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March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Skinner, Inc. today announced that its
Fine Jewelry auction brought
$2,532,640.50, more than a half million over the sale's estimate high. Held this past
Tuesday, March 12th in
Boston, the results are further evidence of a trend toward consistently strong bidding for exemplary pieces.
Consignment Day, Wednesday, March 20thSkinner is holding a consignment day at the
Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza, on
Wednesday, March 20th. By appointment only from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., department director
Victoria Bratberg and members of her staff will provide verbal auction estimates for fine jewelry including gold, diamonds, gemstones, signed, and vintage pieces. While there is no obligation to consign, pieces will be considered for inclusion in one of Skinner's upcoming fine jewelry auctions, held four times annually. Those interested may register for the event at
Cartier PenduletteThe auction's cover lot, an early 20
th century fine Edwardian carved agate and enamel pendulette by Cartier (lot 553) was the auction's top selling lot. Smashing its pre-sale estimate high of
$20,000, the clock brought
$174,000. The stunning piece features a rotating ball dial with Roman numeral indicators and a rose-cut diamond star to indicate the time, set atop of the "Three Wise Monkeys," two with rose-cut diamond eyes. Purchased at Cartier,
Paris by Mrs.
Charles B. Alexander, the piece descended to her daughter
Mary Alexander Whitehouse and then to her daughter, the consignor.
Diamonds and Natural PearlsDiamonds and pearls continue to inspire heated competition. Several of the sale's highlights outperformed pre-sale estimates, including a natural pearl necklace (lot 535), which exceeded a high estimate set at
$40,000 to achieve
$120,000. Other strong results include a gray natural pearl and diamond pendant (lot 544), estimated at
$30,000, which sold for
$78,000, and an emerald intaglio, and
Burma sapphire, brooch which sold
A 6.04 ct. diamond solitaire (lot 473) brought
$49,200, and a colored diamond and diamond pendant with old European-cut colored diamonds weighing 7.20 cts (lot 506) brought
About SkinnerSkinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company's auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series,
Antiques Roadshow, since the show's inception. Skinner has galleries in
Marlborough, Massachusetts with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the
SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at
www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.
SOURCE Skinner, Inc.