About Renee Corbino

Renee Corbino has a decade of experience in the auction industry. Her expertise covers a broad spectrum of fine and decorative arts and antiques including: paintings, silver, ceramics, furniture, netsuke and more. She received her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in classical studies & art history from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian & George Mason University.
renee has written 17 articles so far, you can find them below.
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You Want to Set a Table Like Betty Draper? You can, and its cheap too!

By Renee Corbino You’re ready to host a formal dinner for a special occasion and you want to throw it Mad Men style?  Betty Draper in Season 2, Episode 8, titled “A Night to Remember” throws a formal dinner party for  several of Don’s business partners.  Her table is exquisitely set with fine china, silver, […]
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It’s Groundhog Day! The Furry Weather Predictor in Popular Culture

By Renee Corbino Every year on February 2nd, in Gobblers Knob, an area just outside of the little town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, people gather to watch men dressed in 19th-century garb hold aloft an unassuming and probably sleepy groundhog and proclaim whether or not it sees its shadow.   If the ground hog sees its […]

Absentee Bidding: 6 Tips to Make Sure You Get What You Pay For

By Renee Corbino So, you’ve combed the internet for that painting by the artist you saw on your honeymoon in Italy, the porcelain figurine you remember from your grandparents house as a child, or that perfect piece of jewelry to celebrate your 10 year anniversary, and you’re ready to buy.  The only problem? The auctions […]

Phone Bidding 101

Bidding by phone can be a great choice when you’re unable to attend an auction in person.  It allows you to be right in the middle of the action, and ultimately you have complete control over the price that you pay.  When it comes time to bid, you’re assigned to an auction house employee who […]

The Problem of Non-paying Bidders at Auction: What To Do If It Happens to You

By Renee Corbino In November of 2010 at Bainbridge Auctions in London,  a Chinese vase became the most expensive Chinese piece ever sold with a hammer price of 51.6 million pounds ($83 million USD). Called the “Ruislip Vase,” this piece remained unpaid for nearly two years following the sale. Bloomberg reports that this vase,   rumored to have […]
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“It’s Toasted!”: Mad Men & Lucky Strike Collectables

By Renee Corbino The opening scene of AMC’s Mad Men introduced us to advertising executive Don Draper, who was writing notes on a napkin while sitting in a bar. He talks to a waiter about his preferred brand of cigarettes, and Don hopes to glean from the conversation why smokers are loyal to one brand […]

First time auction buyer? Eight tips to make your first auction a success!

By Renee Corbino Buying at auction can be a very intimidating process. Popular culture represents auctions as comedic situations, where a simple blink of your eyes or a scratch of your nose will result in the winning of a million dollar painting you can’t afford. Rest assured, auctions are not nearly as complicated or risky […]