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Important Jewelry Preview | New York

Skinner will be hosting a preview of our November 16 Important Jewelry auction in New York from October 26th through the 28th. Please note for everyone’s health and safety that all staff and guests must wear masks at the preview, regardless of vaccination status or a negative COVID test. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Schedule an appointment: 
jewelry@skinnerinc.com
617.874.4313

New Direction for Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria; Announcing Two Important October Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is pleased to announce an exciting new chapter in its Historic Arms & Militaria department. Under the leadership of Director Christopher Fox, the department has taken dramatic steps to strengthen its commitment to offering fine historic, collectible, and sporting arms and related items to its vast client base. In the forthcoming sale, bidders will find a significantly enhanced web catalog with detailed lot descriptions, thorough condition reports, and numerous detailed photographs of each lot.… Read More

A Colt Python, Charles Russhon & The Man with the Golden Gun

To my family and friends, it’s no secret that I’m a lifelong fan of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and the films that followed. I spent many late nights in college riveted to Fleming’s prose when I should have been asleep, and I’ve seen the movies more times than I can count. While Fleming died long before I was born, I have met people who knew the writer. I have shaken hands with people who shook the hand of Ian Fleming!

As Director of Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria department, I am fortunate to be able to work with wonderful historic material.… Read More

Time on Your Hands

Each year, Skinner offers sales dedicated to clocks, watches, and scientific instruments. These auctions feature horological treasures from historic sundials and hourglasses to clocks of every description; from stately Victorian pocket watches to the most modern millisecond chronographs.

The liveliest, most popular category of timekeepers? Men’s fine vintage wristwatches. Collectors in this field, as in every aspect of collecting, have varying perspectives.… Read More

October Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester

We invite you to join us online for regional consignment days in Maine and Westchester, New York. Skinner specialists look forward to evaluating items via email, and beginning the conversation about the advantages of selling at auction.

Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches & coins and much more. Send an email with the information and images at maine@skinnerinc.com, newyork@skinnerinc.com or at the buttons below.… Read More

Alfresco Pre-Auction Wine Tasting | October 13

Alfresco Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 | 4:30PM-6PM | NEWTON, MA

Please join Skinner wine specialists for a tasting of a selection of wines from our upcoming October 26-November 4 online auction.

Sample of wines being poured:1983 Chateau Margaux1983 Haut Brion1983 Dunn Howell Moutain1945 Chateau d’Yquem

RSVP TO ATTEND

Lower Falls Wine Co.2366 Washington Street, Newton, MA

Rain date: October 20, 4:30PM-6:00PM

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Keeping Time: Skinner Announces Two October Auctions

Marlborough, MA—This October the Clocks, Watches & Scientific department at Skinner will feature two distinct sales, a live auction, Fine Horology: The Estate of David G. Newsom, on October 22, and a timed online auction running October 13 to 20.

The Newsom Collection is the result of a lifetime of learning and passion for the art of timekeeping. From simple time-only watches to grand complicated minute repeaters with perpetual calendars, made by the most interesting and sought-after makers, purchased and pursued throughout the world: Switzerland to Germany to the States, via auctions or private dealers or collectors, there is not a watch or timepiece in this collection that was not highly regarded.… Read More

No Small Change: New Views Delight Collectors and Boost Results

The September Coins & Currency auction was a collector’s delight, offering many pieces from Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome and strong selections from American history in both silver and gold. Under the direction of Skinner Coins & Currency department Director David Donahue, the online catalog featured a greater number and variety of high-resolution images, drawing the interest of collectors. 

1812 Capped Bust Eagle, MS-63, sold for $20,000

The top seller was an 1812 Half Eagle that realized $20,000.… Read More

Korean Gwakbunyang Haengnakdo Folding Screen Sells for $720,500

Popular in Korea, folding screens were created to decorate rooms and a backdrop to enhance the festive mood for special events such as weddings, birthdays, and holidays. Adorned with symbolic images with auspicious meaning, folding screens have long been loved; and more recently become a study subject among art historians, who see them essential in understanding Korean art and culture of the late Joseon period.

In the September 24, 2021 Asian Works of Art auction, a six-panel, Korean folding screen, Gwakbunyang Haengnakdo, sold for $720,500.… Read More

Asian Art Consignment Day | New York

Consign Asian Art & Antiques in New York

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 | SKINNER NEW YORK

The Asian Works of Art Department is now inviting consignments for upcoming auctions. Department specialists will be available by appointment to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments in the Skinner White Plains, NY office on October 13.

REQUEST APPOINTMENT

Contact Us: newyork@skinnerinc.com 212.787.1113

Skinner New York50 Main Street, Suite 1004, White Plains, NY 10606

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