Skinner

American auction house Skinner has been trading since the 1960s and, in addition to their flagship Boston saleroom, they also operate from Marlborough, Massachusetts; Coral Gables, Florida and New York City.

Skinner hold regular sales across the year and maintain specialist categories in areas including American, Indian and ethnographic art, antique dolls, Judaica, textiles & couture and musical instruments.


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Detective fiction trailblazer equals Edgar Allan Poe record

17 December 2018

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of the Marie Roget’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’ are among now famous works that are to be found in the newly discovered first issue copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales shown below.

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Van Cleef & Arpels in tune at Skinner

12 November 2018

This novel 14ct gold, cabochon emerald, diamond, and ruby brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels carries an estimate of $5000-7000 at Skinner of Boston’s sale of Important Jewelry on December 4.

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Rare Native American pipe offered in Boston

12 November 2018

A North-west Coast Tlingit pipe in the form of a bear will be offered at an upcoming auction in Boston.

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Autumn 2018: Auction previews in the US from Boston to California

17 September 2018

With buying opportunities proliferating across the US this autumn, ATG picks out a selection of highlights appearing at auctions from Boston to California.

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Bard doubts and beastly beliefs

27 August 2018

Briefly noted in ATG No 2353 was a copy of Through the Looking Glass sold for £30,000 at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9%) on July 10, where it was part of the eighth and latest sale of books from ‘The Library of an English Bibliophile’.

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CERAMICS: America's continuing love affair with the Wedgwood factory

20 August 2018

An old and respected provenance can still hold sway even in no longer buoyant sectors of the market.

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Movers and Shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments

06 August 2018

Our latest look at new roles in the art and antiques trade.

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5 highlights from single-owner sale of early English books at Skinner in Boston

18 July 2018

US auction house Skinner is holding a single-owner sale devoted to early English books in their Boston rooms.

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European tools set to measure up in Massachusetts

09 April 2018

The central 350-lot section of the auction of clocks, watches and scientific instruments to be held by Skinner in Marlborough on April 20 comprises a single-owner collection of European tools.

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Salerooms beyond the ‘big three’ look to gain from Asian focus

05 March 2018

As well as the ‘big three’, a clutch of other US salerooms will be holding specialist Asian art sales in mid March.

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Sioux knife sheath from the Battle of Little Bighorn at Boston auction

20 November 2017

A Sioux Indian beaded knife sheath from the Battle of Little Bighorn could be the highlight of Skinner’s sale of American Indian and Ethnographic art to be held on December 2 in Boston.

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Skinner brings a touch of colour

11 September 2017

The coloured stones market remains strong, so Skinner can expect strong international competition for an antique sapphire pendant brooch (below) in Boston on September 19.

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Polikoff ceramics collection comes up at Boston auction

19 June 2017

On July 13 Boston saleroom Skinner will be offering the Victor & Muriel Polikoff Collection comprising nearly 300 lots of 18th and early 19th century ceramics.

Rich seams for dealers and auctioneers from Portuguese ‘golden period’

18 April 2017

From noble jewels to semi-precious gems, a show in May will celebrate a ‘golden period’ of Portuguese jewellery in the 18th century. Here we preview the exhibition and then present other recent and forthcoming sale highlights.

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Boston outshines New York with $22m vase

22 September 2014

The US staged a raft of dedicated Asian auctions in New York salerooms and beyond last week. Top lot as ATG went to press was this 2ft 10½in (88cm) high fencai vase from the Qianlong period with a six-character turquoise Qianlong mark to the base when it sold for $22m (£14.2m) hammer at Skinner (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston on September 17.

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Jensen jewellery shines in Boston

18 September 2014

This silver and labradorite floral necklace designed by Georg Jensen c.1915 sold for $17,000 (£10,970) at a recent auction held by Skinner of Boston.

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London-made lathe takes $190,000 in Massachusetts

10 January 2013

A rare Holtzapffel & Company rose engine lathe turned a few heads at Skinner’s recent Science, Technology and Clocks sale to take $190,000 (£124,185) as the top lot of the day.

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The high art of the weathervane

30 August 2012

Weathervanes have always been at the pinnacle of aspirations for collectors of American folk art.

Skinner launch online-only fixed-time auction platform

16 April 2012

LEADING US regional saleroom Skinner are to launch an online-only auction platform.

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Turning lathe at $55,000 in US sale

15 August 2011

THIS Holtzapffel & Deyerlein ornamental turning lathe made in London c.1827 came up for sale at Skinner in Marlborough, Massachusetts in a Science, Technology and Clocks sale.

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