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Rare Copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales Auctioned for $315,000 at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – November 18, 2018  – An attic discovery of the rare 1845 first edition of Poe’s Tales (Lot 224, Estimate: $60,000-80,000) in paper wrappers surpassed all expectations to sell for $315,000 after fierce competition from internet and telephone bidders. Based on the context of the discovery of this copy of Poe’s Tales, the original owner presumably bought this and other similar contemporaneous books to be read for amusement in the 1840s.… Read More

Guide to Collecting John James Audubon Prints

Among the entries on the list of the World’s Most Expensive Books at Auction are copies of The Birds of America by John James Audubon, which sold for $11.5 million in 2010. 

There’s a good reason that the book commands such high prices. Audubon created a genre of illustration that didn’t exist before. He depicted his birds life-size,  exhibiting normal behaviors in their natural habitats. His abilities as an artist and high scientific standards are perfectly captured in his illustrations, and people of all ages and backgrounds are drawn to these lifelike images.Read More

Skinner to Host Books & Manuscripts Online Auction, May 23 – June 2

MARLBOROUGH, MAAn archive of forty-three unpublished love letters written by secretive and celebrated artist Andrew Wyeth highlights Skinner’s spring auction of Books & Manuscripts. The online-only auction features 592 lots of historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps. Lots open for bidding on Tuesday, May 23 at 12PM and begin closing on Friday, June 2 at 10AM.

Andrew Wyeth’s Unpublished Love Letters

The letters (Lot 1106, Estimated between $80,000-120,000) are addressed to Alice Moore, between August 1937 and March 1939, documenting Wyeth’s earliest known romantic relationship.… Read More

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 18–26

MARLBOROUGH, MA, May 13, 2016- This spring’s Fine Books & Manuscripts  online-only auction will open for bidding on Wednesday, May 18 at 12 PM and conclude on Thursday, May 26 at 3PM.

The auction features a well-rounded selection of unique documents and rare printed books, including three documents signed by George Washington (Lots 1107, 1108, & 1109); a large archive of letters and notes by Nantucket whaler Seth Pinkham (Lot 1072, estimated between $10,000 and $15,000); a rare large-format signed photograph of Charles Dickens (Lot 1025, $8,000-$10,000); an early John F.Read More

Audubon’s Quadruped Folio Highlights His Message of Conservation

An independent Audubon Society has decided to de-accession one of the great masterpieces of 19th century natural history book illustration. The Society has a mission: to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Maintaining rare and valuable books is not necessarily a part of that mission. As a result, the book collecting world has an opportunity to admire and perhaps acquire the complete first edition of Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.… Read More

Skinner to Offer Fine Books & Manuscripts at Auction November 15

Complete copy of Audubon’s Quadrupeds of North America leads Annual Fall Sale

Boston, MA –October 26, 2015 Skinner, Inc. will present a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction as part of Boston’s traditional fall calendar of rare book events. The 39th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center runs during the weekend of November 13-15, and the Skinner auction of over four hundred historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps commences on Sunday, November 15th, at 11AM.… Read More

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 27th–June 7th

Boston, MA –May  22, 2015  This spring’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at Skinner, Inc. will remain true to its title, featuring printed and handwritten material spanning six centuries and celebrating cultural, literary, and historical milestones. The online-only sale will begin on May 27th, 2015 at 12 P.M. ET and conclude on June 7th, 2015 at 4 P.M. ET. Live previews will be held at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 2 P.M.… Read More

Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction Features Letters by Important Literary and Historical Figures

BOSTON, MA – October 28, 2014Skinner, Inc. will present a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction as part of Boston’s traditional fall rare book events. The 38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center runs during the weekend of November 14-16, and the Skinner auction of 490 lots of historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps commences on Sunday, November 16th, at 10 a.m.… Read More

Skinner to Auction Early American Documents, Rare Books, Manuscripts and More on May 31

BOSTON, MA – May 1, 2014 Skinner, Inc. announces a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on May 31st featuring early American documents, rare books, manuscripts, natural history prints, and antique maps. Department director Devon Gray notes, “New England culture treasures books, history, and education; Massachusetts is home to Harvard University, the Antiquarian Society, and the Boston Public Library. Skinner is in a unique position to present important American documents at auction.”

Important Documents

The auction kicks off with over 50 lots of important documents, featuring interesting items from early American history.… Read More

November Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction Achieves Exceptional Results

BOSTON, MA – December 5, 2013Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce strong results from its November 17 auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts. Grossing over $1.1 million, this sale garnered tremendous enthusiasm across both emerging and established collecting areas, highlighting Skinner’s continued growth in the category.

Early Photography

19th century photography performed well, led by Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War.… Read More

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