Mary Kohnke, ISA , Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Specialty Studies: Rare Books, Autographs, Memorabilia



Mary Kohnke
ISA member since Jan 16, 2017

(817) 366-2922 (Office)

By Appointment Only
Chicago, IL 60607 map

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Mary Kohnke is the owner of Ex Libris Appraisals, LLC, located outside Chicago, IL. With nearly a decade of experience, she specializes in the appraisal of archives, rare books, manuscripts, memorabilia and other historical artifacts, for private, institutional and corporate collections.

In addition to a wide array of rare and antique books from the fifteenth century to present day, Ms. Kohnke's areas of expertise include entertainment memorabilia, natural history prints by John James Audubon and his contemporaries, printed and manuscript Americana, livres d'artistes, modern first editions and cartography.

As Director of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Ms. Kohnke oversaw a number of significant sales, including the Gary Pepper Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia, the Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup Banner, and the Buzz Spector Collection of Artist's Books, as well as property from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University Galter Health Sciences Library, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Newberry Library, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She has appeared as an expert in national news sources and programs, including the Emmy award winning sports appraisal show, A Piece of the Game.

Additional services include collection consultation, collection management, and inventory preparation for planning purposes. Ms. Kohnke is a licensed auctioneer in the state of Illinois and is available for speaking opportunities.