Antiques and Fine Art Auctions Blog

Skinner expert appraisers and auctioneers discuss antiques, fine art, and collectibles. Keep up on market trends and get collecting tips from antiques experts. Discover the stories behind the art and antiques Skinner offers at auction.

Musical Instruments Consignment Day | New York Area

Consign your musical instruments online!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17

Speak to Skinner’s Director of Fine Musical Instruments, Adam Tober, face-to-face via video call to have your musical instruments evaluated and to discuss consigning for upcoming 2021 auctions.

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Director of Fine Musical Instruments, Adam Tober

Skinner’s expert musical instrument appraiser, Adam Tober, carefully evaluates the condition and researches the provenance of every musical instrument that comes through Skinner, from 18th and 19th century violins of Stradivarius, Balestrieri, Guadagnini and others to classic Martin guitars and Gibson mandolins.

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March Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester

We invite you to join us online for regional consignment days in Maine and Westchester, New York. Skinner specialists look forward to evaluating items via email, and beginning the conversation about the advantages of selling at auction.

Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches & coins and much more. Send an email with the information and images at newyork@skinnerinc.com, maine@skinnerinc.com or at the buttons below.… Read More

Josiah Wedgwood and the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Josiah Wedgwood, the English potter, was an original member of the Lunar Society, a group of prominent figures in the Midlands, including industrialists, natural philosophers, and intellectuals. Matthew Boulton, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley, and the author and abolitionist Thomas Day were members of the social club formed to discuss issues with other like-minded individuals.

In 1773 Thomas Day wrote the epic poem The Dying Negro, which may have been partly responsible for arousing Josiah’s practical opposition to the slave trade.… Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | March 2

Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, MARCH 2

See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on March 2. Submit your items anytime before the 2nd and Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by email.

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Step 1: Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches, coins and much more.Read More

The Value of Standing (or Avoiding) the Test of Time

Though the form still flourishes today, what we now consider vintage “tool” watches were produced from the 1950s to 1970s—their inherent artistry, engineering, and layout led to use at great depths, heights, pressure, speed—all manner of expedition or adventure.

When assessing today’s buyers’ views on vintage “tool” watches, whether a Rolex “James Bond” reference 5508, Zodiac Stainless Steel “Sea Wolf” Reference 722-946B, or a Rolex GMT Master II Reference 16710, never mind the myriad other makers and references that exist, it is interesting to note two sides to the value coin: patina vs.Read More

February Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester

We invite you to join us online for regional consignment days in Maine and Westchester, New York. Skinner specialists look forward to evaluating items via email, and beginning the conversation about the advantages of selling at auction.

Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches & coins and much more. Send an email with the information and images at newyork@skinnerinc.com, maine@skinnerinc.com or at the buttons below.… Read More

January Fine Art Auctions Exceed $2 Million

Fine Paintings & Sculpture

Skinner held its first 2021 auction of Paintings, Sculpture & Works on Paper on Friday, January 22nd. Spirited bidding from telephones, online participants, and absentee bidders led to a gross of $1,393,656 and an impressive 90% sell-through rate on 213 lots. “In this white-hot market,” says Robin S.R. Starr, Vice President and department director, “buyers are hungry for works of art, regardless of their period or media.”

Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991) Sandías.

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Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: Boston’s Tattooed Folk & Folk Art | February 11

Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: The Liberty Boys & The History of Tattooing in Boston (available at www.rakehouse.com)

VIRTUAL BOOK SIGNING | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 5PM

Join us for a virtual book signing and conversation live on Zoom with Derin Bray and Margaret Hodges, authors of Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: The Liberty Boys & The History of Tattooing in Boston (www.rakehouse.com). The discussion hosted by Skinner’s Steve Fletcher will touch on the rich tradition of tattooing and tattoo folk art as featured in their book.… Read More

Distilling Value: Rare Spirits in Estate Planning

VIRTUAL EVENT | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT 6PM

We invite you to join Joseph Hyman, Fine Spirits specialist, live on Zoom for a guided virtual tasting and anecdotes from years of uncovering spirits from cellars, liquor cabinets, closets, and under beds across the United States.  

We recommend pairing the conversation with a bourbon or liqueur of your choice.

Joe will be tasting: 1970s Old Grand Dad (bottle estimate: $400-600)1970s Old Crow (bottle estimate: $400-600)1970s Yellow Chartreuse (bottle estimate: $400-600) 1950s Green Chartreuse (bottle estimate: $1,000-1,500)

Please register for the event at the button below.… Read More

Do I have a Kashmir sapphire?

You may have seen some incredible auction prices for sapphires from the fabled Kashmir mines in recent years. Could that sapphire ring in your jewelry box possibly be one? First, a bit of a background on these sought-after stones. In 1881 in the Zanskar Range of the Himalayas, a landslide revealed a remarkable deposit of sapphires. These sapphires had a unique velvety cornflower blue appearance and were brighter than other stones. Mining began in 1882 and continued until 1887 when the mine was depleted.… Read More

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