Thinking of something to blog about every day is really hard. And on top of a full time job it’s even harder. So I made a little goal weeks ago to do more posts about interesting places, venues and companies in Boston over the summer. I have a little more free time and really want to add some more unique content to the blog via behind the scenes tours, site visits and the like. So last week I made a date to go find out more about Boston’s famed Skinner Auction House in Back Bay. I’ve long known about it, but like you may be, assumed it was only for the fabulously wealthy in search of their next “little Monet”. But I had heard from a couple “regular folks”, that they too get some great stuff there- from furniture to art and even wine! Well, color me surprised, because I had no clue there were items in all price ranges! In an effort to become more informed I went in and learned more about the auction world… and got to try on some seriously awesome jewelry in the process.
First of all, the Skinner catalogs that come before an auction are like coffee table books- amazing quality, fetching covers and a total guilty pleasure to peruse. I’ve been getting them for months and LOVE when they arrive!
The team at Skinner travels the country (and world) looking at the estates and property of people all over (and also sometimes hold open call days in various cities where you can bring your things to be evaluated). You can also reach out to them if you have an object of note you want appraised for auction. It sounds like one of the coolest jobs ever, especially when it comes to the jewelry department. Here’s a tray of goodies that were up for auction last week:
There is an auction preview where you can see the items in person (you can go even if you don’t plan on bidding!) And then the day of the auction you arrive, register and get a paddle and it all happens like it does in the movies. You raise it when you want to bid and then check out at the end with your credit card. There IS a 23% bidders fee added on to final price of each item, so be sure to remember that and calculate it in when making your bids!
I fell HARD for these two lots- this gorgeous tassel necklace and pair of pendant charms. Love love love.