For over three decades, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has been an industry leader combining recognition as the Midwest’s leading fine art auctioneers with a global reach of buyers. Founded in 1982, sold to Sotheby’s in 1997 and reopened in 2003, Leslie Hindman has remained a force behind high profile auctions of everything from contemporary paintings and fine jewelry to French furniture and rare books and manuscripts, and always achieves the strongest prices while maintaining high levels of integrity and customer service.
In 1982, Leslie Hindman founded her eponymous auction house in Chicago, Illinois, and within a few years it grew to be the largest auction house in the Midwest and one of largest in the country. The company conducted many significant and highly publicized auctions, including sales of memorabilia from the historic Comiskey Park and Chicago Stadium and the personal property from such renowned estates as Arthur Rubloff, Mrs. Robert R. McCormick, the Potter Palmer families, and Dole heiress Elizabeth F. Cheney.
As a result of the firm’s outstanding reputation, it was acquired by Sotheby’s in 1997. Since reopening in 2003, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has handled the Estates of Lilly Pulitzer, Leona Helmsley, Dr. Paul J. Vignos Jr., Betsy Pickering Kaiser, the collections of Ralph Esmerian, the Gary Pepper collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia and many more. The auction house, which currently conducts more than 50 auctions a year has expanded to include five regional offices in Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach and St. Louis.