The Estate of Steve and Peggy Fossett  

The Estate of Steve and Peggy Fossett

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This October Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will offer property from the estate of Steve and Peggy Fossett. This landmark collection will be sold October 30 and 31 at auction and will be on view in Chicago October 26 – 29.

Steve Fossett was a record-setting adventurer and explorer. He was friends with Richard Branson, whose Virgin Group sponsored a number of Fossett’s sailing and aviation attempts. He was the first person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the Earth in a hot air balloon. He broke records of speed and distance as a sailor and was one of the sport’s most prolific distance record holders.

He participated in races across many disciplines, including the Iditarod, Ironman and Paris to Dakar Rally. He also swam the English Channel and climbed some of the highest mountains on Earth. Fossett was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Explorers Club.

Steve and Peggy met in 1969 while both attending Washington University in St. Louis. Their second date took place in a Cessna 172 with Steve as pilot as he participated in an air show. While Steve’s adventures carried him around the globe, Peggy, his strongest advocate and supporter, made certain their homes were stylish places of refuge.

On October 30, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will offer the Fossetts’ collection of antiquities, fine art and Asian works of art in the single-owner sale: Worldly Pursuits: An Adventurer’s Collection; The Estate of Steve and Peggy Fossett. On October 31, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will present Part I of the sale: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. The sale will offer significant works in the fields of aeronautics, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, circumnavigation and mountaineering as well as works relating to some of the most notable figures in the field of exploration.

Further selections from the Fossetts’ Beaver Creek home will be sold in our Denver saleroom this November.

Tuesday, October 30 | 12pm CT

Catalogues Online September 28

Worldly Pursuits: An Adventurer’s Collection. The Estate of Steve and Peggy Fossett

Wednesday, October 31 | 10am CT

The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett, Part I

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fossett library part I cover


Corbin Horn

Senior Specialist, Furniture and Decorative Arts


Gretchen Hause

Director, Fine Books and Manuscripts



An exhibition for both sales will be held in our Chicago office.

1338 West Lake Street

Chicago, IL 60607

Friday, October 26 | 10am – 5pm

Saturday, October 27 | 10am – 3pm

Sunday, October 28 | 12pm – 4pm

Monday, October 29 | 10am – 5pm

Photos courtesy of Ron Bird Photography

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