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Bonhams Acquires Skinner Auctioneers

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For over 40 years, the Skinner Auction House has offered auctions with beautiful, rare, and unique items. Their diverse inventory covers dozens of categories. Skinner’s team of specialists provides individualized service and attention to detail. They work with individuals and institutions to bring their collections to life. The company’s diverse clientele attracts items from around the globe.

The Bonhams Group has acquired the Boston-based Skinner Auctioneers, giving it a wider reach and a global footprint. The acquisition will see the auction house adopt a new name, Bonhams Skinner. In addition to acquiring the Skinner auction house, Bonhams has acquired the Copenhagen-based Bruun Rasmussen, and acquired the Bukowskis auction house in January. The Swedish owners hoped to gain access to the Nordic region through the acquisition. The acquisition of Skinner also means that Bonhams has increased its global reach and digital footprint.

As one of the world’s premier auction houses, Skinner is an industry leader in both antiques and fine arts. It is the only full-service auction house headquartered in New England. Its appraisers frequently appear on the PBS-TV show Antiques Roadshow. The company’s appraisal team includes experts in over 20 specialties including American furniture & decorative arts, Asian works of art, fine jewelry, fine musical instruments, and fine silver.

The founder and owner of Skinner Auction, Edward Keane, has a lifetime interest in antiques and material culture. Keane was an experienced appraiser with an extensive knowledge of American furniture and decorative arts. He also specialized in Americana and folk art.

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