Francis Wahlgren has joined Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an exclusive consultant for its fine books and manuscripts department. He will be based in New York but will assist the auction house’s eight locations nationwide, including its Chicago headquarters. He joins Gretchen Hause, director of fine books and manuscripts, who joined the firm in May of last year. Wahlgren and Hause previously worked together for seven years in the books and manuscripts department at Christie’s in New York City.
Over the past 24 years Wahlgren has appeared regularly as an appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow. He first joined Christie’s in 1987 as a porter in the books and prints departments, and while working through such historic sales as the Estelle Doheny library sale, he continued developing his expertise. In 1990 he joined Swann Galleries as a cataloger, and he became an auctioneer before rejoining Christie’s in 1993 to start a book department at Christie’s East. He headed this department until 1997, when he became head of the New York department at Park Avenue, and then he was appointed senior vice president in 2000. In 2007 he was appointed international head of the books and manuscripts department based in New York City with global responsibilities for the department, and from 2013 to his departure in 2017 he served as international director.
To contact the fine books and manuscripts department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, visit the website (www.lesliehindman.com) or call (312) 280-1212.
Originally published in the May 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest