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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.

This year alone Skinner has brought numerous estates and single owner collections to auction, representing the broad scope of Skinner’s 20 specialty departments.

  • The Estate of Walter F. Goodman featuring very fine, rare 18th and 19th century Chinese ceramics. The fresh to the market collection garnered competitive bidding resulting in the estate realizing more than twice the high estimate.
  • The Victor and Muriel Polikoff 310 piece collection of Wedgwood and early English potteries achieved a 100% sell-through rate, hammering at 25% over the high end of the estimate.
  • Jewelry from the renowned collectors Leah Gordon, Susan Freeman and the Estate of Carol Ferranti with offerings ranging from a Rare Art Nouveau Pendant by Gabriel Falguieres to an Alexander Calder brooch saw competition across all bidding platforms.
  • Musical Instruments and memorabilia from the Estate of John Warren Geils, Jr., guitarist and founder of the Grammy-nominated J. Geils Band, including a 1940 D’Angelico Excel Archtop Guitar, gold records, and vintage amplifiers.
  • The Nan Edwards Art Glass Collection, featuring many fine examples of Art Nouveau Art Glass including a rare red Tiffany Favrile exhibition vase selling for $33,210.

Meet the Team:

   Stuart Slavid, Senior VP, MA
The newest member of the team is Stuart Slavid, Senior VP. Since joining Skinner in 1989, Stuart Slavid has been instrumental in bringing numerous estates and important collections to auction. Working directly with attorneys, heirs, and institutions to achieve record-setting sales results in his role as Director of Fine Silver, Ceramics and European Furniture and Decorative Arts. He is a regular appraiser with the Emmy nominated PBS program Antiques Roadshow. It is a natural fit that Stuart brings his talents to the Trust and Estate Department.


LaGina Austin, Director of Appraisal and Auction Services, MA 
LaGina Austin directs Appraisal services at Skinner working with families and fiduciaries ensuring their appraisal needs are met. Fair Market Value Appraisals, Replacement Value Appraisals, and auction estimates are provided through this department. LaGina is an experienced generalist, with a special interest in Americana. She is seen as a regular appraiser on the Emmy nominated PBS program, Antiques Roadshow.


Katie Banser-Whittle, Regional Director, NY
Based in mid-town Manhattan and serving NY, NJ, and CT Katie Banser-Whittle is dedicated to providing exceptional client service while counseling private individuals, institutions, and estates on appraisals, acquisitions, and liquidations of tangible personal property. Katie is at home evaluating and consulting on a range of material, from entire estates to single items, including musical instruments. Katie spent eight years fine-tuning her knowledge of musical instruments in the Musical Instruments Department at Christie’s in New York.


April Matteini, Regional Director, FL
April Matteini provides appraisal services and manages client relations with individuals, fiduciaries, not-for-profit organizations, and museums in Florida and the Southeastern United States. April is a Graduate Gemologist and is at home evaluating and consulting on a range of material, from individual pieces of fine jewelry to entire estates. The Skinner office located in Coral Gables, Florida offers the same full range of services to Southern clients long enjoyed by New Englanders.


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