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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

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

Power to the Past | A Lecture by Eugene Robinson

 

Reception and Lecture by Eugene Robinson

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7  | 5 – 7PM

 

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In his nearly four decades at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award-winning Style section. He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with presidents and dictators and the Queen of England, thrust and parried with hair-proud politicians from sea to shining sea, handicapped three editions of American Idol, acquired fluent Spanish and passable Portuguese and even, thanks to his two now-grown sons, come to an uneasy truce with hip-hop culture.… Read More

5 Tips for Bidding with Success in Online Auctions

Famille Jaune Bowl, China, with lotus scrolling alternating with four characters, (Estimate $200-300; Sold for $24,600)

Believe it or not, Skinner held its first online-only auctions in 1999. At the time, bidders experienced a platform built on an emerging technology.  Fast-forward to 2018, and it’s hard to find a collector or even occasional buyer who hasn’t participated in online auctions.

The main feature of an online-only auction is that bidding takes place online over an extended period of time – as a bidder, there is no need to spend hours in a saleroom waiting for the lot(s) you are interested in to come on the block.… Read More

Please Remember: The Collection of Avis & Eugene Robinson

BOSTON, MA Skinner is pleased to present the Avis and Eugene Robinson collection of African Americana, entitled “Please Remember,” in a two-part auction this February.  Mindfully chosen over many years, the Robinson collection is a rich mosaic portraying the complex, often painful, and sometimes triumphant history of a people. Skinner is proud to have been selected by these dedicated collectors to present their extensive archive at auction.… Read More

Fine Art | New York City Consignment Day

 

Thursday, February 1  | New York City

Skinner’s Fine Art department is inviting consignments for the May 2018 auction. Seeking works by blue-chip artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Ansel Adams, Agnes Martin, Damien Hirst, Sam Gilliam, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pablo Picasso, Diane Arbus, and Helen Frankenthaler.

Experts from Skinner will be available to evaluate items in the New York office on February 1st by appointment.… Read More

Asian Art Consignment Day | New York

Rare Pair of Lemon Yellow-glazed Wine Cups, China, Yongzheng (1723-35) period. Sold for: $459,000.

Thursday, January 18 | New York City

Skinner’s Asian Art department is inviting consignments for 2018 auctions. Experts from Skinner will be available in the New York office on January 18th by appointment to evaluate Chinese porcelains, Chinese jade and stone carvings, textiles, fine Chinese and Japanese cloisonné, Japanese Meiji Period antiques, Japanese woodblock prints, Asian scroll paintings, Bronzes, Buddhist items and more from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.… Read More

Highlights from Skinner’s January 12th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Framed Stained Glass Panel of a Watery Landscape, early 20th century, in the manner of Duffner and Kimberly, (Lot 313, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, January 12th. With over 600 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

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