Plans for the Auction of the Betty Ring Collection

The eagerly-anticipated auction of the Betty Ring Needlework Collection at Sotheby’s in New York is now about 8 weeks away.  Many of our members have pre-ordered the sale catalog (see October 31 blog entry for details).  Sotheby’s plans to exhibit the collection for the week preceding the January 22 sale.   This is the opportunity to see the pieces “up close and personal” before they are sold and the collection is broken up.

Hours of the exhibition at Sotheby’s are as follows:

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

It’s possible to see the exhibition as a [long] day-trip.  Here’s what a weekday itinerary might look like:

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train #172 leaves Washington’s Union Station at 7:25 am, and arrives New York Penn Station at 10:45 am.  Taxi to Sotheby’s (15 minutes/$15).  Two hours at the exhibition.  Two hours for lunch (lots of choices near Sotheby’s Upper East Side location).  Taxi back to Penn Station to catch train #173 at 3:35, arriving back at Union Station at 6:46 pm.

Of course, that’s just one way to make the trip.  Another option would be to spend a night in New York, and visit a museum, see a play or concert or otherwise explore New York.  January is often a good time to pick up same-day, discounted theater tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square.

Needleworkers  might enjoy shopping in the Fashion District ( where there are many stores selling fabric, beads, buttons and trimming.



The Loudoun Sampler Guild is a group of sampler enthusiasts based in northern Virginia. We meet monthly for lectures, needlework classes and workshops, and field trips.

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