Having been interested in beautiful and rare Americana for more than thirty years, twin brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno are considered foremost experts on art and antiques. They are popular appraisers on the Emmy-Nominated PBS series Antiques Roadshow which is watched by over 10 million Americans every week. Both lecture extensively across the country and their energy and enthusiasm win over every audience with their enlightening, engaging presentation filled with amusing discovery anecdotes and tips on finding treasures.
Leigh Keno owns and operates Keno Auctions in New York City which had its premiere auction in May 2010. Prior to launching 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 Senior International Specialist, as well as part of the Senior International Business Development Group at Sotheby’s in New York. During his more than 30 years at Sotheby’s, Leslie has been directly responsible for numerous record-breaking sales of Americana, including the 2005 sale of the Nicholas Brown tea table attributed to John Goddard. The table achieved a spectacular $8.4 million (estimate $2,000,000-5,000,000), 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 often featured in Traditional Home magazine. In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded both Leigh and Leslie with the National Humanities Medal. In 2008, Leigh and Leslie accompanied First Lady Laura Bush on a History Channel televised tour of the White House, entitled: The White House: Behind Closed Doors. This was the first televised tour since Jacqueline Kennedy’s in 1962. Leigh and Leslie filmed a video with the History Channel at Mount Vernon for the exhibition Bringing Them Home: 150 Years of Restoring the Washington Collection. In fall 2011, Leigh and Leslie starred in Buried Treasure, a primetime reality show on FOX where the brothers visited people’s homes to discover the true value and worth of their precious, and sometimes undiscovered, valuables, changing their lives for the better.
Leigh and Leslie enjoy spending time with their families, fly-fishing and racing vintage racecars. They also design their own contemporary home furnishings lifestyle brand, Keno Bros., produced by Theodore Alexander, and sold in over seventeen countries.