Antiques and Fine Art Auctions Blog

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Virtual First Tuesday | April 7

Join us for First Tuesday online!

Tuesday, April 7 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Find out the value of your objects from your home!

While we cannot invite you to join us in our Marlborough Galleries on April 7, we are still here to help. Skinner specialists will be on hand from 1:30PM 4PM to evaluate items via email. Contact us with your requests at evaluations@skinnerinc.com and we will answer them in as “real time” as we can. Specialties for this First Tuesday will include fine art, jewelry, watches, scientific instruments, modern design, fine silver, and European antiques.

Please submit photos and brief descriptions of your items. Limit of 3 objects per person.

SUBMIT REQUEST HERE

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The Lankton Collection of African Art online

The Lankton Collection of African Art online

BID ONLINE MARCH 24–31, 2020

The Lankton Collection, an auction comprising approximately 575 pieces of African Art includes a wide range of tribal groups and object types, from masks, small figures, fiber, utilitarian objects, and large sculpture. A particular emphasis is on works from the Baule and Senufo peoples of the Ivory Coast; the Dogon from Mali; masks and sculptures from the diverse cultures of the Congo.Read More

Now is the Time! Bid Online at Skinner for Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments

MARLBOROUGH, MA – MARCH 18, 2020 – Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments are on offer as an online internet auction at www.skinnerinc.com with bidding open from April 6-14. The sale offers rare and unusual horological and early optical apparatus finds, as well as vintage wrist watches from the 1920s through the early 2000s. 

Featured Watch: the Rolex Daytona 6239 

Single-owner Rolex Daytona Reference 6239 “Exotic” Dial Wristwatch, c.

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POSTPONED: Renewable Interiors at Auction – Recycling with Style

Renewable Interiors at Auction – Recycling with Style

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 | 2PM-7PM | 63 PARK PLAZA, BOSTON

Welcoming professional and do-it-yourself interior designers to an open house at our Boston Gallery featuring furniture, art, design and antiques from various Skinner specialty areas. Specialists from each department will be on hand to discuss the pieces in the gallery and the types of material one can expect to discover in our major sales.Read More

Providence Consignment Day | March 11

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 | 11AM-3PM | PROVIDENCE, RI

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2020 auctions. Meet with Skinner experts in Providence, RI on March 11 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your jewelry, fine art, silver, musical instruments and European antiques. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time. High-quality photos are recommended for large or particularly fragile items.Read More

Choice Older Collections Lead Skinner Coins & Currency Auction

The February 2020 Skinner Coins and Currency auction offered choice older collections; and experienced spirited bidding with many lots far surpassing their high estimates, with particularly strong results for ancient and world coins, with American rarities, peppered throughout the auction. The auction was 99% sold by lot. Three of the more prominent collections were amassed in the mid-20th century, creating excitement with our buyers for such fresh-to-market material.  

Approximately 128 Mostly Roman and Byzantine Ae Coins, sold for $11,250 1940 Greek George II Proof 100 Drachmai, NGC PF65, sold for $2,125

Some of the more notable groups of ancient Greek and Roman coins included denarii of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Cassius, and Marc Antony (lot 1002), and sestertii of Nero, Trajan, Caligula, and Nerva (lot 1008).… Read More

First Tuesday | March 3 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, March 3 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling, Kaitlin Shinnick & Stuart Slavid will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

‘Starter Cellars’ to Start your Wine Collection

Building a wine collection from scratch can be a daunting undertaking, which is why Skinner is introducing ‘Starter Cellars,’ giving bidders the resources to build an impressive wine list from the ground up.

Starter cellars are designed to fit within your interests and your cellar and are curated to allow for exploration, education and growth. The collections vary in bottle size, regions and vintages, giving you the flexibility to decide what type of collection you would like to build and the advantage of having bottles already aged ready to open and others to lie down and appreciate in value and drinkability.… Read More

Hartford Consignment Day | February 12

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 | 11AM-3PM | HARTFORD, CT

Hosted at the Connecticut Historical Society.

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2020 auctions. Meet with Skinner experts in Hartford, CT on February 12 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your jewelry, fine art, Asian art, and musical instruments. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.Read More

First Tuesday | February 4 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, February 4 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling, Kaitlin Shinnick & Suhyung Kim will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

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