- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2000

Please note that this list is not inclusive.

DISTRICT:

• Adam A. Weschler & Son Inc., 905-9 E St. NW. Phone: 202/628-1281. Web site: www.weschlers.com. Tuesday auctions begin at 9:30 a.m. Preview items on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Catalog previews are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday the week before the auction.

Upcoming catalog auctions:

Sept. 16: Jewelry, coins and watches 10 a.m.; American and European paintings 1 p.m.

Sept. 29: Asian artwork 10 a.m.; 20th-century decorative art 1 p.m.

MARYLAND:

• Sloan's Auctioneers & Appraisers, 4920 Wyaconda Road, North Bethesda. Phone: 301/468-4911. Web site: www.sloansauctions.com. Thursday auctions begin at 10 a.m. Preview items on Monday between 4 and 8 p.m.

Upcoming catalog auctions:

Sept. 26: Rugs and carpets. Preview: Sept. 21-25.

Oct. 23: Asian ceramics and artwork. Preview: Oct. 19-22.

VIRGINIA:

• Laws Auctioneers Inc., 7209 Centreville Road, Manassas. Phone: 703/361-3148. Web site: www.lawsauction.com. Auctions begin at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Mondays, 7 p.m. on Saturdays and noon on Sundays.

Upcoming auctions:

Saturday: Antiques-estate auction

of more than 500 items from seven estates 7 p.m.

Sunday: Furniture auction from model homes noon.

Sept. 24 Estate auction of contents of Great Falls mansion noon.

• Mount Vernon Auction Center, 8726 Richmond Highway, Mount Vernon. Phone: 703/360-5070. Web site: www.mountvernonauction.com.

Upcoming estate auctions:

Monday: English antiques 7 p.m.

Sept. 16: Antiques-estate auction 6 p.m.

Sept. 22: General estate auction 7 p.m.

PARKING:

Parking in the District can be found on the street or in parking garages. At Sloan's, Laws and Mount Vernon, parking can be found on site.

AUCTION TIPS:

• Everyone must register to bid at an auction. It is a good idea to arrive early to register so you do not miss any of the action. Auctions move fast pay close attention to the auctioneer if you are bidding. Bidding can be done simply by holding up your numbered card, nodding your head or raising a finger.

• One word to the wise: Never bid on the auctioneer's opening price. He starts high and keeps going down until someone opens the bidding. Also, be aware that you may be bidding against antiques dealers, who know the value of an item.

• One strategy that might be useful is to preview the pieces (which can be done during the auction), set a price, and keep it in mind when bidding. It is quite easy to get caught up in auction fever and end up paying more than you wanted to for an item.

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