Kerry Shrives


Bonhams Skinner, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Director of Information & Technology, Director of Fine Judaica
Boston, MA
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Kerry Shrives is a Senior Vice President and Senior Appraiser at Bonhams Skinner. She has over three decades of experience in appraising, cataloguing, and selling furniture, decorative art, and fine art from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

In her role, Kerry has handled such significant property as the rediscovery and sale of Fitz Hugh Lane's Sunset at Gloucester Harbour for $3.3 million – a world record for the artist and a record for a painting sold at an American auction outside of New York. She also has broad experience with successful single-owner sales, including the Solomon Collection of Judaica, which brought $1.5 million. The collection included an important silver and silver-gilt synagogue ark-form Hanukkah lamp, which sold for $314,000. Her focus on the intersection of antiques and technology has driven the successful transformation of Bonhams Skinner into a digital business.

Kerry has been a frequent contributor to the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, since its inception, and has provided commentary on the antiques and art market for numerous print and digital news channels, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg, and The Guardian.

Kerry holds an M.A. degree from the University of London and a B.A. from Smith College.

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