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Skinner Breaks Record for Sand Bottles Sold in Single Sale

Three Andrew Clemens sand bottles brought in nearly 1.8 million dollars at auction, an example of the rapidly growing market for his work

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner is delighted to announce the recent sale of three Andrew Clemens sand bottles at the recent Americana auction that took place from Nov. 15 to 22, 2022. Together, the three bottles brought nearly 1.8 million dollars, a record for sand bottles sold at a single sale. The market for the work of Andrew Clemens has grown quickly and substantially over the last several years, and the most recent sale at Skinner firmly establishes a new threshold of value for these remarkable pieces.   

Steve Fletcher, Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Skinner said, “Knowledge of this art form was not common among most collectors until the last two decades.… Read More

Skinner Auctioneers Launches First Sports Card Sale with Collection of Tom Brady Rookie Cards

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner Auctioneers will host an online auction of Sports Memorabilia, from December 7-15 , 2021. The highlights of the sale include numerous rare sports cards from the longtime collection of a passionate Boston sports fan, who celebrates the elite players in baseball, football, basketball and hockey.  

Skinner is successfully breaking into sports card sales, offering the most desired and highest valued football card – Tom Brady’s 2000 Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket, autographed by the future first Hall of Fame ballot quarterback.… Read More

Over $2M in Sales at Skinner’s November Auction of The Keane Collection

The sale of the Keane Collection was led by 18th and 19th century furniture and fine art from the China Trade

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner Auctioneers’ sale of The Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane attracted interest from passionate bidders from across the United States and around the world. The sale was held live on Friday, November 19, at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery, and was highlighted by masterpieces of 18th and early 19th century furniture, as well as a collection of 19th century paintings related to the China Trade.… Read More

Skinner’s American Furniture Sale to Feature the Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane

The November sale features highlights from a lifetime of collecting, including 18th and early 19th century American furniture and paintings from the China Trade.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers will host a live auction of Important Americana on Friday, November 19, 2021. The sale consists of the extraordinary Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane, devoted collectors of early American craftsmanship and committed philanthropists well-known to the Boston arts community.… Read More

Records Tumble in Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria auction, under the leadership of Christopher Fox, was met with great enthusiasm and posted strong results well exceeding presale expectations, with a final sale total of $757,784 including buyer’s premium. The October 29 live sale held at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery was headlined with the William Rose Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms Collection Part I and saw extremely active bidding in the gallery, by telephone and absentee, as well as online.… Read More

New Direction for Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria; Announcing Two Important October Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is pleased to announce an exciting new chapter in its Historic Arms & Militaria department. Under the leadership of Director Christopher Fox, the department has taken dramatic steps to strengthen its commitment to offering fine historic, collectible, and sporting arms and related items to its vast client base. In the forthcoming sale, bidders will find a significantly enhanced web catalog with detailed lot descriptions, thorough condition reports, and numerous detailed photographs of each lot.… Read More

Alfresco Pre-Auction Wine Tasting | October 13

Alfresco Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 | 4:30PM-6PM | NEWTON, MA

Please join Skinner wine specialists for a tasting of a selection of wines from our upcoming October 26-November 4 online auction.

Sample of wines being poured:1983 Chateau Margaux1983 Haut Brion1983 Dunn Howell Moutain1945 Chateau d’Yquem

RSVP TO ATTEND

Lower Falls Wine Co.2366 Washington Street, Newton, MA

Rain date: October 20, 4:30PM-6:00PM

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Korean Gwakbunyang Haengnakdo Folding Screen Sells for $720,500

Popular in Korea, folding screens were created to decorate rooms and a backdrop to enhance the festive mood for special events such as weddings, birthdays, and holidays. Adorned with symbolic images with auspicious meaning, folding screens have long been loved; and more recently become a study subject among art historians, who see them essential in understanding Korean art and culture of the late Joseon period.

In the September 24, 2021 Asian Works of Art auction, a six-panel, Korean folding screen, Gwakbunyang Haengnakdo, sold for $720,500.… Read More

Documents Led the Way in Skinner’s Historic Manuscripts & Rare Books Auction

A trove of documents collected in the late 1930s from legendary dealers Goodspeed’s in Boston, Massachusetts, and John Heise of Syracuse, New York, included a wide variety of interesting early documents spanning four centuries. 

A rare and well-preserved George Washington-signed Revolutionary War printed discharge form for a soldier in the 2nd New York Regiment sold for $18,750. A 1787 sworn oath testifying to a debt owed by a Philadelphia sailmaker signed by Benjamin Franklin brought $10,000.… Read More

Fine Art from the Venerable Ritz-Carlton Hotel Boston Sold at Skinner in May Auction

A Boston landmark for nearly a century, The Ritz-Carlton’s location in the heart of the fashionable Back Bay and adjacent to the Boston Public Garden helped make it the destination for visitors and Boston’s elite seeking luxury, privacy, and discretion. As the leading Boston auction house, Skinner was pleased to offer works from the historic collection at auction in May. 

An atmosphere of gentility and elegance was created, in part, through years of art purchases guided by Boston area art professionals and acquired from local, national, and international sources.… Read More

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