Auctioneers and Appraisers

Karen M. Keane

Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Karen M. Keane

Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Skinner Inc.






As CEO of Skinner, Inc., Karen Keane oversees the operation of one of the world’s leading auction houses, the largest in New England and a viable player in the international art and antiques marketplace. Karen was instrumental in the establishment of Skinner as a world-class auction gallery in Boston, as well as the company’s expansion into specialty areas that include Fine Musical Instruments, Science & Technology, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Fine Wines, and Judaica.

Karen brings her lifelong passion for art, antiques and the study of material culture to bear for Skinner’s business. In addition to running the company, she is also one of firm’s most versatile appraisers, possessing a broad knowledge of furniture, and fine and decorative arts. Her specialty areas include American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Americana, and Folk Art. She is also a formidable presence at the auction podium, and became the company’s first female auctioneer early in her career.

Karen is also a familiar face and leading appraiser on the PBS Emmy Award-winning TV series Antiques Roadshow. Sought-after by the media, Karen is a regular contributor to art and antiques publications, symposiums, web sites, and blogs. She lectures and conducts benefit auctions and appraisal events for non-profit and for-profit institutions nationwide. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Boston University.

Appraisal Videos

Watch Karen Keane on the PBS TV series Antiques Roadshow:

John Henry Hopkins & Family Portrait, ca. 1825
APPRAISED VALUE: $25,000 – $35,000

Paul Sormani Vitrine de Milieu, Paris, ca. 1890
APPRAISED VALUE: $12,000 – $25,000

Empire Mahogany Marble-Top Table & Portrait Painting
APPRAISED VALUE: $10,800 – $16,200

French Cartonnier Bureau Plat Movie Prop, ca. 1920
APPRAISED VALUE: $8,000 – $20,000

Regency Secretary Bookcase, ca. 1815

Tiffany Vases, ca. 1910

Gustav Stickley Dining Room Set
APPRAISED VALUE: $15,000 – $18,000

Austrian Enamel & Ebonized Cabinet, ca. 1900
APPRAISED VALUE: $20,000 – $30,000

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