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Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction Yields Strong Results

Salon Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1985, 4 bottles (Lot 14, Sold for: $3,567)

BOSTON, February 16, 2018. Lively turn out and compelling bidding resulted in strong results for Skinner’s mid-winter Fine Wines & Rare Spirits live auction with an average sell-through rate of over 96%. The February 15th auction consisted of 484 lots of fine wines and rare spirits including extensive selections from two important collections: Winter’s Collection and The Nantucket Cellar continuing the Skinner tradition of scrupulously researched fine wines and rare spirits.Read More

African American History from Middle Passage to Present Day Highlighted in Skinner Auction

BOSTON, February 12, 2018. Significant and wide-ranging participation by museums interested in adding to their public collections led the Skinner February 9th auction of the Collection of Avis and Eugene Robinson. More than twenty-six cultural and educational institutions, in this country and abroad, vied to bid on items from the collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs chronicling the full scope of African American history from enslavement to emancipation, from Jim Crow to Civil Rights to the present day.  In all, the collection formed a rich mosaic portraying the complex, often painful, often triumphant history of a people.… Read More

Raise a Glass: Mid-winter Fine Wines and Spirits Auction at Skinner Brims with Splendid Choices

The Fine Wine & Rare Spirits auction will take place February 15, 2018, at Skinner, 63 Park Plaza, Boston. The live auction begins at 6 PM, supplemented with real-time online bidding. A select number of wines will be available for sampling prior to the sale; please contact the Fine Wines department at 508-970-3246 for tasting information.

Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1990, 6 bottles (Lot 274, Estimate: $900-1,200)

Department head Marie Keep notes that wines and spirits are unique among Skinner’s many offerings because they are consumables.… Read More

On the Money: Skinner’s Coins and Currency Auction


Offering an intriguing variety of coins, paper money, and other numismatic treasures

Coins and currency combine historic interest, aesthetic appeal, and very often intrinsic value as well. The examples in this sale span centuries and continents. Many items are fresh to market from long-treasured family collections.

Among the notable lots being offered are rare Panamanian banknotes from the short-lived 1941 administration of Arnulfo Arias.… Read More

Please Remember: The Collection of Avis & Eugene Robinson

BOSTON, MA Skinner is pleased to present the Avis and Eugene Robinson collection of African Americana, entitled “Please Remember,” in a two-part auction this February.  Mindfully chosen over many years, the Robinson collection is a rich mosaic portraying the complex, often painful, and sometimes triumphant history of a people. Skinner is proud to have been selected by these dedicated collectors to present their extensive archive at auction.… Read More

Meet the Skinner Trust & Estate Team

Rare Pair of Lemon Yellow-glazed Wine Cups, China, Yongzheng (1723-35) period, from the Estate of Walter F. Goodman (Estimate $30,000-50,000, sold for: $459,000)

The Skinner Trust & Estate Team is gearing up for the 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning; the nation’s largest gathering of estate planning professionals. Whether you are an attorney preparing to head to the week-long conference in Orlando, a newly appointed Executor of an Estate, or thinking about your individual plan, now is a great time to meet the East Coast Skinner Trust & Estate team.… Read More

Highlights from Skinner’s January 12th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Framed Stained Glass Panel of a Watery Landscape, early 20th century, in the manner of Duffner and Kimberly, (Lot 313, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, January 12th. With over 600 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Tiffany Glass, George Nakashima, and Swingline Collection Furniture Lead Skinner 20th Century Design Auction

Louis C. Tiffany Red Favrile Exhibition Vase, (Lot 72, sold for $33, 210)

Skinner’s 20th century Design auction was well received in Boston on December 14. Its success repeats the consistent pattern of Skinner sales: famous names and iconic objects, intermingled with obscure masterpieces and unexpected treasures.

The top lot of the auction, as well as many other pieces in the top ten, came from the fresh-to-market Nan Edwards collection of high-quality art nouveau glass.… Read More

Measuring Up: Skinner’s October 27 Auction of Clocks, Watches, and Scientific Instruments Attracts Both Mainstream Buyers and Niche Collectors

Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch, c. 1965. Sold for $123,000

The top lot of the sale was a Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch, c. 1965, (Lot 27, estimate $30,000-50,000). This is the fourth example Skinner has recently offered of this rare timepiece, originally made for the U.S. Navy and withdrawn because of the radium used in the dial. Consigned by the original owner, it sold for $123,000.

The extensive John F. Gelson collection of watches and watch components provided an important core of the auction.… Read More

20th Century Unlimited: Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auction on December 14

offers furniture, ceramics, glass and decorative material for novice and connoisseur alike

Jane Prentiss, Director of 20th Century Design, notes that over 500 lots have been organized chronologically, from iconic Arts & Crafts items through art deco, mid-century modern in all its manifestations, post-modern and contemporary pieces.

The sale takes place on Thursday, December 14 at 11AM at Skinner’s Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza.… Read More

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