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April First Tuesday | Marlborough

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Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, April 4 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner experts will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations during our monthly consignment event on the first Tuesday of each month.

Experts Available in April:

Christopher Fox, Americana ♦ Michelle Lamuniere, Fine Photographs ♦ Robin S.R. Starr, American & European Works of Art ♦ Kaitlin Shinnick, Fine Jewelry

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA

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From State Park to National Jewel: The Story of the Esperanza Diamond

The 'Esperanza' Diamond (Lot 507, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

The ‘Esperanza’ Diamond (Lot 507, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

In 2015, Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont Colorado visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. For an $8 fee, visitors are allowed to dig for diamonds in the “Pig Pen,” a 37-acre field which gets its name from the all the mud created after a rainfall.  She and her boyfriend visited the park on a whim.  It was a hot and sunny day, and within twenty minutes of her arrival, Oskarson was in search of some shade.… Read More

Frederick Myrick: The Most Famous Scrimshander

Scrimshaw Whale's Tooth Showing the Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000)

Scrimshaw Whale’s Tooth Showing the Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000)

Our March 4 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction features a notable collection of Scrimshaw, Canes, and Nautical Antiques. Among the lots on offer, the most significant piece is a large whale’s tooth decorated by the Nantucket scrimshander Frederick Myrick depicting the ship Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000).… Read More

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting | February 25

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Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

Saturday, February 25 | 1:30PM – 4PM

RSVP ONLINE

Join us for a wine tasting of highlights from the Fine Wine auction and chance to meet experts from Skinner’s Fine Wines department on Saturday, February 25 from 1:30-4:30PM at Lower Falls Wine Company

 

 

 

 

 

2366 Washington Street Newton Lower Falls MA

 Contact Us: finewines@skinnerinc.com

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Lionel Girls Train Set: The Little Enginette That Couldn’t

Lionel Girls' Train Set (Lot 1617, Estimate $1,000-2,000)

Collecting and playing with model trains has been a popular past time for over one hundred years. At the forefront of this train-crazed mania was Lionel Trains. These sturdily constructed toy trains were praised and collected for their life-like realism by adults and children alike. Originally marketed towards fathers and sons to promote bonding, electric trains started to emerge as a male-centric hobby. Mothers and daughters might be visible in their advertisements, but more as someone who could passively view the trains in motion instead of engineering them.… Read More

How to Spot a Counterfeit Coin

Here you can see the noticeable color difference as well as the sand-cast surface. Also of note, the coin on the left weighs 12% less than the coin on the right.

One of the largest nuisances in the field of numismatics is detecting counterfeits. Dealers and collectors alike can still find themselves susceptible to coins and currency meant to deceive. Everybody has a story from when they were duped or made mistakes regarding valuable pieces or even seemingly insignificant ones. Every now and then, we see counterfeit pieces brought in by consignors who are unaware of the item they have. Here are a few easy tips to make sure your coins are original.… Read More

Coins of The Carson City Mint

1885-CC GSA Morgan Dollar (Lot 1115, Estimate $200-400)

1885-CC GSA Morgan Dollar (Lot 1115, Estimate $200-400)

Carson City Morgan dollars are some of the most iconic coins in American numismatics. The Morgan dollar series in and of itself is highly collectible, obtaining staggering prices for higher end pieces. However, coins from the Carson City Mint, bearing the “CC” mintmark, have always excited numismatists, especially Morgan collectors. The branch mint produced only thirteen years of Morgan dollars, while the whole series experienced twenty-eight years of issue.… Read More

Fine Jewelry Appraisal Days

Art Deco Platinum, Diamond, Emerald, and Enamel Brooch, Charlton & Co. (Lot 443, Estimate $15,000-20,000)

Tuesday, January 31 | Providence, RI

Thursday, February 2 | Western Massachusetts

By appointment only.

Skinner’s Fine Jewelry department is inviting consignments for the March 21st Fine Jewelry auction. Experts from Skinner will be in Providence on January 31st and Western Massachusetts on February 2 to view items by appointment only.

To make an appointment please call: 617-874-4313

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A Master of Many Mediums: Pablo Picasso’s Work in Ceramics

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)   Maroon/Black Wood-owl, 1952 (Lot 103, Estimate $8,000-12,000)

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Femme au char triomphal, 1949 (Lot 100, Estimate: $40,000-60,000)

Pablo Picasso was a dynamic, creative force. He was intrigued by and experimented with countless media throughout the course of his long and illustrious career. Picasso’s Cubist oil paintings – some incorporating collage – of the 1910s changed the world of Western Art forever.  He worked in crayon, pencil, and pastel and was a prolific printmaker as well.… Read More

From Russia with Love: A History of Russian Art in Skinner’s January Auction

François Angiboult (Ukrainian, 1887-1950) Cubist Still Life (Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

Skinner’s January 27 Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction has almost 30 works by Russian and Ukrainian artists from the mid-19th through the 20th centuries. The works, featuring many differing styles and schools, include landscape, still life, portraits, and costume design.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian, 1817-1900) Along the Coast, Capri (Lot 265, Estimate: $130,000-190,000)

Among the most significant and earliest of the artists is Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), the leading figure of Russian Romanticism and master of marine painting and coastal scenes.… Read More

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