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Now is the Time! Bid Online at Skinner for Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments

MARLBOROUGH, MA – MARCH 18, 2020 – Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments are on offer as an online internet auction at www.skinnerinc.com with bidding open from April 6-14. The sale offers rare and unusual horological and early optical apparatus finds, as well as vintage wrist watches from the 1920s through the early 2000s. 

Featured Watch: the Rolex Daytona 6239 

Single-owner Rolex Daytona Reference 6239 “Exotic” Dial Wristwatch, c.

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Choice Older Collections Lead Skinner Coins & Currency Auction

The February 2020 Skinner Coins and Currency auction offered choice older collections; and experienced spirited bidding with many lots far surpassing their high estimates, with particularly strong results for ancient and world coins, with American rarities, peppered throughout the auction. The auction was 99% sold by lot. Three of the more prominent collections were amassed in the mid-20th century, creating excitement with our buyers for such fresh-to-market material.  

Approximately 128 Mostly Roman and Byzantine Ae Coins, sold for $11,250 1940 Greek George II Proof 100 Drachmai, NGC PF65, sold for $2,125

Some of the more notable groups of ancient Greek and Roman coins included denarii of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Cassius, and Marc Antony (lot 1002), and sestertii of Nero, Trajan, Caligula, and Nerva (lot 1008).… Read More

Elizabeth Y. Turner, G.G. Appointed Regional Director for Skinner

Skinner is pleased to announce the return of Beth Turner as the Regional Director for Northern New England. She had previously been an appraiser in the Fine Jewelry Department. In her new role, Beth will provide appraisal and auction evaluation services and manage client relations with individuals, fiduciaries, not-for-profit organizations, and museums. She will advise collectors and consignors in Maine, northern New Hampshire, and northern Vermont.… Read More

Connoisseurs Collections from Across the United States Reach a Wide Bidder Base

$4.6m Week for Skinner

BOSTON, MA – November 25, 2019 – Auctions, in quick succession, of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Historic Arms & Militaria, American Indian & Ethnographic, and Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Art resulted in a $4.6M week for Skinner with over 3,900 registered bidders vying for material across many collecting categories. Skinner is recognized as a source for fresh to market estate material.… Read More

Colored Stones Lead The Way | $2.5 million Jewelry auction at Skinner

Important Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Cartier, c. 1950s, sold for $873,000

BOSTON, MA – September 19, 2019. The top lot of Skinner’s September 17, 2019 Important Jewelry auction was a remarkable twin stone Kashmir sapphire ring by Cartier.

Antique Ruby and Diamond Ring, sold for $171,000

Owned by one family since the 1950s, the ring soared to more than double its pre-sale estimate to $873,000. The sapphires were a classic example of the cornflower-blue stones from the famed Kashmir mines, before they closed in the 1880s.… Read More

Arts of Asia the Focus of the Skinner September 14 Auction

Pair of Spinach Green Covered Vessels, China (Lot 335, Estimate: $50,000-70,000)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 28, 2019 – Skinner’s Asian Works of Art auction will be held on Saturday, September 14 in Boston. Featuring over 550 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Offerings include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; Chinese jades, Chinese textiles; Buddhist bronzes and carvings; Chinese and Korean paintings; Tibetan thangkas; Chinese scholar’s objects and furniture, and a selection of important reference books.… Read More

Auction Highlights | Single-owner Collection of Rare Books at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – July 30, 2019. The July 23, 2019 auction, A Mystic Collection, featured illuminated Medieval manuscripts, a strong group of rubricated incunabula in contemporary bindings, important high spots for Bible collectors, illustrated books, and unusual bindings. Even collectors of English books, 18th-century Italian views, classics, and heraldry had many exceptional offerings from which choose. Collectors, dealers, and institutions from around the world participated in the 230-lot sale, which hammered above the high estimate with a 98.3% sell-through rate.… Read More

A Good Day for Science at Skinner

Standout Results in the Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction

Newton, Sir Isaac (1643-1727) Opticks: or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light (sold for: $43,050)

MARLBOROUGH, MA  – May 23, 2019. Skinner’s Fine Books & Manuscripts online auction featured great returns for material related to the sciences. Important landmarks in the history of science have performed well consistently for decades.… Read More

Fresh to Market Works Set Pace at Skinner May Fine Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – May 17, 2019. Skinner’s Boston May 10 auction of American & European Works of Art saw a curated two-session sale of Prints, Multiples, and Photographs followed by Paintings, Sculpture, and Drawings. Participation was brisk with over 1,000 registered bidders from the U.S., Central America, United Kingdom, and Europe competing online, by telephone, in the room, and via partner platforms.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) Bologna Fountain (sold for: $183,000)

Top lots in the auction included two watercolors by John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925).… Read More

Announcing New Skinner Location in Westchester, NY

Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of their Westchester office in White Plains, NY. By creating this Westchester location, Skinner is able to expand their presences in the region while providing the same market knowledge, object passion and client commitment for which they are recognized. Katie Banser-Whittle, Regional Director, is available for in-office appointments as well as house calls in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.Read More

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