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Leon Castner, ISA CAPP AAA, Ph.D.
Leon Castner has been an appraiser for over thirty years. He grew up in the auction business in northern New Jersey and worked as runner, cashier, trucker, auction manager, and eventually president and chief auctioneer. Leon served as President of The New Jersey State Society of Auctioneers and was named Auctioneer of the Year. His company regularly held over 50 auctions per year.
Leon joined forces with Brian Kathenes in the early 1990’s establishing NAC (National Appraisal Consultants, LLC). Leon travels across the country still appraising as Senior Partner and serves as expert witness in many appraisal methodology and procedure cases.
Leon was featured in an ABC 20/20 Special on Estate Auction Fraud and is a columnist for many magazines and papers. He co-hosts a weekly radio show on antiques and collectibles called Value This Radio with Brian and Leon. Leon is a Certified member of AAA. He is a graduate with an M.T.S from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has a non-traditional non-resident PH.D from Western States. He has also attended St. Michael’s Seminary for other graduate work. He is also President of the ISA Foundation.
Leon sold his auction business a few years ago and moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. He teaches religious courses and is pursuing ordination in the CEC. He enjoys teaching value -- whether it be personal property or individual and societal ethics.
Brian G. Kathenes, ISA, CAPP
Brian Kathenes is a professional appraiser, radio talk-show host and TV personalty. He is the of 'Value This! with Brian and Leon', WNTI’s weekly call-in antiques and collectibles talk show. He and his business partner, Leon Castner, share antique tips, take listeners’ calls, and answer questions on all types of antiques and collectibles. Brian is also the Managing Partner of National Appraisal Consultants, a firm specializing in personal property appraisal consulting, appraisal theory, and litigation support. He is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property in Autographs, Manuscripts & Historical Documents, and specializes in all types of collectibles.
Brian is the past Chairman of the International Society of Appraisers Ethics Committee. His clients include: Disney /MGM Studios, Chubb Insurance, U.S. Department of the Treasury/IRS, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, The National Museum of American Jewish History, and The Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka College. He is an expert on the Declaration of Independence.
Mr. Kathenes has also served as an expert witness and consultant in many appraisal-related court cases including: Richard Nixon versus the United States of America -- The Watergate Presidential Papers Trial.
Brian Kathenes has been the keynote speaker at the Folger Shakespeare Library and Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He is the past chairman of the New York Winter Antique Show Vetting committee with Leslie and Lee Keno (of Antiques Road Show fame). Brian is also the on-air TV appraiser and science fiction consultant for the Discovery Channel’s collectibles show: POP NATION: America’s Coolest Stuff.
He’s an Eagle Scout, so you know he’ll always tell you the truth, and was honored as Hope Township’s
Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
He has appraised the Batmobile, the Back to the Future Car, and memorabilia from the blockbuster movie Titanic, including the giant ship model. He has appraised items that have been on the Moon, and even appraised (and played) Elvis’ guitar.
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