But their behavior in recent months has been oddly out of sync with their stature as antique world luminaries. More bizarrely, in several instances during one auction, the brothers, who are partners in at least one business, bid against each other. Their competing efforts sent the price of routine items soaring, according to court papers. At that auction in April, for example, by New Orleans Auction Galleries, the Kenos bid against each other about 50 times for a Turkish Angora carpet, according to court papers filed by the auction house.
By Chris Summers For Mailonline. Leigh Keno left and twin brother Leslie are among the best known antique dealers and appraisers in the U. One brother was bidding by phone and the other online. The lawsuit accuses them of 'auction misconduct, which resulted in unjustifiably higher purchase prices of auction items. The brothers deny anything untoward happened and say the New Orleans bidding was just a mix-up. The twins claimed the New Orleans bidding was a genuine mix-up and, in an email to the auction house, said: 'We made a mistake, and I would hope that given the amount of property we purchased, you would forgive us for this mistake. The twins are considered experts on Americana and vintage automobiles.
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Leigh Ronald Keno and Leslie Bernard Keno twins born March 14, are American antiquarians , authors , historic car judges, preservationists, and television hosts. They are widely known as appraisers on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow , for favoring preservation of antiques over restoration, and for their high-energy personalities. Leigh was born 13 minutes before his brother. Leigh attended Hamilton College graduating with a bachelor's degree in the History of Art in While there, his activities included an interest in health and fitness, as well as in vintage automobiles.