Kaminski Auctions (Boston auction house)


2015-06-26 11:07:19

Kaminski Auctions (Boston auction house)

Kaminski Auctions is a U.S auction house based in Boston, Massachusetts. History

Kaminski Auctions have over twenty five years experience working as an auction house. They have estates throughout new England including offices at Beverley, Massachusetts. The company was created by Frank Kaminski and boasts an extensive clientèle including museums, historical societies and private individuals.

Kaminski Auctions sell fine art, antiques and estates and are used by dealers and collectors.

Services and expertise

Kaminski Auctions runs an auction house, holding sixteen auctions a year. They specialise in fine art, antiques, oriental rugs, jewellery, silver and period antiques. Bids are taken in persons, by telephone or by absentee bid. Bidders can also bid online using the website liveauctioneers.com. There is a 17% buyer's premium which rises to 20% is the sale is conducted online.

They also offer an Appraisal service and run Free Appraisal days every Tuesday at their Beverley premises. As well as fine art they also sell estates, notably including those of Governor James Michael Curley and Boston collector Lisa Loeb.

They also have non-profit clients such as the Sisters of Mercy in Manchester, NH and the McClean hospital in Belmont. Another service they operate through their commercial division are inventory sales and industrial/commercial liquidations. They offer marketing strategies to increase profitability and count among their clients high-profile businesses such as Abercrombie & Fitch, the First American Bank, Boston and Pella Doors & Windows.


Kaminski Auctions have speciality departments in Asian Art, Fine Art, Glass, Lamps and Couture and Vintage Clothing. They also established a photography department in May 2012.

Auction catalogues

None currently listed

Notable sales

A portfolio of sketches by Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong and dedicated to Alice Boney sold for a record $255,000 at the April 2011 Asian art auction.


Also sold at this auction:

  • Hunghuali altar table with scroll-form spandrels and scrolling dragon decoration - $64,000
  • Two 17th/18th Century Hunghuali horseshoe chairs - $87,000
  • Ming Dynasty fish bowls; a Wucai fish bowl with a Wanli mark and decorated with fish, lotus flowers and water weeds sold for $55,000. A blue and white porcelain fish tank sold for $52,000.
  • Chinese table screen - $30,000

From the Fine Asian Art and Antiques sale, held in August 2011:

  • A circa. 1925 high vase in the style of Wang Shigu - $152,100
  • 18th-19th century enamelled ovoid form snuff bottle – sold for $74,880
  • 19th century gu zeng (Chinese musical instrument) - sold for $74,880
  • Ming Dynasty scroll with two Ming seals - $36,270
  • 19th Century Hhuanghuali box, with jade and mother-of-pearl - $18,720
  • Top Japanese lot was three bronze figures which sold for $14,040

Notable sales from the 2006 Fine Art sale include:

  • 'Arctic Sunset' an 1870 painting by William Bradford which sold for $471,500.
  • 'Misty Moonlight' a 20th century oil painting by Albert Pinkham Ryder - $120,750
  • An untitled mountain landscape by John Hafen and dedicated to Cyrus Dallin - $29,900
  • 'Portrait of a Young Woman Wearing a Black Hat and Holding a Fan' by William Sherman Potts – sold for $25,150
  • 'La Fille du Peche' (1889) by Francis Henry Richardson - $20,700

News & Events

Upcoming Auction Dates

  • January 26 – Fine Asian Art & Antiques
  • February 9/10 – Estate Auction
  • February 24 – Coins, paper, Etc
  • March 9 – Estate Auction
  • March 10 – Decor Auction
  • March 30 - Fine Asian Art & Antiques
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