Internationally Renowned Auction House Expands in New York City

Katie Banser-Whittle

Katie Banser-Whittle

BOSTON, MA – May 20, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. has named Katie Banser-Whittle as its newest Regional Director. In this role, Banser-Whittle will be responsible for developing new business, providing appraisal services, and managing client relations with individuals, fiduciaries, not-for-profit organizations, and museums throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Katie will be located in the Skinner regional office in midtown Manhattan, which will provide clients with convenient access to the full range of Skinner consignment and appraisal services.

Katie joins Skinner after ten years with Christie’s in New York. While at Christie’s, she served as AVP and Specialist in the Musical Instruments department before taking a position as Specialist and Project Manager in the Private & Iconic Collections specialty department, where she managed all aspects of the presentation of single-owner collections in gallery and on-site sales.

Prior to joining Christie’s, she worked for several private galleries in New Orleans and for museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Victoria & Albert in London.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Anthropology from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. She is also a graduate of Richmond, The American International University in London, having received her Master of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Art of the Italian Renaissance.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Katie to Skinner,” said Karen Keane, Skinner CEO. “Adding someone with her breadth of experience and deep connections within the financial services and cultural communities is a natural next step as we build on the successful launch of our New York City office in 2015 and expand our presence in the Tri-State Area.”

For more information, or to schedule an appraisal or auction evaluation, contact Katie at 212-787-1114 or

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.


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