WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Bid, Buy, Bargain, or Sell It's been five decades since Dick and Nancy Skinner founded what has become one of New England's – one might even say the world's – preeminent art and antiques sales venues. At Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers in Marlborough, amidst crowded aisles, a crowd of dealers and collectors, coffee and pastries in hand, pokes and prods the items on display. Then, as if on cue, the low buzz of conversation filling the hall dies and people move quickly to be seated. Auctioneer (and Wellesley native) Stephen Fletcher, a Skinner stalwart well familiar to Antiques Roadshow audiences, mounts a low platform at the front of the antique-filled room. The image of a forest-green 1960s-era Mercedes-Benz convertible appears on an oversize flat-screen monitor. In what seems but a becomes a matter of selecting the proper auction venue or a dealer moment the vehicle fetches a price precisely that of its pre-sale estimate. whom you can trust. Members of the legal community with a specialty tion houses worth considering. A Prudent Approach When multiple interests in an estate must be recognized, a prudent approach to disposing of assets is always in order. From fine art and objets de vertu, to motorcars and Mickey Mouse ephemera, niches and special expertise define the antiques and collectibles marketplace. Whom you work with and where you sell will all be important deter- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 minants of your success. 100 John Hagan COURTESY OF JOHN HAGAN in estate planning invariably have relationships with dealers and auc-

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