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Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction Yields Strong Results

Salon Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1985, 4 bottles (Lot 14, Sold for: $3,567)

BOSTON, February 16, 2018. Lively turn out and compelling bidding resulted in strong results for Skinner’s mid-winter Fine Wines & Rare Spirits live auction with an average sell-through rate of over 96%. The February 15th auction consisted of 484 lots of fine wines and rare spirits including extensive selections from two important collections: Winter’s Collection and The Nantucket Cellar continuing the Skinner tradition of scrupulously researched fine wines and rare spirits.

The Winter’s collection included jaw-dropping Champagnes, a robust study in Rhones and an enviable collection of Barbarescos and Barolos from legendary vintages. Outstanding examples include:

  • Champagne Salon, 1985 (Lot 14, 4 bottles, sold $3,567), an astounding wine made only in the best vintages entirely in the style of Blanc de Blancs.
  • Guigal La Landonne, 1988 (Lot 43, 6 bottles, sold $3,998)
  • Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva Speciale 1978 (Lot 79, 1 bottle, sold for $2,706)
  • Barolo Falletto Santo Stephano Riserva 1989 (Lot 87, 1 bottle, sold $2,214)

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996, 1 case (owc) (Lot 187, Sold for: $11,070)

The Nantucket Cellar represents over twenty years of discerning collecting by a passionate connoisseur who sourced select wines by visiting properties and meeting producers. Rich pockets of Bordeaux and the Rhone reveal a deep appreciation for both regions along with Burgundy, Piedmont and California. Highlights include:

  • Château Lafite Rothschild 1996, twelve bottles (owc) of a remarkable, greatly sought-after vintage (Lot 187, sold for $11,070)
  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild, (Lot 184, 1 bottle, sold $2,952)
  • Château Cos d’Estournel Vertical spanning four decades, an impressive selection that is part of a larger assembly of Cos (Lot 200, 19 bottles, estimate 2706)

Other splendors from various consignors were equally enticing:

  • Chateau Margaux, 1990 (Lot 305A, 12 bottles, sold for $11,070). This “gorgeous,” “sensual” wine received 100 points from N. Martin for TWA.
  • Domaine de la Romanee Conti Richebourg 1955, (Lot 335, 1 magnum, sold $3,690)
  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2013, (Lot 493, 12 bottles (2 x owc), sold $4305)

Ardbeg Provenance 1974, 6-pack (Lot 425, Sold for: $18,450)

The rare spirits offered in this sale were worthy companions to the outstanding wines. Choice beverages of modern classics, along with special and rare bottlings.

  • At the head of the whisky, class is an original six-pack of Ardbeg Provenance, (Lot 425, sold $18,450) distilled in 1974 and bottled in 2000.
  • Laphroaig, distilled in 1960 (Lot 432, sold $5,535) bottled in 2000 at the life-beginning age of 40.
  • WL Weller 19 Years Old 1980, (Lot 450, 1 750ml bottle, sold $3690)

Specialists in the Skinner Fine Wines & Rare Spirits department are available to discuss single bottles and entire cellars.   



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Collecting Signed Historic and Literary Documents

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, autograph letter signed as President, concerning collective bargaining. Sold for $13,530

“Alexander Hamilton actually touched this!” Many of us have felt this childlike sense of excitement at museums, libraries, in the classroom, and in historic buildings where important events took place. When the impulse to collect grabs hold, the excitement increases exponentially.

The sense of awe we feel gazing through glass at a museum can be replaced by the intoxicating pride of ownership: Alexander Hamilton actually touched this, and now it’s mine!… Read More

Guide to Collecting John James Audubon Prints


Audubon, John James (1785-1851) Fish Hawk, Plate 81. [from] The Birds of America. London: R. Havell, 1827-1838. Sold for $43,050

Five of the entries on the list of the top ten most expensive books ever sold are copies of The Birds of America by John James Audubon. The double elephant folio sold for $10.3 million in 2010.   A giant in both price and volume – the complete work measures 39.5 inches by 28.5 inches and contains 435 plates.… Read More

African American History from Middle Passage to Present Day Highlighted in Skinner Auction

BOSTON, February 12, 2018. Significant and wide-ranging participation by museums interested in adding to their public collections led the Skinner February 9th auction of the Collection of Avis and Eugene Robinson. More than twenty-six cultural and educational institutions, in this country and abroad, vied to bid on items from the collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs chronicling the full scope of African American history from enslavement to emancipation, from Jim Crow to Civil Rights to the present day.  In all, the collection formed a rich mosaic portraying the complex, often painful, often triumphant history of a people.… Read More

The First Paper Currency of Panama

1941 Panamanian Banco Central de Emision 10 Balboas Arias Seven Day Issue, Pick-24a, PMG Very Fine 25 NET (Lot 1560, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)

1941 Panamanian notes are some of the most collectible and widely sought after pieces of world money in the numismatic community,

so much so that the 20 Balboa note is featured on the back cover of an issue of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. While this issue is relatively modern, its story is what makes any survivor a rarity of increasing value.… Read More

Raise a Glass: Mid-winter Fine Wines and Spirits Auction at Skinner Brims with Splendid Choices

The Fine Wine & Rare Spirits auction will take place February 15, 2018, at Skinner, 63 Park Plaza, Boston. The live auction begins at 6 PM, supplemented with real-time online bidding. A select number of wines will be available for sampling prior to the sale; please contact the Fine Wines department at 508-970-3246 for tasting information.

Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1990, 6 bottles (Lot 274, Estimate: $900-1,200)

Department head Marie Keep notes that wines and spirits are unique among Skinner’s many offerings because they are consumables.… Read More

On the Money: Skinner’s Coins and Currency Auction


Offering an intriguing variety of coins, paper money, and other numismatic treasures

Coins and currency combine historic interest, aesthetic appeal, and very often intrinsic value as well. The examples in this sale span centuries and continents. Many items are fresh to market from long-treasured family collections.

Among the notable lots being offered are rare Panamanian banknotes from the short-lived 1941 administration of Arnulfo Arias.… Read More

Skinner South Florida Events

Jewelry History Symposium

Kaitlin Shinnick, Senior Specialist in the Skinner Fine Jewelry Department, will lead off the two-day Jewelry History Symposium this week in Miami. The conference is organized by the Original Miami Beach Antique Show and held at the Miami Fair Expo Center, the two days prior to the opening of the show. Kaitlin will open the conference with what everyone wants to know, “What’s Hot at Auction.” Skinner is a proud sponsor of this fantastic event, for more details and a list of presenters visit the show website.… Read More

February Consignment Days

New York City and Providence Consignment Events for Fine Jewelry, Silver and European Decorative Arts


Tuesday, February 13 | Providence, Rhode Island 

Fine Jewelry 


Fine Jewelry experts from Skinner will be on hand to provide free verbal evaluations for single items and collections as well as accept consignments for their spring auctions. Call us at 617.874.4313 for more information.




Wednesday, February 14 | New York City

Fine Jewelry 

Skinner New York

415 Madison Ave #1418 New York, NY 10017

10AM – 4PM

Fine Jewelry experts from Skinner will be on hand to provide free verbal evaluations for single items and collections as well as accept consignments for their spring auctions. … Read More

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting Events | New York & Boston

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting Events

Thursday, February 8 | New York | 5:30PM

The Cosmopolitan Club The Sun Room 122 East 66th Street New York, NY 10065


Monday, February 12 | Boston | 4PM

Troquet on South 107 South Street Boston, MA 02111


Meet the specialists from the Fine Wines Department and taste highlights from the two pillars of our upcoming February 15th auction – Winter’s Collection and The Nantucket Cellar.… Read More

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