Leslie Hindman Auctioneers



2015-06-26 11:09:01

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is the Midwest's leading fine art auction house. Locations in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples and Palm Beach. History

Leslie Hindman founded the auction house in 1982. Within a few years it had expanded to become the fifth largest in the country.

The auction house enjoyed an enhanced profile from 1991 when it sold a previously unknown Vincent van Gogh work, Still Life With Flowers, for $1.43 million.

Sotheby’s acquired the company in 1997 but Leslie Hindman Auctioneers reopened in 2003. Since then the company has enhanced its reputation still further and has handled property on behalf of a number of leading collectors and museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kenan Heise collection of books and manuscripts.


Founder Leslie Hindman retains a presence at the company in her role as president.


The company offers a comprehensive appraisal service to both individuals and museums.


The auction house has a strong group of specialists and a worldwide team of representatives and consultants.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers holds regularly scheduled auctions featuring paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture, furniture and decorative arts, fine jewelry and timepieces, vintage couture and accessories, and fine books and manuscripts. An exceptional team of specialists – allied with a worldwide network of consultants and representatives – effectively appraise and market property leading to outstanding prices realized. Furthermore, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers provides a full range of services for trust and estate professionals.


Leslie Hindman has augmented its Chicago operations with auction facilities in Naples, Florida; Palm Beach, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Denver, Colorado.

Major sales

  • An Important American Copper Urn, Frank Lloyd Wright, sold for $772,000
  • William Adolphe Bouguereau, Le Gouter, 1889, sold for $688,000
  • Jasper Francis Cropsey, Dawn of Morning, Lake George, 1868, sold for $660,000
  • A Platinum and Diamond Ring, containing one octagonal step cut diamond weighing approximately 10.56 carats, sold for $632,000
  • An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring, sold for $542,500
  • Norman Rockwell, Playing Checkers, 1950, sold for $394,000
  • An Art Deco Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Bracelet, sold for $436,000
  • A George II Style Red Lacquered and Parcel Gilt Secretary, sold for $207,400
  • A Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Bowl, sold for $230,500
  • Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1945, sold for $146,500
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Thinking Nude, 1994, sold for $134,200

Auction catalogs


  • July 14-16, 2013 - Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts
  • July 17, 2013 - The Adell Venus Collection of Miniatures
  • July 18, 2013 - Asian Works of Art
  • July 25, 2013 - Milwaukee Summer Auction
  • August 7, 2013 - Fine Books & Manuscripts
  • August 21, 2013 - Marketplace sale
  • September 8, 2013 - Fine Jewelry & Timepieces
  • September 10, 2013 - Vintage Couture & Accessories
  • September 11, 2013 - Property from the Estate of Betsy Pickering Kaiser
  • September 12, 2013 - Florida Fall Auction
  • September 19, 2013 - Denver Fall Auction
  • September 22-23, 2013 - Asian Works of Art
  • September 24, 2013 - American & European Art
  • September 25, 2013 - Modern & Contemporary Art
  • September 26, 2013 - Fine Prints
  • September 26, 2013 - Snuff bottles
  • October 14, 2013 - Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts
  • October 17, 2013 - Marketplace sale
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