Privacy Policy

Skinner, Inc.
Privacy Policy (rev. June 2018)

Skinner, Inc. values the privacy of all consignors, bidders, and users of our services and website ( Skinner’s privacy policy, set forth below, explains how we collect, use, process and protect your personal data. Please read this page carefully to ensure you understand our privacy policy, which may be updated from time to time.


You supply the majority of the personal data we collect and process by providing such data to us in person, by telephone, on a paper form, by email or online. You do this in a variety of ways, such as:

  • when you register to bid in an auction, request an evaluation, or consign your property to Skinner for sale;
  • when you express an interest in buying or selling certain types of property online, or to a member of our staff;
  • when you sign up on to receive news about forthcoming auctions and events relating to particular areas of interest, or subscribe to receive catalogss;
  • when you create and account and register to bid in a Skinner auction;
  • when you attend a Skinner event.

We may also obtain information about you or the property you own or wish to collect from other sources, such as:

  • When someone requests that you bid on their behalf or collect their property;
  • When someone introduces you to us;

Personal data collected may include your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, marketing preferences, credit information, photographic identification, and any other personal information relevant to the services we provide.

Skinners’ websites are directed to adults only. We do not accept children as bidders, consignors, or clients, nor do we knowingly collect data about them.


We may also collect general user tracking information related to our website using tools such as Google Analytics. This information is collected and stored whenever a request is made for any page or image on our servers. This information, which can be analyzed and presented in the aggregate or organized by anonymized user, captures data about your use of our site, including your IP address, operating system and browser type. To the extent such information may be transmitted to and stored by third parties, such as Google, it will be subject to the privacy policies of those parties.

Skinner also makes use of cookies on its website. Cookies are small files placed on the hard drive of your computer that helps to analyze web traffic. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. You can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies, although this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and could prevent the website from working correctly.


In addition to the foregoing, Skinner also collects, stores and processes the following personal data for the purposes set forth below:

In order to provide you with contractually requested services (e.g., bidding, selling, valuations, advice, and catalogue descriptions),Skinner collects, stores and processes such data as (1) your contact information, (2) the general or specific property that you buy, sell, or express interests in, (3) your bank account, credit cards or other payment methods, insurance, and other financial information details, (4) your marketing and communication preferences, and (5) your emails and other communications with us.

In order to document our compliance with legal obligations (e.g., the payment of taxes and customs duties, and the prevention of money laundering),or for security purposes or to assist with investigations regarding fraud, theft or other illegal activities, to investigate the provenance of specific items, or for security purposes to protect Skinner’s personnel, premises and property, Skinner may collect, store and processes additional personal data such as (1) your date of birth, (2) your photo-ID, (3) verification of your ID, (4) details of your past transactions, (4) your participation in legal disputes or proceedings, (5) your images in CCTV cameras, and (6) communications with police, courts, administrative agencies and regulatory authorities about you or persons related to you.

Skinner will not send unsolicited messages to users of our site who indicate that they do not wish to receive such messages. If you do not wish to receive unsolicited email messages from us, please contact us at


Except as set forth above, Skinner will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. However, Skinner may need to disclose certain personal information to our agents or contractors to enable us to process and keep records of transactions, administer events or communicate with you (for example: we may transfer your data to bank, payment card acquirers, shippers, warehouses, insurers, experts who help us authenticate or value property, cataloge and direct marketing fulfillment and distribution). Where we do so it will be on the basis that these agents or contractors are required to keep your personal information confidential and secure, and will not use the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for you or Skinner.

Skinner may disclose information to fulfill certain legal and regulatory requirements or if we believe, in good faith, that such disclosure is legally required or necessary to protect the rights of others or to prevent harm.


Skinner reserves the right to store your personal information for as long as we need to comply with contractual, marketing, legal, tax, accounting and other legitimate business activities, and to pursue and defend potential legal claims. In addition, Skinner will keep this information for the purpose of establishing the authenticity, provenance and title to specific art and other collectible objects of value.


Skinner will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to maintain the security and integrity of all personal information in our possession, custody or control, including protections against both unauthorized physical and electronic access. These measures may include an electronic firewall, virus scanning, installation of security patches, vulnerability testing, backup and recovery planning, employee and management training, and security audits. Skinner cannot and does not guaranty, however, that information transmitted through the internet or any computer network is entirely safe from unauthorized intrusion, access or manipulation. Skinner will have no liability for disclosure of information due to errors or unauthorized acts of third parties. Nevertheless, Skinner will provide reasonable notice in situations where we believe your personal data has been compromised.

Please remember that you play a valuable part in security as well. Your password to access our site, which is assigned at registration, should never be shared with anyone. Also, after you have finished using our site, you should log off and exit your browser so no unauthorized persons can use our site with your name and account information. Furthermore, if you provide any information to parties who operate websites that are linked to or from our site, different rules may apply to their collection, use or disclosure of your personal information. We encourage you to review these sites’ policies before revealing any sensitive or personal information.


Subject Access Requests

Certain individuals (e.g., residents of the European Union) may have the legal right to make a “subject access request” to Skinner. If you have and exercise this right, and if Skinner processes personal data about you, we are required to provide you with a description and copy of that personal data, and to tell you why we are processing it.

Correction of Data/ Restriction of Processing / Deletion of Data

In addition to subject access rights, you may have a legal right to have your personal data corrected or deleted, to object to its processing, or to have its processing restricted. If you have such rights, and if you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible and we will make all reasonable efforts necessary to promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.


Skinner reserves the right to amend or update this Privacy Policy and any of our privacy practices at any time. We will notify users of this website by posting any updated policy on this page and such changes will be effective immediately and without further notice. Where appropriate, we may notify you directly of changes to the Privacy Policy either through email or a prominent notice on our website.


If you have any queries in relation to how and why we process your personal data please contact us at