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November Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester
Maine & NYC landscapes

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 maine@skinnerinc.com, newyork@skinnerinc.com or at the buttons below.

Maine Monday | November 22

Regional Director of Northern New England Beth Turner will be on hand to evaluate items via email and accept consignments for upcoming 2021-2022 auctions.

SUBMIT AN EMAIL REQUEST

Westchester Wednesday | November 24

Regional Director of New York Katie Banser-Whittle will be on hand to evaluate items via email and accept consignments for upcoming 2021-2022 auctions.

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Skinner’s American Furniture Sale to Feature the Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane

The November sale features highlights from a lifetime of collecting, including 18th and early 19th century American furniture and paintings from the China Trade.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers will host a live auction of Important Americana on Friday, November 19, 2021. The sale consists of the extraordinary Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane, devoted collectors of early American craftsmanship and committed philanthropists well-known to the Boston arts community.… Read More

Records Tumble in Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria auction, under the leadership of Christopher Fox, was met with great enthusiasm and posted strong results well exceeding presale expectations, with a final sale total of $757,784 including buyer’s premium. The October 29 live sale held at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery was headlined with the William Rose Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms Collection Part I and saw extremely active bidding in the gallery, by telephone and absentee, as well as online.… Read More

First Tuesday | November 2 | Marlborough & Online

Join Us in Marlborough or online for First Tuesday!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | 1:30-4PM

Skinner experts specializing in fine art, antiques, modern design, tribal art, Asian antiques, clocks, jewelry, fine spirits, musical instruments, and coins & currency will be on hand to evaluate up to three items per person and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Please plan to arrive at your scheduled time. We are scheduling several people per 30-minute time block to reduce wait times.Read More

Manchester, NH Consignment Day | November 3

Meet with Skinner Specialists in Manchester, NH

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2021-2022 auctions. Meet with Skinner specialists in Manchester, NH, on November 3 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your fine artjewelry, asian art & antiques, and coins & currency.

Please get in touch with us to request an appointment, and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.… Read More

Virtual Gallery Walk | Historic Arms & Militaria

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 5PM

Join Skinner’s Director of Historic Arms & Militaria, Chris Fox on Zoom for an informal tour of highlights from the October live & online auctions. Chris will discuss information on the objects and their collectors, and answer participant questions.

Please register at the button below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.… Read More

Important Jewelry Preview | New York

Skinner will be hosting a preview of our November 16 Important Jewelry auction in New York from October 26th through the 28th. Please note for everyone’s health and safety that all staff and guests must wear masks at the preview, regardless of vaccination status or a negative COVID test. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Schedule an appointment: jewelry@skinnerinc.com617.874.4313

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New Direction for Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria; Announcing Two Important October Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is pleased to announce an exciting new chapter in its Historic Arms & Militaria department. Under the leadership of Director Christopher Fox, the department has taken dramatic steps to strengthen its commitment to offering fine historic, collectible, and sporting arms and related items to its vast client base. In the forthcoming sale, bidders will find a significantly enhanced web catalog with detailed lot descriptions, thorough condition reports, and numerous detailed photographs of each lot.… Read More

A Colt Python, Charles Russhon & The Man with the Golden Gun

To my family and friends, it’s no secret that I’m a lifelong fan of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and the films that followed. I spent many late nights in college riveted to Fleming’s prose when I should have been asleep, and I’ve seen the movies more times than I can count. While Fleming died long before I was born, I have met people who knew the writer. I have shaken hands with people who shook the hand of Ian Fleming!

As Director of Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria department, I am fortunate to be able to work with wonderful historic material.… Read More

Time on Your Hands

Each year, Skinner offers sales dedicated to clocks, watches, and scientific instruments. These auctions feature horological treasures from historic sundials and hourglasses to clocks of every description; from stately Victorian pocket watches to the most modern millisecond chronographs.

The liveliest, most popular category of timekeepers? Men’s fine vintage wristwatches. Collectors in this field, as in every aspect of collecting, have varying perspectives.… Read More

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