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Paul is a nationally known appraiser, auctioneer and gallerist of fine art, antiques and collectibles based in Boston an central Massachusetts.  He studied philosophy and art history graduating with a B.A. from Clark University, Worcester, MA and a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University in California.  He also attended St. Andrews University in Scotland where he received an Oxford University travel grant allowing me to tour museums and galleries throughout Europe.

He is the author of several books and catalogs on art and antiques and has been featured on popular television shows and other major media outlets.  His over 35 years of experience in the art and antiques business began as a hobby for his parents bringing him to auctions and antique shows since the early 1970s.  He worked his way through college selling items to major galleries before joining one in Boston and later moving on as an appraiser & auctioneer for Skinners.  An early adopter of the Internet he helped several start-up companies before joining Amazon.com when they were partnering with Sothebys.com. 

As an independent appraiser, auctioneer and gallerist for over 15 years, he has owned galleries on Newbury Street in Boston, Bear Skin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts and an auction house / gallery in Leominster, MA.  During this time he has represented and appraised collections valued over $10 million dollars an individual items valued over $1 million dollars.  He has represented several artist estates and successfully sold over 750 paintings by the same artist in a single day.   He has worked with museums across the United States and abroad including the private sale of a newly discovered John Singleton Copley portrait to a museum and the appraisal of the most important donation in the history of MIT neuroscience.  He is an authority on 20th century art and design having sold many pieces of art pottery at record prices and included in major collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  A few of his broad range of specialty sales included 1500 paintings by the artist Bernard Corey, the Ephraim Cutting California Gold Rush Archive, the Ellie Kuhner collection consisting of over 4,000 vintage teddy bears, the Jack Naylor Daguerreotype Collection,  the Émile Gallé Rose Vase and the recently discovered Ty Cobb letters from 1904. He has lectured at museums, colleges and institutions across the United States and recognized for contributions to the National Auctioneers Association.  He has raised over $100,000 for charitable organizations and libraries through his appraisal and charity event services. His memberships have included the National Auctioneers Association, Massachusetts Auctioneers Association, American Art Pottery Association, Ephemera Society of America, Society for American Baseball Research, Rockport Art Association and the Appraisers Association of America.  He has supported the New England Museum Association and has been an affiliate member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Estate Planning Council and several other professional associations.  His is also a member of the Society for Baseball Research.

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Paul finds a group of California gold rush letters on the front porch and Ambrotypes in the attic of the estate.

He transcribes all the letters and sells them for $80,500 for the estate!


This Steiff teddy bear was in a closet in the estate of a person with Alzheimer.  Paul got the estate over $10,000 for the bear which was later used for charity!

Found in an attic by a person helping an elderly client downsize they contacted Paul who graded the gold coin and sold it for $17,000!

A lady brings this painting in for an appraisal after a dealer offered her $4,000.
  Paul got her $241,500 for it!

This painting was left by a customer's father in a crate in a basement.  Paul identifies the artist, restores the painting and helps put his customer's children through college!

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