MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Bonhams Skinner’s third sale of treasured objects from eclectic collector Jim Dixon’s impressive collection hammered at double the high estimate range. The online auction ran from June 5 to June 15 and featured hundreds of lots of Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, American and African art and also antiques and vintage collectables, including the largest collection of Buddhist monk’s robes (aka kesas) Skinner has ever brought to auction. The top lot of the sale, an exceptional Indian mother-of-pearl inlaid wood casket, achieved $237,500. It had been estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers presented its initial sale from the the Jim Dixon collection, commanding widespread interest beyond the centerpiece Ming Imperial dragon carpet. The May 4 auction represented the first of several planned sales from the lifetime accruals of Jim Dixon, a passionate antiquarian and outsized figure in the world of fine woven textiles who passed away in 2020. Sales for both the live May 4 auction and a late April-early May online auction together reached $1,375,805.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers will conduct a live auction of American Art on Wednesday, May 25, starting at 10 am Eastern time at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery. Ranging across centuries from the early Hudson River School to early American Modernism, the sale features masterworks by some of this country’s greatest painters and sculptors. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Skinner Auctioneers announces the appointment of John Dorfman as the company’s director of Books & Manuscripts. In his capacity with the auction house, Dorfman will oversee the research, acquisition and sale of rare books, historical documents, autographs and ephemera.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers presented two European auctions in April that drew competitive bidding from enthusiastic participants worldwide and generated high prices across multiple categories. On Thursday, April 14, Skinner offered a single-owner live auction titled Luxe Living: The Bostonians, showcasing a curated collection of furniture and decorative arts from the home of a prominent Boston couple. The online European Decor & Design Auction, which ran from April 12 – April 22, proved yet again that the market for silver, particularly pieces of sterling silver holloware from well-known makers such as Tiffany and Gorham, remains strong.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers will offer the lifetime accruals of a passionate antiquarian and outsized figure in the world of fine woven textiles: The Jim Dixon collection. Dixon, a master garden designer who passed away in 2020, was considered to have one of the most important collections of carpets and rugs in the United States. His significant and expertly assembled holdings will be auctioned by Skinner across five sales, beginning with an online auction April 25 – May 5 and a live auction on Wednesday, May 4 in Boston. Absentee and Internet live bidding for the May 4 sale will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Skinner Auctioneers announces the appointment of interior designer Phillip Thomas as the auction house’s inaugural designer in residence, strengthening Skinner’s long-held relationship with Thomas. Having collaborated with him on a number of design events and sales since 2018, Thomas’ appointment demonstrates Skinner’s innovative approach to auctions as an avenue for interior design.
LONDON – Bonhams, the global auction house, has today acquired the renowned US auction house, Skinner. Going forward, Skinner will be known as Bonhams Skinner. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers will host a live Asian Works of Art sale at its Marlborough galleries on Wednesday, March 23 starting at 10 am Eastern time. Coinciding with Asia Week in New York, the auction will offer jade pieces, Song period ceramics, a broad range of famille rose, paintings and Buddhist sculptures. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.