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Skinner’s Expansive Auction of Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Presents a Variety of Exceptional Offerings

Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1967 (Lot 1527, Estimate $500-700)

Fanning in every direction, the June Fine Wines & Rare Spirits auction covers a broad scope of far- reaching distilleries, producers, and vintages. A wide array of single and small lots makes collecting from this auction especially varied, approachable and exciting. The online-only auction opens for bidding on Wednesday, June 21 at 10AM and lots begin a rolling close on Wednesday, June 28 at 2PM.

The auction presents vintages that span over decades: from a bottle of Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1958, to the 2013 and 2014 releases of the much sought-after Screaming Eagle three packs in original wood cases.

The geographical range is similarly broad. Wine specialist Anna Ward points to “an incredible selection of rare bottlings of Italian producers from a bygone era including Mastroberardino Riserva Taurasi 1968.” And the singular Vega Sicilia Unico 2004 from Spain is available in two original wood three packs (Lot 1500, Estimated between $1,200-1,500).

In addition to the choice selection of wines, vintages from legendary producers of France and California are also well represented.

♦ Chateau Petrus from the highly rated 1967 vintage (Lot 1226, $3,000-4,800)

♦ Chateau Haut Brion 1959 (Lot 1011, $1,200-1,500)

♦ Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1967 (Lot 1527, $500-700)

♦ Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1974 (Lot 1547, $600-900)

To add breadth and depth to the cellar of the connoisseur, the auction includes full cases from top producers including Chateau La Tour Haut Brion (Lot 1162, $3,300-4,500).

For the blossoming collector, the adventurous spirit, or the focused buyer, there is a broad selection from single bottles to rarities to choose from. Skinner’s Anna Ward sums up the fine wines offered in this sale by commenting, “This is a unique opportunity to get ahold of hard to find bottles to readily enjoy as well as an excellent time to purchase wines that require aging before the market buoys for regions further afield from the classics.”

Van Winkle Family Reserve 16 Years Old 1968 (Lot 2035, Estimate $4,000-5,000)

To round out the wide array of fine wines, including a large selection of vintage Port, the auction offers distinguished spirits from exceptional distilleries on both sides of the Atlantic. Choice whisk(e)ys include:

♦ Auchentoshan 50 Year Old single malt, 1957 (Lot 1649, $3,000-4,000)

♦ Lagavulin 37 Years Old, 1976 (Lot 1764, $1,500-2,000)

♦ Old Rip Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Years Old (Lot 2035, $4,000-5,000)

Previews, Catalogs, and Bidding

Previews for this auction are by prior arrangement with the department. Please contact 508-970-3246, or e-mail, if you would like to arrange a preview.

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 Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


Out of Africa: Skinner Offers The Gordon Lankton Collection of African Art

Yoruba-style Woven and Shell Egungun Costume (Lot 2016, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

The African art offered in the online auction which runs from June 15 to June 23 is from the collection of Gordon Lankton of Clinton, Massachusetts. An engineer by profession, long-time CEO of a major plastic injection molding company and founder of the Museum of Russian Icons, Lankton is also a life-long collector.

His extensive holdings of African art are the culmination of a wide-ranging collecting career that has included coins (American pennies with an example for every year back to 1794); World War II posters; cast-iron toy cars; and the largest private collection of Russian icons in the country.… Read More

Solstice Pre-Auction Wine Tasting | June 21

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

Wednesday, June 21  | 6:30PM – 8PM


Please join us for an after hours summer solstice wine tasting of highlights from the Fine Wine auction and chance to meet experts from Skinner’s Fine Wines department on Wednesday, June 21 from 6:30PM-8PM at Lower Falls Wine Company.

Limited availability, please RSVP.







2366 Washington Street Newton Lower Falls MA

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Jewelry’s Power Couples | Lecture | June 22


Jewelry’s Power Couples

A Lecture by Toni Greenbaum



Art historian Toni Greenbaum will discuss several notable modern and contemporary jewelers who are married to one another. Each captivating couple has a different story to tell of how they met and forged their respective careers, as well as what – if any – collaborative practices guided their oeuvres. Beginning with Sam and Carol Kramer, who offered “fantastic jewelry for people who are slightly mad” at their post-war Surrealist-inspired Greenwich Village shop, and ending with current “jewelry anarchists” Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker, Greenbaum will discuss such international luminaries as Toza and Ruth Radakovich, Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum, David Watkins and Wendy Ramshaw, Otto Künzli and Therese Hilbert, and David Bielander and Helen Britton.… Read More

Diamonds, Signed Jewelry, and The Susan Freeman Collection Featured at Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction, June 27

Fancy Yellow Intense Diamond Ring, Oscar Heyman (Lot 401, Estimate: $30,000-50,000)

BOSTON, MA  – Skinner, Inc. presents its second Fine Jewelry auction of 2017 on June 27th in Boston. The auction will feature over 400 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.


Leading the collection of diamonds is a 10.65 carats, emerald-cut diamond graded by the GIA as a J Color, VS2 clarity (Lot 402, Estimated between $100,000-125,000).… Read More

Fine Jewelry Consignment Day | Westport Connecticut


Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department is inviting consignments for the September 19th auction. Meet with Department Director Victoria Bratberg at the Westport Historical Society for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your Fine Jewelry. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.


Westport Historical Society 25 Avery Place Westport, CT

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Fine Jewelry Department

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Fine Jewelry Preview | New York City


Fine Jewelry Preview | New York City

Join the Fine Jewelry Department in New York City to preview highlights from the June 27 Fine Jewelry Auction. Private preview times are available by appointment only.



Skinner New York 415 Madison Ave, New York

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Beauty on the Block: Led by Great Works from Great Names, Skinner’s May 19 Fine Art Auctions Totaled Over $1.8 million

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile) c. 1953 (Lot 525, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

More than 500 lots comprising paintings, sculpture, photographs, and works on paper and representing a wide range of periods, styles, and subject matter were offered in Skinner’s May 19 auction. Robin S. R. Starr, Director of American and European Works of Art, notes that the stand-out successes of the auction were major works by renowned artists.… Read More

A Celebration of Text and Art

Arabic Manuscript on Paper with Persian Commentary (Lot 1108, Estimate $2,000-3,000)

Papermaking, calligraphy, illumination, paper marbling, and gold-tooled goatskin bindings define fine bookmaking and are generally associated with western and continental books. However, mastery of these book arts was transmitted to Europe through the Middle East during the Middle Ages. Although the Chinese pioneered papermaking and printing with movable type, in Medieval times, all roads from China to continental Europe passed through the Middle East and North Africa.… Read More

First Tuesday | June 6 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, June 6 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner experts will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations during our monthly consignment event on the first Tuesday of each month.

Experts Available in June:

LaGina Austin, General Appraisals ♦ Kathleen Leland, Modern & Contemporary Works of Art ♦ Robin S.R. Starr, American & European Works of Art ♦ Kyle Johnson, Coins & Currency

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA

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