Christie's is trundling into the antiques roadshow tradition, offering two weeks of day-long valuations ( pounds 1 each, in aid of the National Art Collections Fund), free lectures and restoration demonstrations. Tuesday: Decorative arts - all-day furniture restoration and Paul Atterbury on Victorian art and design (1pm, 6pm). Wednesday: Oriental artworks - Kiyko Sawada, UK leader of the Ikenobo school of Japanese flower arranging, demonstrates (12 noon-2pm) and Christie's Colin Sheaf on Chinese art for the European interior (2.30pm, 6.30pm). Thursday: All-day picture cleaning, frame restoration, and Jonathan Horwich, Christie's modern Brit specialist, on assessing pictures (1pm, 6.30pm).
Look for off-season picture bargains in Modern Brits at Christie's South Kensington, Thursday (10.30am) and 19th-century Continental at Christie's Friday (11am). Classic cars at Brooks' auction at Olympia on Tuesday (6pm) include a rare 1959 variant of the Messerschmitt 'bubble' car, expected to fetch more than pounds 7,000. Toys: 361-lot sale at Sotheby's, strong on tinplate, Wednesday (1pm) and at Christie's South Kensington, Thursday (2pm).
Glasgow: Arms and furniture Wednesday (11am), pictures Thursday (2pm). Christie's, 164 Bath Street (041 332 8134).
Chester: Remaining contents of Downswood, Abbots Park, Wednesday (11am), in the saleroom. Phillips (0244 313936).
Welshpool: Contents of a wicker furniture shop, in a general sale at the town hall, Friday (10am). Harry Ray (0938 552555).
Coventry: Computers, faxes, copiers, software, telephones, televisions, hi-fis, videos, at 22 Central City Industrial Estate, Red Lane, Friday (12 noon). Richard Ellis (0203 555180).
Bourne: Wool for hand and machine, next Saturday (noon). Richardsons, Bourne Auction Rooms (0778 422686).
Folkestone: Collection of table lamps and lights, furniture, artworks, Thursday (11am). Phillips, Bayle Parade (0303 245555).
Annual Shropshire Antiques Fair, Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury, Tuesday-Thursday. Antiques in Britain Fairs (0273 423355).
London Antique Dealers Fair, Cafe Royal, Regent Street, Tuesday-Sunday. Jane Sumner (0672 870727).
Giant Antique Fair, Bingley Hall, County Showground, Stafford, Friday- Sunday. Bowman Fairs (0532 843333).
City of Plymouth Biannual Antiques Fair, The Pavilions, next Saturday-Sunday (0934 624854).
Rutland Antiques Fair, Uppingham School, next Saturday-Sunday. Cooper Antiques Fairs (0672 515558).
Antiques Trade Gazette (071-930 4957), Government Auction News (071-734 8291/4, hotline 0891 887700).
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Birmingham: Pawnbrokers' unredeemed pledges, Thursday (10.30am). Fellows & Sons, Augusta Street, Hockley (021-212 2131).
Manchester: More unredeemed pledges, Thursday (11am), including low-reserve jewellery, collectables. Artingstall and Hind, 39 Cobden Street, Pendleton (061- 736 5682).Reuse content