Skinner Hosts Discovery Auction Featuring Ephemera & Collectibles

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – April 1, 2009 – – On April 15 -16, 2009, Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host a two-day Discovery auction featuring Ephemera & Collectibles in its gallery in Marlborough, Mass.  Session I begins on Wednesday April 15th at 5 p.m. at 274 Cedar Hill Street, Skinner’s new facility located off exit 23C on Route 495, just north of the Mass Pike.  Session II will be held on Thursday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m.  The auction numbers over 1,200 lots in total.

Session I

Wednesday’s session kicks off with over 300 lots of ephemera and collectibles.  Ephemera highlights include three X-Men movie autographed metal poster printing panels, which are being sold to benefit the Ocean Alliance, a large format 1948 Boston Braves team photograph, Charles Lindbergh collectibles, plus baseball and sports collectibles cards, including a 1933 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed baseball, as well as movie-related ephemera including photography, and brewery collectibles, postcards, advertising, books, and toys.

Another unique ephemera offering is a large collection of Broadway theater and film costume designs from the 1920s to the 1970s.  One of the more interesting items is the design for Jessica Tandy playing Blanche Dubois in the original production of Streetcar Named Desire, which co-starred Marlon Brando opposite Tandy and was directed by Elia Kazan.  Other actors mentioned in the notations of several designs include Jason Robards, Basil Rathbone, Christopher Plummer, Raymond Burr, Stacy Keach, Boris Karloff, and Dean Stockwell.

Also worth noting is a collection of Royal Worcester Doughty bird figures.  The concluding 200 lots of the Wednesday evening session comprise a large assortment of Asian jades, ceramics, cloisonné, and artwork, plus selected offerings of Royal Copenhagen and a variety of 20th century pottery.

Session II

On Thursday, the auction features Discovery’s usual fare: a wide and varied offering of estate furnishings, decorative accessories, carpets & rugs, and artwork from the 18th – 20th century.   Furniture styles to be offered include American country, English, Victorian, European, and fine quality reproduction and custom made pieces.  Also offered will be more Asian offerings including cloisonné, Satsuma, jades, netsuke, porcelains, and prints, as well as art glass, cut glass, decorated porcelain, ceramics, clocks, timepieces, and paintings and prints.

Skinner-Live! Online Bidding on Skinner’s Website

Skinner’s website now features real-time online bidding via the SkinnerLive! bid applet.  Visit and click on the blue Skinner Live Bidding button for full instructions prior to the auction.  The blue Skinner Live Bidding button can be found under the Buy/Sell tab on our homepage and on the Discovery department page.  Once pre-registered on our website, you can join in the live bidding as soon as the auction begins.  All lots in the auction are also available for viewing at 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 to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events.

Auction Previews

All Skinner auctions and previews are open to the public.  To view the auction property prior to the auction, attend the preview in person on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, from 1 pm-8pm and Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 8-9:30am, at Skinner, 274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, MA.

Auction Information

For questions, please contact Skinner’s Discovery department at 508-970-3202 or email

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the nation’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, Mass.  For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site



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