Tag Archives: Auction Highlights

No Small Change: New Views Delight Collectors and Boost Results

The September Coins & Currency auction was a collector’s delight, offering many pieces from Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome and strong selections from American history in both silver and gold. Under the direction of Skinner Coins & Currency department Director David Donahue, the online catalog featured a greater number and variety of high-resolution images, drawing the interest of collectors. 

1812 Capped Bust Eagle, MS-63, sold for $20,000

The top seller was an 1812 Half Eagle that realized $20,000.… Read More

Documents Led the Way in Skinner’s Historic Manuscripts & Rare Books Auction

A trove of documents collected in the late 1930s from legendary dealers Goodspeed’s in Boston, Massachusetts, and John Heise of Syracuse, New York, included a wide variety of interesting early documents spanning four centuries. 

A rare and well-preserved George Washington-signed Revolutionary War printed discharge form for a soldier in the 2nd New York Regiment sold for $18,750. A 1787 sworn oath testifying to a debt owed by a Philadelphia sailmaker signed by Benjamin Franklin brought $10,000.… Read More

Skinner May Jewelry Auctions Exceed $2.8 Million: Diamonds and Colored Stones Led the Way

MARLBOROUGH, MA – MAY 24, 2021 – Skinner presented a two-session Jewelry auction, drawing highly competitive bidding from enthusiastic participants worldwide and generating high prices across multiple categories. “The jewelry market continues its upward ascent,” says department director Kaitlin Shinnick, “we’re seeing higher prices across all categories and thrilled by the number of lots beating pre-sale estimate.”

Diamonds and Colored Stones

Jewels belonging to Irene Langhorne Gibson (1873-1956), the original “Gibson Girl” and wife of famed American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson garnered significant interest. 

Irene Langhorne was the daughter of railroad industrialist Chiswell Langhorne, and sister to Nancy Viscountess Astor, an American-born British politician and the first woman seated as a Member of Parliament.… Read More

Rarity Rules at Asian Art Auction: Two-volume Tome Garners $137,500

BOSTON, MA – March 31, 2021. The Skinner March Asian Works of Arts auction offered various pan-Asian material ranging from Chinese ceramics and Japanese prints to a textile from Turkey and a stone funerary stele from Egypt. Fierce bidding that took place online in the last hours of the sale resulted in an exciting climax with many pieces selling for more than their estimated value.

One of only one hundred copies in the world, a near-pristine copy of Heber Bishop’s Investigations in Jade brought $137,500, including buyer’s premium.… Read More

Great Finds: Jewelry | Online Event March 22

ONLINE EVENT | MONDAY, MARCH 22 AT 5PM

Join us for a casual, free-flowing conversation with Skinner jewelry experts Gloria Lieberman and John Colasacco — get their inside view. The discussion will touch on the jewelry auction highlights of the 2010s, and delve into the fascinating stories behind them. They will also share their perspectives on design and style, and how they would incorporate similar looks into their differing senses of fashion.… 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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5 of the Best – 2020 Auction Highlights

Here are some top lots in the categories of fine art, jewelry, watches, Asian art, and Americana from 2020 that gave a jolt of excitement and wildly exceeded expectations in a year that saw major auctions go virtual.

Chinese Blue and White Lotus-mouth Bottle Vase, sold for: $1,272,500

Elegantly formed, with an elongated pear-shaped body, allover lotus scroll design executed in “heap and pile” style, animal masks applied to the shoulder and six-character Yongzheng mark in underglaze blue in a double ring to the base, the ht.… Read More

August Americana at Skinner: Bidders find Comfort for their home, from their homes. Auction totals $1.8m

August Americana showcased fresh-to-the-market property owned by a variety of consignors who trusted Skinner to handle their collections with the care, honesty, and expertise for which Skinner has developed a reputation over their decades in business.

Property of Various Owners

A legendary, but long-dormant connoisseurs collection purchased quietly from many of the best dealers of the late 1960s and early 1970s produced some of the best prices and most competitive bidding.… Read More

Jewelry from Exceptional New England Estates | 2.4 Million Dollar Jewelry Auctions at Skinner

Dreicer & Co. Diamond Sautoir Necklace, c. 1910s, sold for $75,000 and Dreicer & Co. Diamond Pendant Drop, c. 1910s, sold for $100,000

Jewelry from three distinguished New England estates lead the way at Skinner’s Important and Fine Jewelry auctions. From the estate of Mary Weld Pingree, founder of The Pingree School and once described as “Boston’s richest girl,” was a remarkable diamond sautoir by Driecer & Co.… Read More

Skinner $3M May Fine Art Auction, leads with Scenes of Winter

BOSTON, MA – June 4, 2020 –  The Skinner May 31st auction of American & European Works of Art  found great success, doubling the pre-auction estimates. Record-high interest came through participation in the US, Canada, and throughout Europe. Bidders, many for the first time, competed via the Skinner website, Bidsquare, telephone, and absentee bid.

Alfons Walde (Austrian, 1891-1958) Aufstieg der Schifahrer.

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