CHICAGO, IL.- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
, one of the nations leading fine art auction companies, announced the September opening of a new auction facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The new office will be located at 414 East Mason Street, situated in downtown Milwaukee across from the Pfister Hotel. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is the largest auction house in the Midwest and the new Wisconsin location will allow the company to better serve the area.
This current market has created an ideal time to be opening in Milwaukee, says Leslie Hindman, CEO/President. The combination of people looking to sell valuables to raise capital and the influence of the global market on driving prices realized has resulted in a record year for our company. We recognize Milwaukee as a sophisticated arts community, worthy of a top-rate auction facility.
One of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers most prominent discoveries came from Milwaukee in 1991, when a previously unknown van Gogh painting was sold at auction for $1.43 million, grabbing news headlines worldwide. The company has also worked with several museums in the area, including Marquette University, Haggerty Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; the Lynden Sculpture Garden and others. The Milwaukee facility will serve as both a satellite office and event destination for regular appraisal fairs and auctions, and will be fully supported by Hindmans specialists in their six departments: Fine Art, Fine Books and Manuscripts, Fine Jewelry and Timepieces, Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Asian Art and Vintage Couture and Accessories.
We have done a great deal of business in Wisconsin and look forward to providing service to collectors, dealers and institutions, says Jim Sharp, director of regional offices. Our staff has already started receiving inquires regarding consignments.
Heidi von Hagke, Sara Mulloy, and Margaret ONeil, all with roots in the Milwaukee area, will oversee the Wisconsin operations. Ms. von Hagke, Ms. Mulloy and Ms. ONeil have experience in the fine art and antique industry and will work with private collectors, museums, institutions, and trust and estate professionals.