Skinner June Discovery Auction Features Silver, Jewelry, Couture & Textiles

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – June 14, 2010 – June is great time to check out Skinner’s monthly Discovery auction.  This month, Skinner’s special Discovery features include a wide offering of Fine Silver, Estate Jewelry, and a great selection of Vintage Couture & Textiles.

The auction kicks off on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 2 p.m. with over 240 lots of coin, sterling and silver plated flatware, plus serving and decorative silver items, including a number of Georgian silver and American makers such as Gorham, Whiting, Durgan, and Towle.   Following silver is more than 400 lots of jewelry including a nice group of Georg Jensen jewelry, antique and estate pieces, several nice Art Deco pieces, and a broad offering of costume jewelry.  The Wednesday evening session is completed by over 100 lots of couture and accessories include Louis Vuitton bags, a large collection of antique beaded and embroidered purses, and great menswear offerings, many pieces by Chanel, Hermès, Armani, Bill Blass, and Dolce & Gabbana.

On Thursday, June 17, 2010, the auction begins at 10 a.m. and includes Discovery’s usual offering of fresh estate goods from 18th, 19th and 20th century. Highlights include a collection of inkwells and stands and fine custom furniture by Old Colony, Beacon Hill, and Davenport.  For further information on consigning, please contact Skinner’s Discovery department at 508-970-3202 or

According to Skinner Discovery department Director, Kerry Shrives, “Our June auction typically has a strong following among novice and seasoned silver, jewelry and couture buyers.  The fun is attending the preview or previewing the auction online to see what’s in store for you.  My advice is always to know what you are buying, talk to one of our experts and get their advice, decide your budget, and then jump into the bidding.  Buy what you like, what appeals to you.”

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,

Skinner-Live! Online Bidding on Skinner’s Website

Skinner’s website features real-time online bidding via the SkinnerLive! bid applet.  Visit  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 . 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.

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

Auction Previews and Catalogue Information

To view the property up for auction, attend the auction preview in person on Tuesday, June 15th 12-5, Wednesday, June 16th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Thursday, June 17th, 8-9:30am, 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 email

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



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