Skinner Auction Moving to Marlborough

BOSTON – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses, today announced that it will move from its long-time Bolton, Mass. gallery to a new facility located at 274 Cedar Hill Street in Marlborough, Mass. This newly purchased site will host the auction house’s corporate offices, suburban auction gallery, and warehouse. Currently, Skinner has galleries in Boston and Bolton, Mass. and a leased warehouse in nearby Hudson, Mass.

The new 69,000 square foot space, situated on a sprawling five acres, is approximately three times the size of its Bolton building, and accommodates parking for 200 cars. Located near the junction of Interstate 495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike, the new location is some seven miles closer to Skinner’s Boston gallery, thereby facilitating streamlined operations and greater convenience for customers traveling between both gallery locations.

“This move was necessitated by explosive business growth,” said Karen Keane, partner and CEO of Skinner, Inc. “Skinner first occupied the Bolton space in 1971. A lot has changed since then. Skinner is now one of the largest auction houses in the country and truly a world-class organization. Our operations and facilities need to reflect that growth. With this strategic move, we are addressing the space concerns of today, while preparing for long-term future growth as well.”

The new space will also accommodate more auction storage, eliminating the need for Skinner’s leased warehouse facility in Hudson, Mass. “Having appraisal and administrative staff and auction property under the same roof will result in increased efficiency for our business,” suggests Keane.

Stephen Fletcher, Skinner partner, executive vice president and Americana department head noted, “We’re extremely excited about the move to a new and bigger space. With it, we hope to gain greater flexibility and storage — both of which translate into a real advantage in serving our clients. He added, “Of course, moving from Bolton was a difficult decision. Skinner has long been a part of the Bolton community. For those of us that have worked here for years, we’ve become real friends of the town, its residents and its businesses.”

While the Marlborough facility will house administrative offices and Discovery auctions, Skinner’s specialty auctions will continue to be held in Skinner’s Boston gallery.
“Boston continues to be our strategic focus, and our new Marlborough location simply strengthens that commitment,” says Keane. “Given the historic importance of the property we offer at auction, we’re proud to call such a historic city as Boston home.”
Built for the former Digital Equipment Corporation, the Marlborough facility has been well maintained, but will require some reconfiguration. Skinner’s expects to move to its new facility in Marlborough in early 2009.

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