Weschler's can be your single resource for selling at auction, with our ability to offer the contents of an entire estate, from fine art and antiques to jewelry and household goods. Unlike some auction houses, we don't demand a high minimum value. Our experienced staff also won't miss items of significant value that may be overlooked in 'house' and 'tag' sales.
Whether you wish to consign an individual item, a collection, or an entire estate, we can accommodate your needs. For more information about our services, please call (202) 628-1281.
Capital Collections Estate Auctions
(formerly Catalogue Auctions)
Weschler's holds approximately 6 sales each season which include:
- American Furniture & Decorations
- European Furniture & Decorations
- American & European Paintings, Drawings, Prints & Sculpture
- Jewelry, Coins & Watches
- 20th Century Decorative Works of Art
- Asian Works of Art
- Rugs, Carpets & Tapestries
Setting an auction value estimate is based on several factors, including age, quality and condition; a comparable item's performance at auction; and special or unusual history or provenance.
You may set a minimum price below which your merchandise will not be sold. If you elect to set a reserve, and bidding does not reach the reserve amount, you will be advised of your options. Your account will be charged for any expenses incurred.
Shipment of Property
Weschler's can assist you in arranging shipment of your property to our gallery where it is inventoried and safely stored until the sale date. Weschler's receives items on an appointment basis, generally Wednesday through Friday.
Even the best property will not reach its potential unless the right buyers know about it. Weschler's produces richly illustrated and well-documented catalogues for its major sales, which are mailed to subscribers around the world several weeks before the sale. Each item is fully described, and most are photographed. In addition, Weschler's advertises these sales globally and seeks appropriate press coverage to ensure the widest possible exposure for the auction.
Weschler's website has furthered Weschler's prominence globally with up-to date sale information as well as on-line illustrated catalogues and sale highlights.
The week before the auction, we open our galleries to the public, and we encourage prospective buyers to inspect the items for sale. Our specialists are available to answer any questions. This process helps ensure our auctions are attended by well-informed, educated buyers who are ready to bid.
For the consignor, the contract outlines charges that may be applied to your account in a sale. You will receive two copies of our Contract. One copy should be signed and returned to us; the other kept for your records. We cannot offer property at auction without a signed contract.
Weschler's charges commission rates that are outlined in the consignment contract. In addition, Merchandise consigned for a Capital Collections auction is charged per lot fee that covers photography, advertising, insurance, and other expenses.
All items are covered under Weschler's Fine Arts blanket policy. This assures the safe storage of your merchandise at our gallery until title passes to a new owner.
Merchandise consigned for a Capital Collections auction is charged per lot fee that covers photography, advertising, insurance, and other expenses.
Settlement of Account
Weschler's settles accounts 35 calendar days from the date of each auction. An itemized statement of the account is mailed with the settlement check after all payments by the purchaser have been satisfied.
Metro Auctions (formerly Weekly Auctions)
Metro auctions at Weschler's complement our Capital Collections auctions by offering a wide variety of non-specialized items at moderate prices. Each auction is locally advertised, ensuring our sales are well attended by a large and diverse audience. Every Monday (and Saturdays, Labor Day to Memorial Day) our first floor gallery opens at 9 a.m. for you to inspect an endless variety of merchandise. It's an opportunity to find exceptional values in fine quality reproduction furniture, collectibles, carpets, artwork, silver, jewelry and office and household goods.
Metro auctions begin every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. It's the perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the auction process, to start a collection, or to furnish your home. For the seller, weekly sales offer you an efficient way to get a competitive price and a quick turnaround on your property.
Examining your property
Items for our weekly sales are received by appointment, generally Wednesday and Thursday. While we do not provide estimates of potential auction value for weekly sale items, we will be happy to discuss what similar items have sold for in the past.
Weschler's does not accept reserves, a minimum price below which your merchandise will not be sold, on Metro auction items. The auctioneer does, however, reserve the right to pass a lot if an appropriate opening bid is not achieved.
If after two auctions a bid is not received on a piece, it will be disposed of at the consignor's expense.
Weschler's can help you arrange shipment of your property to our gallery where it is inventoried and safely stored until the sale date.
Weschler's charges commission rates that are outlined in the consignment contract, with a minimum commission of $250 to cover advertising, staff, and other expenses.
Weschler's settles accounts seven calendar days from the sale date on which the last consigned items are sold. Settlement reflects the bid amount less our commission. An itemized receipt is sent at the time of settlement.