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Please Remember: The Collection of Avis & Eugene Robinson


BOSTON, MA Skinner is pleased to present the Avis and Eugene Robinson collection of African Americana, entitled “Please Remember,” in a two-part auction this February.  Mindfully chosen over many years, the Robinson collection is a rich mosaic portraying the complex, often painful, and sometimes triumphant history of a people. Skinner is proud to have been selected by these dedicated collectors to present their extensive archive at auction.

Eugene Robinson, distinguished journalist and commentator as well as discerning collector, will speak at Skinner’s Boston location, 63 Park Plaza, on Wednesday, February 7 at 5:30PM. The live auction will take place at Skinner Boston on February 9 at 4PM. These events are bracketed by the online portion of the sale from February 1 through 12.

Because of the unique historic importance, depth, and diversity of the Robinson material, there will be extended previews. Preview times are: 

February 5, 12PM – 5PM, February 6, 12PM – 5PM, February 7, 12PM – 5PM, February 8, 12PM – 7PM, and February 9, 10AM – 3:30PM.

2008 Barack Obama Presidential Campaign “Yes We Can” Poster (Lot 300)

Framed Daguerreotype Depicting an African American Soldier (Lot 119)


Some items in this collection of hundreds of artifacts are grim: small shackles to restrain enslaved children; a framed broadside offering a $100 reward for a runaway slave. Some recall great milestones in American history: photographs of resolute marchers of the Civil Rights era; Antar Daytal’s campaign poster of Barack Obama in 2008 with the motto, “Yes we can.” Some provide glimpses of private lives: an intimate tintype portrait of a thoughtful, elegantly dressed young African-American woman; proudly framed discharge papers of an African American Civil War veteran.

There are also many reminders of African American contributions to every aspect of our culture, from an oil painting by Annie Tolliver, to a signed Louis Armstrong photograph and concert program, to a publicity photograph of a Negro League baseball team.



The Robinson Collection is a monument to the totality of African American life in this country, offering a nuanced view with elements of tragedy and triumph, hope, and despair that all American should understand and embrace.

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Fine Art | New York City Consignment Day


Thursday, February 1  | New York City

Skinner’s Fine Art department is inviting consignments for the May 2018 auction. Seeking works by blue-chip artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Ansel Adams, Agnes Martin, Damien Hirst, Sam Gilliam, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pablo Picasso, Diane Arbus, and Helen Frankenthaler.

Experts from Skinner will be available to evaluate items in the New York office on February 1st by appointment.… Read More

Meet the Skinner Trust & Estate Team

Rare Pair of Lemon Yellow-glazed Wine Cups, China, Yongzheng (1723-35) period, from the Estate of Walter F. Goodman (Estimate $30,000-50,000, sold for: $459,000)

The Skinner Trust & Estate Team is gearing up for the 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning; the nation’s largest gathering of estate planning professionals. Whether you are an attorney preparing to head to the week-long conference in Orlando, a newly appointed Executor of an Estate, or thinking about your individual plan, now is a great time to meet the East Coast Skinner Trust & Estate team.… Read More

Fine Jewelry Consignment Days | Boston & Marlborough



Wednesday, January 17 | Boston

Wednesday, January 24 | Marlborough

Reserve an appointment with Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department for a complimentary verbal auction evaluation and possible consignment of your Fine Jewelry. Skinner presents four Fine Jewelry auctions annually and regularly realizes outstanding prices at auction.  We are preparing for yet another successful year and accepting consignments for 2018 now.… Read More

3 Ways to Research Book Values Online

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Signed Presentation Copy, first American edition, New York: Doubleday & McClure, 1899. Sold for $19,680

Have you ever found a cool vintage book at a thrift shop, or opened up an old frame to discover an ancient document? Perhaps someone in your family loved reading so much that they filled the entire house (and all of the closets) with books. Even a modest collection arranged on shelves in an unassuming den or living room can sometimes contain 1,000 or more books, and when downsizing one wonders where to begin!… Read More

Asian Art Consignment Day | New York

Rare Pair of Lemon Yellow-glazed Wine Cups, China, Yongzheng (1723-35) period. Sold for: $459,000.

Thursday, January 18 | New York City

Skinner’s Asian Art department is inviting consignments for 2018 auctions. Experts from Skinner will be available in the New York office on January 18th by appointment to evaluate Chinese porcelains, Chinese jade and stone carvings, textiles, fine Chinese and Japanese cloisonné, Japanese Meiji Period antiques, Japanese woodblock prints, Asian scroll paintings, Bronzes, Buddhist items and more from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.… Read More

Modern American Life: The Lithographs of George Bellows

George Bellows (American, 1882-1925) Preliminaries, alternatively titled Preliminaries to the Big Bout, 1916, edition of 67 (Lot 13, Estimate: $15,000 – 25,000)

One of the youngest of the Ashcan School artists, George Wesley Bellows began making prints in 1916. Like his paintings, his lithographs incorporated a wide breadth of subject matter, depicted in realistic, often gritty, detail that signified American city life in the early 20th century in all of its vast varieties.… Read More

Highlights from Skinner’s January 12th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Framed Stained Glass Panel of a Watery Landscape, early 20th century, in the manner of Duffner and Kimberly, (Lot 313, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, January 12th. With over 600 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Today’s Interiors- Seeking Modernity in Antiques

A Lecture by Paula Daher – Daher Interior Design – Principal



Paula Daher – Daher Interior Design – Principal


Always creative and ever passionate about the process of achieving beautiful, functional interior design, Paula combines classical training in design and business with an analytical mindset to lead an award-winning design firm.… Read More

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