Leigh & Leslie Keno


Leigh Keno currently owns and operates Keno Auctions in New York City. Prior to Keno Auctions, Leigh owned and operated Leigh Keno American Antiques where he sold an astounding variety of American furniture, folk art and paintings including several masterpieces, often setting world record prices. Leigh is proud to have helped build some of the best private and institutional collections of Americana in the world. He has written articles for Art and Antiques, Antiques Magazine, and has co-authored two groundbreaking articles on Boston seating furniture for the Journal of American Furniture.


Leslie Keno is Senior Vice President and Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Sotheby's in New York. During his tenure of nearly 33 years at Sotheby's, Leslie has been directly responsible for numerous record-breaking sales of Americana, most recently the 2005 sale of the Nicholas Brown tea table attributed to John Goddard. Estimated at $2 million to $5 million, the table achieved a spectacular $8.4 million, a new auction record for any table and the second-highest price for American furniture. He has been published in the American Ceramic Circle and has contributed to the Sotheby's Guide to American Furniture and Sotheby's Encyclopedia of Furniture.


The Keno brothers also authored Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture. Beginning in 2001, they wrote monthly furniture and design columns for House Beautiful and This Old House magazines and are currently Editors at Large for Traditional Home magazine for which they write a monthly column. In 2005, the President awarded both Leigh and Leslie with the National Humanities Medal. They both enjoy spending time with their families, fly-fishing and racing vintage racecars.