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Skinner February Discovery Sale to Feature Books & Manuscripts

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – February 4, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host a one-day Discovery auction on February 14th in its Marlborough gallery. The sale presents a variety of prints, rugs, furniture, and other decorative objects, as well as an excellent selection of books and manuscripts.

Aquinas, Thomas (1225-1274) Quaestiones Dispvtatae. Lyons: Rouillium, 1569
(Estimate $200-$300)

Books, Historical Manuscripts & Ephemera

From modern firsts to early printing, the February auction features ephemera, which will appeal to a wide range of collectors. Maps, atlases, natural history books, and reference books among others, will be offered. Highlights include a print of a Lapland Long-spur by John James Audubon (lot 8, estimated between $250 to $350), a signed carte de visitedepicting a standing Florence Nightingale (lot 111, $200 to $300), an 1870 Beers atlas of Worcester County, Massachusetts (lot 7, $200 to $300), and a 1960 letter signed by Eleanor Roosevelt (lot 142, $200 to $300).

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (lot 152, $200 to $300), Visions of Gerard (lot 75, $100 to $200) and The Dharma Bums (lot 74, $100 to $200) by Jack Kerouac are examples of modern first editions on offer.

Prints, Furniture & Decorative Arts

From traditional antiques to more contemporary furnishings, the February Discovery auction will present a breadth of unique items. A selection of prints includes an Andrew Newell Wyeth titled Sea Running (lot 511, $800 to $1,000), Sun’s End and Flurry (lot 289, $600 to $800) after Neil Welliver, and a pair of framed French hand-colored lithograph posters (lot 212, $150 to $250).

A set of four mid-century modern upholstered walnut arrow-back armchairs (lot 415, $300 to $500), a Louis Vuitton cabin trunk (lot 470, $400 to $600), and a Spanish embossed, polychrome-painted, leather four-panel floor screen (lot 242, $200 to $400) highlight the furniture offerings.

Decorative objects of note include a set of four French hand-painted faience plates (lot 491, $300 to $500), a rococo giltwood carved mirror (lot 244, $300 to $500) and a Hamadan rug (lot 326, $400 to $600).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday, February 14, 2013, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

A text catalog for #2637M is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive! Like us on Facebook at

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. 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 Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site



Cara Elmslie
Director of Discovery Auctions

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing

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