Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, will expand its regional reach to Atlanta, Georgia. With headquarters in Chicago, the Atlanta opening will be the firm’s eighth location in addition to Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis.
Mary Calhoun has been hired as director of business development for the location. Calhoun is a civic leader who sits on the board of numerous local organizations and helps to coordinate some of their largest annual events. These organizations include the Atlanta Opera, the Trust for Public Land, Atlanta History Center, Cherokee Garden Library and Cherokee Garden Club.
Calhoun spent seven years at Sotheby’s New York in a number of business development and marketing roles. Notably, she oversaw marketing initiatives for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Duke and Duchess of Windsor collections.
“I’m thrilled to bring my years of experience to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as the firm grows in Atlanta,” said Mary Calhoun. “With the recent hiring of Michael Shapiro, former Director at the High Museum of Art, I’m excited to help bring the exceptional service and reach of an international auction firm to Atlanta.”
Regarding Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ expansion into Atlanta, Michael Shapiro, who joined the firm as a Senior Advisor, said, “Leslie has created one of America’s leading auction houses, and I look forward to helping Leslie Hindman Auctioneers continue to flourish.”
At Sotheby’s Calhoun worked closely with management teams, specialists in numerous categories and all areas of client service. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
“We plan on making Atlanta a major auction center,” said Leslie Hindman, founder and CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, about the Atlanta opening. “We are delighted that Michael Shapiro and Mary Calhoun will lead our efforts in building a hub for the entire Southeast.”
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is a globally recognized brand with eight national offices and over 60 auctions conducted annually in collecting categories such as fine jewelry and timepieces, contemporary art, 20th century design, rare books, furniture, decorative arts and more. They work with buyers and sellers across the globe, connecting with millions of collectors through each auction conducted.