Chicago auction house opens in Florida

Leslie Hindman aims to serve the entire Southern region with her outpost in Naples

NEW YORK. Chicago-based Leslie Hindman whose eponymous auction house is the largest in the Midwest with 40 sales annually has just staked out a Naples, Florida outpost. She expects to hold three sales yearly and ship material from there to her Illinois sales room.

“There’s really no auction house serving the South and Naples is filled with solid people from the Midwest, so it’s a great place for us,” says Leslie Hindman, who has taken a 3,000-sq-ft premises. She plans for her Florida quarters of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to tackle the entire Southern region.

To chase down consignments, Hindman has brought on two veterans of David Lester’s fair empire, International Fine Art Expositions, based in nearby Bonita Springs. They include Maura Ross and Kristin Vaughn.

Ms Hindman has been a trailblazer of sorts in Chicago. She played a role in Sotheby’s opening a Chicago office, which was headed by the dynamic Catherine Hamilton, who later founded the American Friends of Versailles, back in 1978. In 1982, Hindman opened her own auction house which she sold to Sotheby’s in 1987.

She has since started up her auction house yet again, and says it is hardly a regional operation. “With 70% of what we sell going to buyers far outside Chicago, we have a global network,” says Hindman.

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