Marie Keep is the founder and Director of the Fine Wines department at Skinner. In spearheading this strategic business effort, Marie was instrumental in establishing Skinner as the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction. Her personal knowledge and passionate appreciation for the finest producers and vintages have quickly made Skinner a viable venue for the consignment and purchase of fine wines.
Actively involved in Boston’s growing food and wine community, and a long time wine connoisseur, Marie launched Skinner’s Fine Wines Department at the close of 2006. She also established Skinner’s collaboration with its retail partner, Lower Falls Wine Company, a third generation wine seller based just west of Boston.
Marie also plays a key role operationally at Skinner as Managing Director of its two galleries. In this capacity she manages day to day operations at Skinner, oversees 60 auctions and events annually, and manages over a dozen staff members. Marie joined Skinner in 1998 as the Boston Gallery Director, a position she held until 2007.
Prior to joining Skinner, Marie worked in New York at Christie’s auction house. She has also worked as a teacher for children at risk. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Vassar College.