello. Visit: lesliehindman.com
It has been way too long since I posted my last blog. I love to write and hope to do more soon.
On my way to the Randolph Street Market in Chicago, I had left California with a day or two to spare. In taking my time, I thought I would stop at antique stores in little towns along the way. In a number of stops, people were not to crazy about the state of antique sales. However, in one store in Iowa, a man said it was his best year in the last ten. He was selling refinished oak furniture, go figure? I had to look at a calendar at a local store to make sure I had not passed through a time warp, back to 1985. …
As Stated in a Speech given by Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions, August 7, 2010.
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At the FOHBC conference in Wilmington, Ohio.
Martin Willis & Phyllis Kao go over a few interesting pieces of Americana & antique collectibles. Pieces include an emerald glass decanter, a pair of 18th century shoes, a folk art portrait, school girl sampler (sold for over $20k) and a fine carved Dutch silver mounted ivory tankard.