Trip to auction site was a wow event

Trip to auction site was a wow event

I got to accompany two pieces of modern high-end furniture to the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.

The pieces we took were a chair and bench, both chrome and black leather designed by Mies von der Rohe.

We were met at the shipping dock by a young man dressed in tan slacks with a black short-sleeve shirt with a white LH logo on the pocket. He said stay put and he would have our items unloaded and would get our contact, Rebecca Williams.

Two young men dressed the same as the first guy showed up and got the items from our van into the warehouse.

Williams showed up with her clipboard in very nice attire and high heels and gave us a quick idea of what was taking place within the three-story building and told us what we could partake in while we were there.

While she produced a receipt of our approved items that were unloaded, we strolled through the building and went to a hall where jewelry was on display for an upcoming sale. A uniformed security policeman was very prominent in the showroom.

There also was a tag sale going on in another room. The building was very active with men in their tan and black and young women dressed to the nines, mostly in high heels. All the employees were all business and very polite. To me it was all very impressive.

Past highlights of previous sales were framed and mounted on the lobby walls, and publications of auctions were available to see what has happened in the near past.

All in all, it was a "wow" event for me as it was my first time at a top-notch auction site.

The business is at 1338 W. Lake St., Chicago. Contacts are 312-280-1212, or

On the way home, we stopped at three sites:

— Manteno Antique Mall, 35 E. Third St. (815-468-0114)

— Castle Antique Mall, 1789 Route 50 North, Bourbonnais (815-936-1505)

— Indian Oaks Antique Mall, 1300 Larry Power Road, Bourbonnais (815-933-9998)

My wife bought two pieces of glass, and I bought quite a lot of hardware at every stop.

It was simply a good day.

Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing