Leigh Ronald Keno and Leslie Bernard Keno (twins, born March 14, 1957) are American antique collectors, writers, historical car judges, conservationists, and TV presenters. They specialize in stoneware, early American furniture and vintage cars. They are well known as appraisers of the PBS series of antique road shows because they prefer to protect antiques rather than repair them, and their high-energy personality.
The Keno couple were born to antique dealers Norma and Ronald Keno in Herkimer County, New York, and grew up in Mohawk, New York. Leigh was born 13 minutes earlier than his brother. Their father collected and restored vintage sports cars, and both parents specialized in folk art and country furniture.
Their mother will take them from school to the local flea market and antique fair on Friday. The brothers became interested. By the fourth grade, their income per weekend had reached 200 or 300 US dollars. By the age of 12, their joint diary “We are antique dealers” had been recorded on it.
At the age of 14, the brothers set a world record for American stoneware and bought an American salt-glazed stoneware pot for $3,500. Leigh studied at Hamilton College and received a bachelor’s degree in art history in 1979. There, his activities include interest in health and fitness and vintage cars. While playing drums in three bands (including drumming for the university jazz band “Hamilton Blues”), he produced a selection catalog of Hamilton’s material culture and art.
As a senior at Hamilton College, he was responsible for installing 19th-century monuments on the campus. He installed these monuments between the Little Theatre and the Bristol Centre, which were dumped in the nearby fields decades ago . Leslie attended Williams College and graduated with honors in 1979.
While serving as Sotheby’s Senior Vice President and Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Leslie married Emily Becnel, an executive from Sotheby’s UK furniture department, in New York in 1995. They have two children, Ashley and Schuyler. Lee has a son, Brandon. Leigh is an appraiser at Christie’s. He started his own business in New York in 1986 as a dealer and consultant for fine art and antiques.
Leigh and Leslie own a 1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3.5-liter engine, which they bought from their father. They raced on the Lime Rock Park track and drove this car on the Louis Vuitton Classic China Run. A 1000-mile rally from Dalian to Beijing. They served as judges for the pre- and post-war protection courses at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The twins’ brother Mitchell is an antique appraiser and he also appeared in the antique road show.