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
You have seen him and his bother Leslie hundreds of times on the PBS Antiques Roadshow, Leigh Keno and Martin discuss aspects of Keno Auctions, (est. in 2009), fine Period American furniture, and the effects of restorations of vintage autos to fine period furniture. They also talk about Modern Art, today’s hot trends and more. Check out: kenoauctions.com Also, check out Keno Bros line of furniture: kenobroscollection.com