Bonhams Skinner

Bonhams Skinner

274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
United States

Founded over four decades ago, Bonhams Skinner offers more than 60 auctions annually. Bonhams Skinner auctions reach an international audience and showcase the unique, rare, and beautiful in dozens of...Read More
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Consignment form for appraisal


How to Sell

Skinner brings the very best fine art and objects of value to market in curated specialty auctions. If we feel your material is not a good fit for one of our specialties, or if the value falls below our minimum lot levels, we will be unable to offer it at auction.


If your property has been accepted on consignment, congratulations! You are in the company of experts who will guide you through the consignment and auction process in a warm, approachable environment.

  • Single Items

    We want you to understand exactly what you have, what it is worth, and whether it is suitable for sale at auction.

  • Large Collections

    Skinner excels at handling large and valuable collections as well as entire estates.

  • Institutional Collections

    Skinner collaborates with museums, historical societies, corporations, educational and non-profit institutions.

The Consignment Process

  • 1. Send in Material to be Consigned

    When you are invited to consign, you will receive instructions on how to ship the material to Skinner or arrange for an appointment to bring it in to our Marlborough or Boston gallery. Please keep in mind that any auction estimates you received based on photographs may be revised once an appraiser assesses the item in person.

  • 2. Sign a Consignment Contract

    Review your contract carefully before signing. It contains important information on how the auction process works and also outlines the commission rate and fees that you will be charged.

  • 3. Photography, Catalogs, and Marketing

    Allow at least 2-3 months from the time you sign a consignment contract to auction. During this time, our specialists will research and catalog your material, photographers will take high quality pictures, our in-house production team will publish an auction catalog, and our marketing team will plan advertisements, events, and outreach around the auction. This outreach includes email and social media campaigns, a press release, and a dedicated landing page on our website for each auction. A high quality photograph and description of your item will appear in the online auction catalog on a page optimized for web searches.

  • 4. Watch for your Pre-Sale Notice

    Two weeks before the auction in which your property is scheduled to sell, you will receive a pre-sale notice in the mail. This notice contains the auction name, number, and date along with the lot numbers of your property.

  • 5. Attend the Auction

    You may join us at our Boston or Marlborough gallery, or you can watch the auction online from your computer using SkinnerLive!

  • 6. Sold!

    If you’re not watching from the audience or your computer when the hammer falls, you can check the prices realized on our website. We update the results continuously during the sale. In the event that your property fails to sell, you have two choices. You may choose to offer the lot again in a future auction, or you may wish to have your property returned to you. Charges may apply for returned property. If your property sold, congratulations! Expect to receive your payment from the Skinner Accounting team 35 days after the auction.