Returning to Massachusetts to pursue a career in the fine arts & antiques trade, he managed a premier 20th Century gallery in Boston and at age 25 joined Skinner Inc., the 4th largest auction house in the U.S. to appraise, auction and catalogue fine art and antiques. During his tenure at Skinner Inc., he set several world records and authored two highly acclaimed antique reference books entitled, Mission Furniture (now in its second edition) and Fireworks: New England Art Pottery from the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Formerly an appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, at age 26 he was invited to be an appraiser at the first show taped in Concord, Massachusetts and has appeared over 14 times on the program. He has been featured or mentioned on HGTV's Appraisal Fair, Business Week and Reader's Digest and many other publications. Early in its development, he transitioned to the Internet as an auction consultant for major corporations such as Times Mirror’s AuctionUniverse.com and LiveBid.com which was acquired by Amazon.com. At Amazon.com, he was a consultant for online auction strategies and live Internet bidding technology including working with Sothebys.com. After Amazon.com, he consulted with venture capital firms I-Group Hotbank and Jafco Ventures creating the first eBay seller drop off model for an Internet company.
Paul Royka provides appraisal, auction and consulting services for fine art & antiques for private individuals, banks, trust departments, museums and institutions. Paul has served clients around the world including England, France, Italy, South Korea, South Africa, China & Japan. Paul works as an agent for clients building and selling collections with other galleries and auction houses including Sotheby’s & Christies. In 2003, Paul was chosen to arrange the sale of a John Singleton Copley portrait of Elizabeth Apthorp, 1771 to a museum.
Paul Royka lectures at museums, colleges and institutions across the United States. Recognized for his contributions to the National Auctioneers Association and raised over $50,000 for charitable organizations through his appraisal and charity auction services. His memberships have included the National Auctioneers Association, Massachusetts Auctioneers Association, American Art Pottery Association, Ephemera Society of America and the Appraisers Association of America. Royka’s proudly supports the New England Museum Association and has been an affiliate member of the Massachusetts Bar Association & Boston Estate Planning Council.
Mailing: Royka's, PO Box 179, Lunenburg, MA 01462