Skinner Discovery Auction Features Silver, Estate Jewelry, Royal Doulton & Musical Instruments

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – September 7, 2010 – www.skinnerinc.comHigh quality, affordable antique and vintage home furnishings, silver, and estate jewelry are all on the block at Skinner’s upcoming Discovery auction, September 15th and 16th in Skinner’s Marlborough, Massachusetts gallery, located at 274 Cedar Hill Street.

The auction kicks off on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 2 p.m. with over 200 lots of coin, sterling and silver plated flatware, plus serving and decorative silver items. Following silver is more than 350 lots of great estate jewelry. “We’ve got a great collection of vintage costume jewelry, including some really fun pieces from the 1950s,” says Kerry Shrives, Director of Skinner’s Discovery department. “Famous maker vintage and antique watches are also included in the mix.”

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the auction begins at 10 a.m. and includes a wide variety of 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture and decorative arts, much of it from local estates and institutions. Highlights of the Thursday session include a collection of Royal Doulton from collector Anne Babchyck in Dedham, Massachusetts. The collection spans the 1940s to 2009 and numbers over 700 pieces. It includes characters, series, animal and historic figures, plus Toby and character jugs. “Also on the block will be a special offering of musical instruments,” notes Shrives. “It’s a great opportunity for parents to get their budding musicians an affordable, high-quality instrument.”

Skinner’s Discovery auctions are held every month in Skinner’s Marlborough, Massachusetts gallery. They offer the general public the rare opportunity to learn about art, antiques, and collectibles at auction, in a relaxed and non-intimidating auction setting. They are a great way to learn about the value of fine tangibles. All Skinner auctions are free and open to the public, and they offer bidding in person, over the over the phone or online at Skinner’s website, www.skinnerinc.com.

Auction Previews and Catalogue Information

To view the property up for auction, attend the auction preview in person on Tuesday, September 14th 12 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 15th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Thursday, September 16th, 9 to 10:00 a.m., at Skinner, 274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, Mass. Auction catalogs are available for purchase at the gallery for $9.00. For questions regarding property in the auction, please contact Skinner’s Discovery department at 508-970-3202 or discovery@skinnerinc.com.

Skinner-Live! Online Bidding on Skinner’s Website

Skinner’s website features real-time online bidding via the SkinnerLive! bid applet.  Visit www.skinnerinc.com  and click on the blue SkinnerLive! Bidding button for full instructions prior to the auction.  Once pre-registered on our website, you can join in the live bidding as soon as the auction begins and listen along with the real-time live audio feed of the auction from the comfort of your home or workplace.  All lots in the auction are also available for viewing at www.skinnerinc.com . The website provides full-color thumbnail images and full lot descriptions.  It allows users to leave bids online, and view prices realized in real-time during and after the auction. Visit www.skinnerinc.com  to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events.

Skinner Lot Alert

Looking for a particular item at Skinner? Sign up to receive Skinner’s Lot Alert – it’s a personal shopper service that automatically notifies you via email when an item matching your interest is posted to the Skinner website. From there, you can view the lot, get condition reports and bid online. You’ll find registration for our Lot Alert under the Buy/Sell Tab on Skinner’s homepage at www.skinnerinc.com.

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art and the only major auction house headquartered in New England. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business.   Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Judaica, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Science & Technology, Fine Clocks, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Wines, and Discovery.  Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.

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