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Top 15 Book and Movie Picks: Art, Antiques & Auctions

Who has time to read anymore? In the fast-paced auction business, we still manage to snatch a few minutes to curl up with a good book or check out an interesting film. Antiques appraisers, auctioneers and everyone else here at Skinner wanted to share our favorite fiction, nonfiction, and movies from the past year with you. Plus, if you’ve got an antiques lover or art history buff in your life, these art, antiques & auction themed books and movies could make some great last-minute holiday gifts.… Read More

Collecting Make-Dos: The Search for Creatively Repaired Antiques

The New York Times recently ran an article profiling Andrew Baseman, an interior designer in Manhattan who collects make-dos, or antique objects that have been creatively repaired rather than discarded.

The Pawn Stars Effect, Part 1

As a Skinner appraiser, I see all different kinds of people come through the door, lugging furniture, carrying paintings, or holding boxes of heirlooms, looking hopeful, perhaps nervous, or maybe even overconfident. I find that many fit into three groups: The Dreamers, The Realists, and The Skeptics.

Nothing Heavier than a Diamond: My Jewelry Career

I spent six months working in a jewelry store, learning more about materials like gold, silver, and diamonds. After all of this, I went to Bob Skinner with a proposal to start a jewelry department. He asked if I was a gemologist. I said, “No, I just took this week long course and I’m smart and honest.” He said, “You have the job.” I almost fainted.

Auctions in Massachusetts: A New Discovery Each Month

Original Art

The volume of material that passes through the auction room at our Marlborough, MA gallery each year is staggering! Still, I can’t walk through a preview without being drawn in for a closer look. I can’t not stop to admire.

Chinese Export Silver is Hot

Chinese export silver, so long sold and exported to the western world, has caught the eye of discerning Chinese buyers. With all of this serious competition added to the recent escalating value of silver, the tide has turned and recent trends show a tremendous upswing and record prices.

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