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.
We want you to understand exactly what you have, what it is worth, and whether it is suitable for sale at auction.
Skinner excels at handling large and valuable collections as well as entire estates.
Skinner collaborates with museums, historical societies, corporations, educational and non-profit institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may join us at our Boston or Marlborough gallery, or you can watch the auction online from your computer using SkinnerLive!
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.