Sloans & Kenyon (Auctioneers And Appraisers)



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Sloans & Kenyon is a U.S auction house based in Maryland.


Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers was established in its current format in 2003 and is based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It succeeded C.G.Sloan & Co. which had been established in 1853. Sloans & Kenyon host approximately five auctions yearly and credit among their client base the Blair House Restoration Fund, Tudor Place, CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, Upper Marlbro MD and the National Press Club.

The website is at:

Services and expertise

Sloans & Kenyon hold two kinds of auction; Catalogue auctions and the Collectors Cornerstone auctions.

Catalogue Auctions are held between five and six times a year; items sold are usually at the higher end of the fine arts and collectibles market and are promoted in full colour brochures which are mailed out to important bidders and can also be purchased by other interested parties or viewed online.

The Collectors Cornerstone Auctions are for lower valued items such as vintage furniture and are promoted in black and white catalogues. Both types of auction are heavily advertising and items can be seen before the auction start in designated display areas.

Sellers can arrange valuations on site or at their own homes with preliminary estimates given from item photos and information. Once placed in auction a low estimate and high estimate is given for each lot as a loose guide for bidders.

Bidders can bid in person, or, if unable to be there through the use of an absentee bid. Catalogue auctions also offer the option to telephone in bids. To place online bids (unless sold through the Ebay site) bidders must request and activate a PIN through the official website. They may then leave bids before the auction begins and while it is in progress.


Auction catalogues

None currently listed

Notable sales

The May 2004 auction, held over three days and featuring over 1,800 lots made sales in excess of $1.7 million.

Highlights included 'Head of a Young Black Man' a plaster sculpture by Augusta C. Savage – sold for $17,000 and a 1959 painting by John N. Robinson named 'Breakfast at the Robinson's' which sold for $10,000. Both of them items set world records in the field of sale of African-American works. A second Robinson painting named 'Reclining Woman' fetched $9,500.

Other items which sold well and exceeded their initial estimates included:

  • A miniature of a horse and carriage from 20th century Russia and adorned with pearls and amethyst - sold for $1,300.
  • Chippendale mahogany chest of drawers from the 18th century – sold for $4,250.
  • Narwhal tusk, signed by Admiral Robert E. Peary - $8,500.

A three days estate auction held in November 2007 achieved proceeds of $2.36 million. The highest price achieved for a single lot was a 1794 painting of George Washington by American artist William Francis Williams which sold for $398,000

September 2009 - An 18th century oil painting of the Grand Canal in Venice sold for $687,125 breaking the record for the most expensive painting to be sold at a Washington art auction.

News & Events

Upcoming auction dates

  • Saturday, January 26th/27th – January Estate catalogue auction
  • Saturday, February 16th/17th - IMPORTANT SINGLE-OWNER COLLECTION (The property of Robert S. Fastov, Esq., Washington, DC)
  • Saturday, February 23rd - Auction of Couture and Other Designer Vintage Fashion and Jewelry
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