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Top 5 Blog Posts by Skinner Expert Appraisers

Skinner antiques & fine arts experts and appraisers have been blogging for three months now about the world of antiques and auctions. These five posts have proven most popular, with the most reads, shares, and comments. If you missed these before, now is your chance to check out these favorites and join the conversation.

#5 Auctions in Massachusetts: A New Discovery Every Month

by Kerry Shrives, Vice President and Director of Discovery at Skinner, Inc.

Browse a gallery of images from past Discovery auction previews and learn what these eclectic auctions have to offer in terms of unique and affordable antiques and collectibles. Over 500 people have read this post and over 100 people have shared the news. Kerry Shrives says, “I can’t walk through a Discovery preview without being drawn in for a closer look. I can’t not stop to admire.” Read More

#4 Watch William Bond’s Astronomical Regulator No. 396 in Action

William Bond Astronomical Regulator No 396by Robert Cheney, Director of Science, Technology & Clocks at Skinner, Inc.

This fabulous precision timekeeper brought $539,500 in the November 2010 auction of Science, Technology & Clocks. Department director Robert Cheney writes, “I’ll let the clock speak for itself—Watch and listen to it running as cleanly as it did in 1868.” See the Video

#3 Navajo Weaving Nets Over $200,000… with the original $65 price tag still attached


Navajo Weaving Chiefs Blanketby Douglas Deihl, Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Skinner, Inc.

After an exciting auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art, our blog readers spread the news about this top-selling Navajo weaving. The post has over 70 shares on Facebook, twitter, and over email. “The consignors weren’t aware of the potential value of this weaving,” wrote Douglas Deihl. “I told them, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll be happy.'” Read More

#2 Where are all the Young Collectors?

English French and German snuff patch boxesby Stuart Slavid, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner, Inc.

It’s not too late to join the conversation on this important topic – with 27 comments, this is by far the most discussed post on the Skinner blog! Stuart Slavid writes, “I believe that collecting is a bug that you catch early on and continue to nurture through adulthood.” Read More

#1 How to Buy Fine Jewelry: Don’t be Afraid of Mistakes

by Gloria Lieberman, Director of Fine Jewelry at Skinner, Inc.

Over 1,500 people so far have read and enjoyed Gloria Lieberman’s fabulous advice on buying fine jewelry. She says, “Don’t be afraid to buy something and make a mistake. If you don’t make a mistake, you haven’t tried hard enough.” Read More

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