In August of 1995, Paul Quinn, together with his eldest son David, opened the Auction House of Falls Church on Maple Avenue in Falls Church, Virginia, a small suburb of Washington, D.C. After a devastating fire in 2001, youngest son Matthew joined his father and brother to start anew and they launched Quinn's Auction Galleries. Since then, Quinn's has become one of the nations fastest growing auction houses and is easily accessed from all points along the eastern seaboard. Quinn's has grown exponentially; going from monthly, un-cataloged general auctions to currently holding over 60 auctions throughout the year in antique furniture, porcelain, sculpture, silver, crystal and fine glass, fine paintings and prints, jewelry and watches, coins and stamps, and antique toys and dolls. Quinn's holds weekly general auctions featuring new and old furniture, decorative items, and collectables on Wednesday nights at 6:30 P.M.
In 2004, Quinn's acquired Waverly Auctions, a nationally recognized marketplace for antique and rare books, maps, prints, autographs; and is known nationally as one of the foremost auctioneers of Tasha Tudor original artwork. Originally located in Bethesda, Maryland, Waverly moved their offices to Falls Church, and has enjoyed continued success: often selling the collections of well known personalities, including the large library of Howard K. Smith, a CBS evening news anchor and prominent journalist.
Realizing that there are many residents within the greater Washington D.C. area who cannot physically or emotionally deal with all the details of estate resolution, moving, and downsizing, Quinn's created an Estate Services division, offering comprehensive estate services to residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. In 2007, Paul Quinn opened Quinn's Realty, a brokerage firm located in the same building as the auction gallery, allowing the Estate Services division to work directly with his highly experienced realty team. This joint venture allows clients to move into their new residence and take only the items they would like to keep, while Quinn's takes care of the details. Quinn's can advise you on items to keep for yourself and your family, hold an estate sale at your residence, bring suitable items to auction and coordinate charity and trash removal. As the realty team prepares your home for sale, they can coordinate all repairs and modifications to the property, stage your home for sale, and act as your personal representative at closing. Additionally, Quinn's can provide written appraisals for submission to the court or an insurance company.
The Quinn's team consists of specialists in all fields of rare books, prints, maps, antiques, and decorative arts, in addition to having a painting conservator in the gallery. Quinn's believe in making the auction process approachable, affordable and friendly to both the auction novice and the seasoned veteran. Quinn's will work hard to place your items in the most appropriate auction in order to maximize your dollars, as well as provide all buyers with many specialty sales where they can start or expand their collections. At Quinn's every client is given excellent service, communication and appreciation, whether they are selling a single item or an entire estate. Quinn's has recently trademarked "What's in Your Attic?" a simple phrase that encompasses all aspects of Quinn's services. With so many options for buying and selling, you can be assured that Quinn's Auction Galleries, Quinn's Estate Services, and Quinn's Realty can fit all of your buying and selling needs.
The Quinn family has been involved in the local community for over 20 years and has consistently looked to accommodate its changing needs. Quinn's has provided auctioneers for many local charitable organizations, including the Junior League, Children's Chorus of Washington, and Holy Trinity Elementary School. They have also partnered with R.L. Rasmus Auctioneers, a local auction house specializing in asset recovery for the legal, banking, and business communities. In 2006, together with Rasmus, Quinn's sold the contents of Blackie's House of Beef and Lulu's Club Mardi Gras, two Washington D.C. social landmarks. The Quinn's team has also traveled to Urbana, Virginia and held an onsite estate auction along the banks of the Tappahannock River.