People ask me all the time, “How do I get started buying fine jewelry?” Here’s what I say to them, “Don’t be afraid to buy something and make a mistake.”
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My son is 6 years old. He’s smart and articulate, and no Mom could be prouder. One day not too long ago I tried to explain my job at a major Boston auction house to him…
Over 140 years ago, in 1868, the antique clock you see running below kept Standard Time in New England. This masterpiece is The Bond Shop Astronomical Regulator No. 396, crafted by William Bond & Son. It is one of only three known in the world, and once stood in the window of the William Bond chronometer shop in Boston.
Now I’ll let the clock speak for itself—Watch and listen to it running as cleanly as it did in 1868.
Skinner will auction this spectacular precision timekeeper on November 20, 2010 in our Marlborough, Massachusetts auction of Science, Technology, Clocks, & Militaria.… Read More
The Declaration of Independence, the very first and perhaps most important historical document, was intended to be printed and then thrown away.
Steeped in an industry that covets the antiquated and obsolete, I’m fascinated with how auction houses, antiques dealers and museums can use 21st century innovation…
Whatever draws you to admire the work of George Nakashima you are not alone…
1. Preview – Look at the material in advance of the auction. This simple step is essential to successful bidding.
Even in our recently turbulent economy, Fine Jewelry remains as one of the strongest auction markets worldwide. Why so?
According to James Callahan, Skinner’s Director of Asian Works of Art, “The market continues to be strong, driven by extreme interest in Chinese work.”