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How do I know you will give me what I want for my stuff?

1. There are no guarantees at auction. 2. The auction is a consignment process, which means we have an incentive to make you more money because that will make us more money. 3. We do not create the market but reflect it. With that in mind, if choose to sell through auction you have the ability to have an objective view of an item’s financial worth in the current market. People often find that most of their items have more emotional value than auction value.

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What is the advantage of selling at auction?

An educated staff evaluates and places your item in the place it will make you the most money. Auctions will reach an appropriate and diverse buyer base through utilizing multiple platforms, networking with other area sellers, and a large group of regular bidders.

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What types of auctions do you have?

Our weekly auction will bring you 150,000+ registered bidders in the greater capital area, far more than anyone in this region. Our partner Rasmus, the largest commercial auctioneer in the region, has been online only now for close to 20 years calling their last live auction with us in 2003 when we sold the contents of DC restaurant institution Blackies’ House of Beef and Lulu’s Club Mardi Gras.  Our almost two decade old partnership allows us to bring to you something that others just can’t.  

We offer various specialty auctions, typically one to two a month.  Our specialty sales include: Stamps & Coins, Jewelry & Watches, Dolls, Toys & Trains, Pottery & Porcelain, Military & Firearms, Japanese Art, and many other categories as our clients have items.  We love building sales around your collections.

To find out more about our upcoming auctions, and learn how we can help you sell your items, please contact us at

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David Quinn, President,

David QDQSQ2uinn, President, founded The Auction House of Falls Church with his father, Paul, in 1995. At that time, David was a “one man band,” single handedly building and executing our auctions. Initially, David built one auction per month and in a short time span, expanded to more than one a week. When the business was destroyed by fire in 2001, David’s leadership was critical in recovery efforts. Within hours, he forwarded phone lines to his personal cell phone, began alerting clients of the damage and resolving every case to satisfaction. Like a phoenix from the ashes David has led the exponential growth of the new Quinn’s Auction Galleries year after year propelling Quinn’s to one of Washington’s leading firms. David was instrumental in the acquisition of Waverly Auctions, LLC in 2004 and the movement of that business from Bethesda, MD and its incorporation into Quinn’s Falls Church facility. David is a licensed and bonded Auctioneer by the Commonwealth of Virginia, holds a degree from James Madison University in Communications & Public Relations and has an active interest basketball fueled by working under Basketball Coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell and JMU’s Basketball Team. David lives in Falls Church city with his wife and 3 wonderful children.

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Paul Quinn, Chairman of Quinn’s Auction Galleries

Paul_1has been instrumental in its transition from a small “mom & pop” organization into the regional auction house it is today. In 1987, Paul founded the Falls Church Antique Company, antique mall, in the “old white house” on Broad street in Falls Church. In 1995, he saw the founding of The Auction House of Falls Church, with his son and co-founder David, as the next step in fueling his passion for antiques and developing his business corporation. Prior to sowing the seeds of antiques in Falls Church, Paul served a 20 year career in hospital administration, including 8 years as COO for Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Paul is a licensed and bonded as an auctioneer by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Broker for Quinn’s Realty and Estate Services. He holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Theology, with a Masters in Health Care Administration. He is an active parishioner in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington D.C.’s trendy Georgetown neighborhood and enjoys traveling with his wife, Cathy.

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Matthew Quinn, Executive Vice President

Matt_1played a leading role in the growth and development of Quinn’s Auction Galleries into one of the DC area’s finest antiques and fine art auction firms. Matthew spearheaded the development of Quinn’s Realty & Estate Services division expanding the auction house into a full service firm, focusing on assisting senior citizens with downsizing and helping families through estate dissolution with sensitivity and a focus on financial preservation. He routinely educates seniors in the Washington DC area on estate planning. Matthew has been featured on the cover of Antique Trader Magazine in “Generation Next,” an article featuring the youngest leaders in the industry. Nationally, he has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, and has been written about in trade publications including Antique Week, Antiques & the Arts Weekly and Maine Antiques Digest. He has also led Quinn’s coverage in local publications including Washingtonian Magazine, The New York Daily News, The Washington Times and The Washington Post. He holds a degree in Management from George Mason University’s School of Management, has a passion for food & the culinary arts and can be found frequenting D.C.’s finest restaurants in between auctions.

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Live online bidding

Live online bidding is available for some of our auctions. We have dedicated staff members executing all online bids during these auctions. This allows us to extend our customer base worldwide which benefits consignors and buyers.

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