About Hindman

Hindman is one of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses. With an unyielding focus on client service, Hindman offers holistic solutions to connect clients in local US cities to the global art market. Hindman operates more salerooms in the United States than any other auction house and conducts over 100 auctions a year in categories such as fine jewelry, fine art, modern design, fine books and manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts, couture, Asian works of art, arts of the American west, numismatics, and more.

Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman is home to 150 employees, with additional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale and St. Louis.

Recognized for providing exceptional customer service, Hindman regularly handles significant estates from around the country including collections from Oprah Winfrey, Leona Helmsley, John Belushi, David Stickelber, Lilly Pulitzer, Arthur Rubloff, Mrs Robert R McCormick, the Potter Palmer families, Reid I Martin, and many others.

In 1982, Leslie Hindman founded Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois, and within a few years it grew to be the largest auction house in the Midwest, and one of largest in the country. As a result of the firm’s outstanding reputation, it was acquired by Sotheby’s in 1997. When the opportunity presented itself, Leslie reopened Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in 2003 and continued her growth trajectory.

Also part of the Hindman family of auction houses, Cowan’s Auctions was opened in 1995 by Wes Cowan in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cowan’s quickly earned a reputation for integrity, customer service and great results. In 2018, these two firms became the foundation for Hindman, a rapidly growing organization with the ambition to be the nation’s most client-centric auction house.


Leslie Hindman, Founder, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Leslie S. Hindman is one of the country’s foremost authorities on the buying and selling of antiques, fine art and collectibles.

In 1982, she founded her auction house in Chicago and built it into one of the largest in the country. As a result of her firm’s outstanding reputation for customer service, integrity and realizing high prices at auction, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was acquired by Sotheby’s in 1997. Ms. Hindman reopened Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in July 2003.

Leslie Hindman, Founder, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Wes Cowan, Founder, Cowan’s Auctions

Wes Cowan is founder of Cowan’s Auctions, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. An internationally recognized expert in historic Americana, Cowan stars in the PBS television series History Detectives and is a featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.

Wes Cowan writes an antiques column for the Cincinnati Enquirer and is a frequently requested speaker at antiques events around the country. Cowan is licensed as an auctioneer in Ohio and holds a B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

After receiving his doctorate degree, Wes Cowan joined the Anthropology department of Ohio State University in 1980. In 1984 he moved to Cincinnati to assume the post of curator of archaeology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. He has been published widely in the fields of American archaeology and paleoethnobotany, and is co-editor of The Origins of Agriculture in International Perspective and Societies in Eclipse: Eastern North America at the Dawn of European Colonization. In 1995, Wes Cowan left academia and the museum world to grow Cowan’s Auctions into an internationally recognized auction house, leading it through tremendous growth over the past 25 years.

Wes Cowan, Founder, Cowan’s Auctions

Thomas Galbraith, CEO, Hindman

Hindman is led by CEO Thomas Galbraith. Hired in 2018 to lead the future of the organization, Mr. Galbraith oversees the organization’s expansion, business development, operational excellence and digital transformation.

Prior to joining Hindman, Mr. Galbraith served as Managing Director of Paddle8, and prior to that as Director of Global Strategy for Artnet. He most recently served as interim CEO for Twyla, a Google Ventures backed startup.

Mr. Galbraith has been an important part of the art market for over 15 years. He has extensive knowledge and connections across a broad segment, ranging from the FBI Art Crime Team to AIG Art Insurance, auction houses galleries and market analysts. He has been a long term member, and served as the Treasurer, for the APAA (Association of Professional Art Advisors). He has been a leader at both innovative new companies in the art market like artnet and Paddle8, as well as major Fortune 500 companies, like AXA and AIG.

Thomas Galbraith, CEO, Hindman