Leslie Hindman Auctioneers moves to bigger West Loop building

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is moving around the corner from her current West Loop location to a new space nearly three times as large.

The auction house, which re-opened in 2003, is moving Thursday to a 30,000-square-foot building at 1338 W. Lake St., which she will own. That is less than half-a-mile away from its current 12,000-square-foot home at 122 N. Aberdeen St.

“We will do about $20 million in business this year,” said Leslie Hindman, president of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. “I didn’t expect the company to grow so quickly. We have employees who don’t have a desk.”

Ms. Hindman said she had been looking for a bigger building to buy for the past couple of years that offered a parking lot and was on a well-known street in the West Loop. She said she sold the Aberdeen building to Harpo Studios.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was founded in 1982 by Ms. Hindman, who gained fame among Chicago’s art collectors community by auctioning off Vincent van Gogh’s “Still Life with Flowers” for $1.43 million. She sold the company to Sotheby’s Holding Inc. in 1997, but then re-opened as an independent company in 2003.