Auctions: Time to get out of town

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NOW THAT the big London auctioneers have taken their Purdeys to Scotland (or whatever it is they do when not grousing in London), it is time to tootle around country auctions and tomorrow's many fairs. Look particularly for old and new furniture, always in abundance after Christmas.

Birmingham: Pictures and prints, varied selection of televisions and videos, Monday (7pm). Biddle and Webb, Ladywood, Middleway (021 455 8042).

Devizes: Furniture includes bric-a-brac, antiques, sometimes complete clearances, Tuesday (10am). Henry Aldridge and Son, 1 Wine Street (0380 729199).

Warrington: No-reserve items from county courts, Inland Revenue and the police are among 500 varied lots, including furniture, Thursday (10.30am). Littons, Guardian Street (0925 572199).

Derby: Besides furniture, the Cattle Market sale, next Saturday (10.30am), will have collectables and no-reserve repossessions and stolen goods recovered by police. Richardson and Linnell (0332 296369).

Bedford: General sale has everything from furniture to ladies' designer and fashion clothing (Mondi, Emmanuel, Diffusion, Oui), eggs and produce, plant and vehicles - plenty without reserve, next Saturday (9.30am). Wilson and Peacock (0234 266366).

Other sales of furniture and effects:

Today: Wilson and Peacock, 26 Newnham Street, Bedford, 10.30am (0234 266366); Richardson's, Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, 10am (0778 422686).

Tomorrow: Frank and Shirley's Auctions, 37 John Street, Luton, with antiques and collectables, 5.30pm (0582 405281). C & C Auctions, Montefiore Hall, Hazelwick Road, Three Bridges, Crawley, 2pm (0403 257950).

Monday: Abbotts, The Hill, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, 11am (0728 746323). Capes Dunn, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, 12 noon (061 273 1911). Criterion Salerooms, 53 Essex Road, Islington, north London, with general antiques, 6.30pm (071-359 5707). Lewes Auction Rooms, 56 High Street, Lewes, 11am (0273 478221). Lots Road Galleries, 71 Lots Road, Chelsea, west London: contemporary 3pm, antique including rugs, silver, objects, 6pm (071-531 7771).

Tuesday: Bell Court Auction Rooms, 67 High Street, Bidford-on-Avon, 7pm (0789 772611). Bonhams, 65 Lots Road, Chelsea, 10.30am (071-351 7111). Sotheby's Sussex, Summers Place, Billingshurst, bookcases, chests, mostly low hundreds, 11am (0403 783933).

Wednesday: Andersons Auction Rooms, 28 Linenhall Street, Belfast, 11am (0232 321401). Andrew Hartley Fine Art, Victoria Hall, Little Lane, Ilkley, 10am (0943 816363). Henry Spencer & Sons, 20 The Square, Retford, 10.30am (0777 708633).

Thursday: Amersham Auction Rooms, 125 Station Road, Amersham, 10.30am (0494 729292).

Friday: Brackett's, 27 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, 10am (0892 533733). Durrants, 10 New Market, Beccles, 10.30am (0502 712122).

Next Saturday: Carmarthen Auction Centre, Pensarn Road, Carmarthen, 11am (0267 222272). Tudor Auction Rooms, 28 High Street, Carcroft, Doncaster, 11am (0302 725029).

TOMORROW'S ANTIQUES FAIRS

Century Antique Fairs, Park Lane Hotel, London, 11am (071-794 3551). Monway Ltd, Conrad Hotel, Chelsea Harbour, 10am (071-603 0380). Wakefield Antiques Fairs, Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1, 10am (0634 723461). Margaret Browne Fairs, Whitgift School, Nottingham Road, South Croydon, 9am (081-874 3622). Ship Hotel, Monument Green, Weybridge (1950 dateline), 10am (0753 685098). Cross Country Fairs, The Copthorne, Effingham Park, West Sussex, 9am (0850 863388). West Midland Antique Fairs, three days, last day tomorrow, County Showground, Stafford, 10am (0743 271444). Cheshire Antique Fairs: three days, last day tomorrow, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Middlewich Road, Nantwich, 10am (051 327 3853). Jax Fairs, Picketts Lock, off Meridian, Edmonton, London N9, 11am (0444 400570). Antiques and collectors' fair, The Metropole, The Leas, Folkestone, 9.30am (0303 245542). Crown Promotions, National Motorcycle Museum, near NEC, Birmingham, 10am (0831 293878).

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