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Skinner Announces Spring Gentleman’s Auction Opening May 28th

Modern Novels Adapted to Film Thrillers, Six Volumes (Lot 1057, Estimate $200-$400)

Modern Novels Adapted to Film Thrillers, Six Volumes (Lot 1057, Estimate $200-$400)

BOSTON, MA – May 26, 2015 – Timed to mark the rites of spring, including Father’s Day and graduation, and curated to pique the interest of all gentlemen, this online-only Gentleman’s Auction opens on Thursday, May 28th at 10 A.M. ET and runs until Monday, June 8th, with the first lots closing at 4 P.M. ET.

Luxury Travel & Jewelry

For globe-trotting gentlemen preferring to travel in style there is no shortage of luxury travel and men’s jewelry items to choose from: including an American sterling silver set, which contains a Tiffany yo-yo engraved High Yield (Lot 1006, Estimate $800–$1,200); two Louis Vuitton Monogram Suitcases, complete with brass hardware, natural cowhide leather trim and red interior label (Lot 1007 & Lot 1008, Estimate $400–$600 each); a 14 karat gold Omega open-faced pocket watch (Lot 1002, Estimate $300–$500); and two 14 karat gold watch chains (Lot 1003, Estimate $400–$600).

Nautical Arts & Antiques

A series of seafaring-themed lots begins with a C. Plath 7-inch sextant, Hamburg, Germany with a pierced frame and inset silvered brass scale, complete with a mahogany box and manual (Lot 1013, Estimate $400-$600). Also available is a 19th century Hill & Price 8-inch anodized brass sextant engraved with Hill & Price Bristol & Cardiff, all pieces housed in a fitted dovetailed mahogany case and brass carrying handle (Lot 1015, Estimate $200-$400).

Bring the nostalgic views of a nautical New England summer indoors with various pieces of art including a framed John Wharf watercolor entitled Wave Upon a Shoal (Lot 1018, Estimate $800-$1,200).

New England Patriots Signed Football and Helmet, Riddel helmet signed by members of 2003/2004 New England Patriots (Lot 1054, Estimate $2,000-$2,500)

New England Patriots Signed Football and Helmet, Riddel helmet signed by members of 2003/2004 New England Patriots (Lot 1054, Estimate $2,000-$2,500)

All-American Memorabilia

Memorabilia of the champions includes signed items from New England Patriots Super Bowl teams (Lot 1054, Estimate $2,000–$2,500); a 1914 Boston Braves World Champion Leather pillow-top (Lot 1050, Estimate $3,000–$5,000); and a signed photo of Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen of 1914 (Lot 1052, Estimate $400–$600) among others.

A beguiling group of Marilyn Monroe ephemera, includes the famed Marilyn centerfold in the debut issue of Playboy – volume one, number one, 1953 (Lot 1042, Estimate $1,200–$1,800) and four framed Marilyn Monroe calendars (Lots 1044-1047, Estimates $200-$300 each).

Gentlemen’s Lounge

To refine the Gentleman’s refuge, a miniature case of 44 drawers with brass pulls (Lot 1005, Estimate $600-$800); a Nathaniel Hill two and a half inch pocket globe c. 1754 illustrating the northwest portion of America as “unknown parts” housed in a custom glass case (Lot 1001, Estimate $4,000-$6,000); and a 19th century Eagle Pommel sword and scabbard with foliate designs and panoply of arms measuring 35 inches overall (Lot 1021, Estimate $300-$500). Also available are two aviator inspired brown leather lounge chairs and an ottoman (Lot 1037, Estimate $1,000-$1,500).

Miniature Case of Forty-four drawers, probably America, 19th century (Lot 1005, Estimate $600-$800)

Miniature Case of Forty-four drawers, probably America, 19th century (Lot 1005, Estimate $600-$800)

Stock the bar with mixed Domaine de la Voute Grand Fine Champagne Cognac 1er Grand Cru de Cognac  (Lot 1025, Estimate $500-$700); Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac in original bottling (Lot 1026, Estimate $150-$200); five bottles of mixed Courvoisier Cognac , bottled for the United Kingdom market (Lot 1027, Estimate $300-$400); three Crocodile skin and glass flasks with sterling silver mounts (Lot 1030, Estimate $300-$500); six Kirk & Son sterling silver cordials and Fisher sterling silver tray (Lot 1032, Estimate $250-$350); and of course something for the smoker with a Ronson Mastercase brushed metal cigarette case with lighter element, believed to have been property of Humphrey Bogart, engraved with “HB” (Lot 1041, Estimate $800-$1,200).

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

All lots offered at Skinner are available to view online or in person, and specialists are available to answer questions, setting our auction house apart from internet-based auction companies. There will be a preview of all the items available in this auction at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.; Thursday, June 4th, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; and Friday, June 5th, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. View driving directions.

View the catalog on the Skinner website at Each lot in the online catalog displays the current bid, asking bid, and time remaining in the auction, in addition to detailed images and condition information. Place a bid for the next bidding increment or place a maximum proxy bid. The system will automatically bid competitively up to that price. Experts are available throughout the auction to answer questions and provide additional information about the lots offered.

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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Michael Moser
Specialist, Fine Wines
Certified Cicerone®

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 27th–June 7th

Dutch Manuscript Prayerbook with Three Hand-Colored Woodcuts, Late-15th Century. (Estimate $2,000-$2,500)

Dutch Manuscript Prayerbook with Three Hand-Colored Woodcuts, Late-15th Century. (Estimate $2,000-$2,500)

Boston, MA –May  22, 2015  This spring’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at Skinner, Inc. will remain true to its title, featuring printed and handwritten material spanning six centuries and celebrating cultural, literary, and historical milestones. The online-only sale will begin on May 27th, 2015 at 12 P.M.… Read More

Collecting Fine Art Photographs


Michelle Lamunière, Skinner’s Fine Photographs Specialist, contributed an article about navigating the world of collecting fine art photographs to the May 2015 issue of Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine.

“If you’re a beginner collector or a seasoned one looking to explore a new art form, photographs are an excellent option. Because it is a reproductive medium like printmaking, photography offers an extraordinary variety of imagery, often at a more reasonable price point than paintings and sculpture.… Read More

Treasures of the Trained Eye: An Amateur Artist’s Collection of Fine Chinese Paintings

[Detail] Twelve Flower Painting Leaves from an Album, China (Estimate $5,000-$7,000)

[Detail] Twelve Flower Painting Leaves from an Album, China (Estimate $5,000-$7,000)

Our May 16th Asian Works of Art auction is bursting with flowers, birds, and butterflies, representing birds and flowers of the four seasons, a common theme in Chinese painting. China is a culture rich with the symbolic meaning of plants and animals which are celebrated in paintings and poetry. Flowers convey positive messages and play a significant role in daily life.… Read More

Skinner Spotlights Iconic Artists during American & European Works of Art Auction

Agnes Martin (Canadian/American, 1912-2004) Blue Flower, 1962 (Lot 397, Estimate $1,500,000-$2,000,000)

Agnes Martin (Canadian/American, 1912-2004) Blue Flower, 1962 (Lot 397, Estimate $1,500,000-$2,000,000)

BOSTON, MA – May 13, 2015 On May 29th, Skinner, Inc. will host an outstanding auction of American & European Works of Art, beginning with a superb range of prints and photographs at 12 P.M., followed by a strong grouping of fine paintings, sculpture, and drawings at 4 P.M. An accompanying online auction of Fine Art, covering sculpture, prints, paintings, and photographs, will take place from May 26 through June 1.… Read More

Narrative Themes in Indian Art

Miniature Painting of Sisupala and his Retinue, India, Garhwal, 18th century (Lot 11, Estimate $10,000-$15,000)

An exquisite collection of Indian Art is being offered in the May 16th Asian Works of Art auction. The carefully selected pieces in this collection are not only visually stunning, but give a glimpse into the breadth and depth of Indian spirituality and mythology. The collection of Dr. Arthur L. Funk, former University of Florida History Professor, encapsulates the diverse beauty of Indian art and includes, Indian bronzes, carved wood architectural elements, and traditional and modern Indian paintings. … Read More

Skinner Expands to New York City

Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Internationally Renowned Auction House Opens Regional Office in the Big Apple

BOSTON, MA – May 12, 2015 Skinner, Inc., auctioneers and appraisers of objects of value, is pleased to announce the opening of its regional office in New York City. Serving as a base for both longstanding and new clients in the tri-state area, the office will provide convenient access to the full range of Skinner consignment and appraisal services, as well as the auction house’s esteemed staff of experts.… Read More

May 15 | Asian Works of Art Gallery Walk

Friday, May 15, 2015

Join us for a tour of auction highlights


Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

Asian Works of Art Department Director Judith Dowling, will present highlights from the May 16th Asian Works of Art auction. Several outstanding collections of miniature paintings stand out in the May auction. Chinese, Korean and Japanese art, including jade, ceramics and textiles will also be featured.

This event is free and open to the public.… Read More

Indian and Persian Treasures Lead Skinner Asian Works of Art Auction, May 16

Sancai-glazed Pottery Figure of a Horse, China, Tang dynasty (Lot 114, Estimate $10,000-$15,000)

Four Leaves of Miniature Paintings, Iran, 18th century (Lot 28, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

BOSTON, MA – May 8, 2015 – Strong examples of Indian, Persian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art covering miniature paintings, jade, ceramics, furniture and more will be on the block during Skinner, Inc.’s live Asian Works of Art auction on May 16th. From more than 500 lots, including several outstanding private collections, buyers will discover a wide range of fresh-to-market material with exceptional provenance.… Read More

Fine Art Consignment Day | New York City

Fine Art Consignment Day

New York City

Tuesday, May 12 10am-3pm

415 Madison Avenue, Suite 1418 New York, NY 10017

Meet the Experts

Reserve an appointment with Skinner expert appraiser Robin Starr for verbal evaluation and possible consignment of your fine art.

Appointments Required: 508.970.3206… Read More

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